What is DRAM?
DRAM stands for Diastasis of the Rectus Abdominis Muscle which is the separation of the Rectus Abdominis (or 6 pack) muscle. This muscle plays a big role in providing stability to your lower back and trunk. As a result women who experience abdominal separation are more likely to experience back pain, hernias, pelvic girdle pain and pelvic floor dysfunction.
What causes DRAM?
- Pregnancy hormones (Relaxin)
- Size of your baby
- Multiple pregnancies
- Abdominal weakness
2 out 3 women experience abdominal separation as a result of pregnancy.
How do I reduce my DRAM?
First of all it is important to get tested by your Physiotherapist to determine the size of your abdominal separation. 2cm or wider is considered to be a significant separation.
For most women specific exercise programs and Clinical Pilates sessions are the best way to reduce any separation. These exercise programs will focus on core activation and strengthening your lower abdominals and pelvic floor. It is important that you do not start your abdominal retraining with sit ups or similar exercises as these have the potential to worsen and prolong your abdominal separation.
Contact us today to arrange a DRAM assessment with one of our Physiotherapists.