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Melanie asked...

I have separated abdominal muscles.

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After my daughter was born 2 years ago, I was told I had separated abdominal muscles. I received some physio from NHS but do not believe it has been cured as I can feel a gap in my stomach muscles.

My lower back also feels weak and I can't lay on my front at night as it is very uncomfortable and feels like my back is 'sinking' inwards. Do you have any information regarding this condition and how to repair the muscles as I can't find anything on the internet?

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The answer

The only way to rebuild lost muscle tone is to exercise the muscle and increase your protein intake. Further physiotherapy may well be helpful (you would need a new referral from your GP for this), and a personal trainer might be appropriate (subject to medical approval) to help you work on individual muscle groups and improve your holistic health.

In some instances surgical abdominoplasty can be performed to sew muscles together; this is major surgery which only a specialist could recommend to you. This procedure is costly and would not improve your back. In the meantime, please continue to exercise and ensure that you have a good balanced diet with lots of protein which will help with muscle repair.

I wish you all the best and hope that you are able to improve your situation. Please do not hesitate to contact us again if we can help you further.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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