K. Kazmi, G. M. Hashmi, M. Bilal, N. Iqbal, Wajeeha, A. Ilyas, A. Asif, J. Shafiq
Pakistan Journal of Medical & Health Sciences



Effect of Abdominal Physiotherapy in Reduction of Inter Recti Distance in Postpartum Females

K. Kazmi, G. M. Hashmi, M. Bilal, N. Iqbal, Wajeeha, A. Ilyas, A. Asif, J. Shafiq



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ABSTRACT

Aim: To see the effect of abdominal exercises in the recovery of diastasis recti in post natal females.

Methodology: A Quasi Experimental study design was used to enroll 40 participants from OPD of Gynecology and Obstetrics from a Tertiary Care Hospital Lahore between ages ranged from 18 to 30 years. Using purposive sampling all postpartum females having diastasis of rectus abdominis muscles with inter recti distance more than 2 fingers width were enrolled. All the study participants received abdominal muscle exercises program for 30 min a day in 8 week program. inter recti distance was measured by using two finger palpation method. All the pre intervention and post intervention data were recorded into a short structured proforma.Results were considered significant for p value ≤ 0.05.

Results: 40 participants were selected in this study with an age from 18- 30 years. The inter recti distance was significantly reduced as p value was ≤ 0.05 for both (above umbilicus and below umbilicus) groups.

Conclusion: It was observed that abdominal exercises helped in the recovery of diastasis and reduced the separation between the muscles in postpartum women. It also enlightens the importance of the prescription of physiotherapy in reduction of post partum complications.

Keywords: Abdominal Exercises, Diastasis Recti, Pregnancy, Postnatal period,



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