What is Abdominal Separation AKA DRAM?
by Khoa Pham
Abdominal separation also know as Diastasis Rectis Abdominis (DRAM) is commonly overlooked after giving birth. A DRAM is a separation down the middle of the abdominal muscles, see picture below. It is important to get a DRAM assessed because it can increase your risk of having low back issues, hernias and pelvic instability later in life.
What causes a DRAM?
DRAMs can be affected by factors such as:
- Hormonal changes
- Weight gain
- Abdominal muscle weakness and
- Abdominal muscle stretching due to growth of the baby.
It can also affect men who have placed excessive stress on their abdominal muscles.
How can a DRAM cause lower back issues?
A simple explanation of how a weak core (caused by a DRAM) can result in lower back issues is:
When the Transverse Abdominis (TA) is not activated properly, there is less support for the ligaments and bony structures of your back when you’re doing day-to-day things. This increases your risk of injury. The TA is one of your most important core muscles, it lies below the six-pack muscle and wraps around your back to support it like a corset.
Is a DRAM treatable?
Yes, … read more »