Emsculpt for Diastasis Recti + Other Ab Separation Treatments
Reconstructive surgery, physical therapy, and Emsculpt for diastasis recti are all effective treatments for abdominal separation after pregnancy. Learn more about each option to discover which treatment is right for you.
<< To learn more about what causes abdominal separation, read part I of the Diastasis Recti series here.
When abdominal separation does not resolve on its own, medical intervention may be necessary. Surgery, physical therapy, and Emsculpt for Diastasis Recti all seek to restore the rectus abdominis muscles back to their midline.
The severity of separation and your particular preferences for treatment will determine the best course for you to take.
Physical Therapy for Diastasis Recti
Physical therapy or physiotherapy may be successful for treating mild cases of abdominal separation. The therapy seeks to restore the muscles that were damaged during pregnancy by strengthening the core and targeting the deep muscles of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor.
However, this route does not involve your typical ab workout. In fact, stomach exercises like crunches and situps may exacerbate the separation. Thus, women should seek the advice of a medical professional on how to properly strengthen their abs muscles after giving birth.
Surgery for Diastasis Recti
For severe cases of Diastasis Recti, surgical intervention may be necessary. The degree of surgical intervention depends on the severity of the problem.
Ab separation is usually treated with a tummy tuck. However, this condition is often not covered by medical insurance, which considers the tummy tuck a cosmetic, thus an elective procedure.
Depending on your surgeon, location, and other factors, tummy tucks can range from $8,000 to $12,000 on average.
Emsculpt for Diastasis Recti
Emsculpt is a new body contouring treatment that enhances muscle mass and tone. The novel therapy utilizes HIFEM or Highly Focused Electromagnetic Energy to stimulate powerful muscle contractions. A single, 30-minute treatment induces 20,000 contractions in the abdomen.
Just like manual exercise, these contractions stress the muscles, forcing the tissue to adapt. To respond to the strain of these contractions, the body produces new muscle tissue (hyperplasia) and enhances existing muscle fibers (hypertrophy.)
Besides chiseling the abdomen for a washboard stomach, Emsculpt can strengthen the core. Treatments target the major muscles of the abdominal wall, including those involved in diastasis recti. Supramaximal contractions encourage the body to rejuvenate the rectus abdomen muscles, making them bigger and stronger.
This rejuvenation helps close the gap created by diastasis recti. This is supported by clinical studies which show Emsculpt for Diastasis Recti results in a significant reduction of ab separation.
Scientific reviews of Emsculpt for Diastasis Recti
Studies demonstrate that Emsculpt improves diastasis recti by strengthening the abdominal wall. One study, published in the journal of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, found:
“Analysis…showed a statistically significant average 18.6% reduction of adipose tissue thickness, 15.4% increase in rectus abdominis muscle thickness, and 10.4% reduction in rectus abdominus separation (diastasis recti).”
Emsculpt for Postpartum Women
Even if you do not suffer from Diastasis Recti, Emsculpt helps restore the appearance of your abdomen after giving birth.
One study, “Abdominal Remodeling in Postpartum Women by Using a High-intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) Procedure,” evaluated “whether HIFEM technology can positively affect abdominal appearance in postpartum women.”
Noting significant improvements in muscle thickness and notable decreases in adipose tissue (belly fat), the researchers found: “The [EMSCULPT] procedure appears to be effective in producing positive abdominal remodeling in women after childbirth.” This occurs “by reducing abdominal separation and fat thickness and increasing abdominal muscle mass.”
The study concluded, “ Our results suggest that postpartum women may achieve greater improvements with the HIFEM procedure, compared to the general population, and that the HIFEM procedure may yield better results than abdominal exercise programs in this patient population. “
Emsculpt Near Me
If you suffer from abdominal separation after pregnancy, Emsculpt for diastasis recti may be the ideal solution for you. Learn more about the new muscle-building treatment by contacting Dr. Julia Edelman at the New England Center for Body Sculpting to schedule a free consultation. Reach out to Dr. Edelman online by filling out the form below. Or call 508 947-2852 today to schedule a consult.
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Jacob, Carolyn, Rank, Brittany. “Abdominal Remodeling in Postpartum Women by Using a High-intensity Focused Electromagnetic (HIFEM) Procedure: An Investigational Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Pilot Study.” The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2020;13(4 Suppl):S16–S20. LINK.
Kinney, Brian M, and Paula Lozanova. “High intensity focused electromagnetic therapy evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging: Safety and efficacy study of a dual tissue effect based non-invasive abdominal body shaping.” Lasers in surgery and medicine vol. 51,1 (2019): 40-46. doi:10.1002/lsm.23024. LINK.