Do sit ups help a tummy bulge?

Not if you have a diastasis - a tummy ‘bulge’ could in fact be a diastasis!

Diastasis rectus abdominis is a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle, which is commonly known as the ‘six pack’ muscle. It occurs when there is excessive stretch to the linea alba (the middle line of connective tissue joining the muscles together), usually from too much intra-abdominal pressure. This condition affects 100% of women in their third trimester of pregnancy, but it can actually occur in anyone, even men!

There is actually some trending on social media currently with misinformed people attempting to get definition of this linea alba, coining the term “ab crack”!

The diastasis, or tummy gap, can be palpated and measured at different points along the abdomen. In some people it can easily be seen as a ‘doming’ or ‘tenting’ shape when you bend forward or move to get up from lying, especially noticeable when doing an abdominal sit-up. Diastasis can affect how well your abdominal muscles work as part of the “core” system, and can even lead to problems with the pelvic floor.

Reduce your Abd Crack!

Horizon physiotherapist Peri Ross has recently completed a specialist “Diastasis Detective” course which utilises a whole body approach of looking “north of the navel and south of the pubis” to treat diastasis.

 A big part of addressing diastasis is whole body alignment and posture. The Horizon Clinical Pilates program integrates these principles on an individual basis, specifically addressing any alignment or pressure issues which can affect tummy separation. You can learn how to move with optimal posturing, which is how your body is designed to move!    

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Is your posture giving you a headache?

The relationship of poor posture and neck and head pain is one of intimacy. Muscles that connect between the shoulder blades, the neck and base of the skull are responsible for how we hold our shoulders, good or bad!
Sitting slumped in a shoulder forward position at a computer all day can result in the shoulder blades being positioned forward and downward sloping. This puts these connecting muscles in a state of tension which intern restricts the natural movement of the neck joints and head movements.
Alternatively sitting stiff and upright whilst 'pinching' the shoulder blades together can also result in abnormally positioned shoulder blades which will affect the connecting muscles.
A postural assessment and necessary correction will help significantly in managing and solving, long term neck pain and headaches.

Knee pain in children

Knee pain is a common symptom of poor foot mechanics.  Obviously there are many causes of knee pain, but quite often foot mechanics are solely to blame for an incorrect knee position.  Commonly knee pain in children that occurs without injury strikes at the age of 13-14 years.  It affects more active children who are growing.

Looking at shoe choices for both school and sporting activities is imperative when teens complain of knee pain.  Often orthotic intervention is required in this critical growing age.
Kylie Gates, our resident podiatrist has over 20 years experience in treating children with knee pain. A through assessment of the walking pattern is required to determine the best form of treatment.