How to check for Diastasis Recti

Abdominal separation is all the talk these days. It seems that a lot of prominent fitness experts are coming out with new programs on "how I healed my diastasis." As we talked in previous posts, diastasis is a separation of the abdominal muscles from the linea alba (the midline fascia/connective tissue).

One of the most common ways a separation is measured is by "finger width." For example, a 2 finger width separation would be the width of 2 fingers. Now, keep in mind that we all have slightly different sized hands and fingers, so this makes this way of measuring slightly difficult to gauge person to person.

Another component that is looked at is how deep and springy the linea alba is when palpated. "Great," you might be saying, "So how do I know if I have a separation and if it is safe for me to continue with my exercises?"