Diastasis Rectified

My journey to heal postpartum diastasis recti

Rib thrusting, diastasis recti, and where to go from here

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Bellies 2014

I am almost done with the Psoas course from The Restorative Exercise Institute and I am here to report that I am a rib thruster. Notice in the second photo from the right how the bottom of my rib cage is in front of my ASIS (your ASIS is the bony part of your pelvis in the front that is commonly mistaken for a hip bone). This shortens my psoas muscles, shifts the way my body carries its own weight, and increases pressure in all the wrong places. I would explain more, but I’m not an expert. Yet.

This, and other misalignments, help explain explain why Mutu isn’t giving me the results I want. I don’t meant the appearance I want but rather the body function. The machine of my body is more like the ’89 Volvo with the electrical problem that would leave me stranded in the middle of the highway (literally in the middle…of a lane…it would just shut off) and less like the aerodynamic Teslas I see zipping around the city. For example, I was out of commission for days last week with a debilitating neck and back spasm which my 22lb 9mo was only too happy to accommodate [sarcasm]. I have felt like the work I’m doing, while having some visually obvious effect on my body, has not been addressing the full root of the problem. It’s like if you put fertilizer on a plant whose soil is too acidic or alkaline – you are not going to help the plant until you adjust the soil.

I believed I was fixing my “soil” with zero drop shoes and some lifestyle changes, but I’m seeing now that the more fundamental problems require more extensive changes Habits I’ve learned over literally decades (dating all the way back to my first ballet class at 4) and things drilled into me in the Exercise Science building at my college or in the group classroom at the gym not only contributed to this problem in the first place but are preventing me from being well.

BUT WAIT, it’s not all sad panda around here! I am on a trajectory to fix these underlying issues. While Wendy does base many of her exercises on Katy’s work, I need more information and practical knowledge. I need to understand all the “whys” because that’s just the kind of woman I am, I guess. It won’t affect change in me until I really “get” it, that much I know is true. That’s why I have signed up to complete the first step of the certification program to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist. It’s a nice goal to have, but in end systems are more important than goals. So, part of my “system” is to continue to integrate what I’m learning and applying into this blog and pass on the information to all of you with separated bellies wondering if it can even get better. Together we can create healthier, happier bodies that work with us and not against us. I hope you’ll join me. 🙂

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Author: diastasisrectified

I am charting my progress as I recover from a diastasis recti and get back to an active lifestyle.

4 thoughts on “Rib thrusting, diastasis recti, and where to go from here

  1. -great post! Thanks for being such a driven person — first of all, to research and learn this information for your own self edification, and secondly, for wanting to share the information. *I’m in.* I truly look forward to benefiting from your studies. (Thanks again.)

  2. I’m a rib thruster too! A yoga instructor pointed it out to me once and never showed me how to correct it. It took an osteopath and a pelvic floor therapist to teach me how to stand properly and I’m still learning.

    So in summary, for MuTu to fully work, we need proper alignment, 0mm drop shoes, daily walks and the exercise to see and feel a difference? I’ve just started my MuTu journey and I want to make sure I’ve got the basics covered.

    Good luck with your goals and thanks for sharing!

    • Michelle, it’s such a process! It’s like you can tell your brain but getting your brain to continually tell your body over and over again…well, that takes time.

      I’d say you’ve covered all the basics! It seems like a lot, but these bodies of ours are worth it. Good luck on your healing journey and thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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