Accession Number : ADA296340

Title :   Effects of Exercise and Exercise Combined with Electrical Stimulation on a Diastasis Recti: A Single Subject Design.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Sitler, Kerry L.

PDF Url : ADA296340

Report Date : 07 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : In the physical therapy management of the obstetrical patient, the opportunity to effectively evaluate and treat associated musculoskeletal dysfunction is gaining popularity. A common musculoskeletal condition found during and after pregnancy is a diastasis recti abdominis.1-4 The term diastasis simply means separation of. Many researchers believe that this separation occurs secondary to the softening of connective tissues related to the hormonal releases of progesterone and relaxing, and to the prolonged stress of a progressive weight gain, and subsequent weakness of the abdominal muscles associated with pregnancy. Other sources have speculated that a diastasis recti may be directly related to a large birth weight baby or to multiple births, to the mother's fitness level before and during her pregnancy, to a previous history of connective tissue disease, or to belonging to a particular race. Diastasis recti can also be found in young children, in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or following abdominal surgery, with obesity and malnutrition, or with chronic constipation.

Descriptors :   *ELECTRIC CURRENT, *EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY), HORMONES, STIMULATION(GENERAL), MANAGEMENT, DISEASES, WEIGHT, GAIN, RELEASE, MUSCLES, MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM, SURGERY, PREGNANCY, CHILDREN, DYSFUNCTION, RESPIRATORY DISEASES, ABDOMEN, CONNECTIVE TISSUE, OBESITY, MALNUTRITION, PROGESTERONE, PHYSICAL THERAPY, SOFTENING.

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology
      Electricity and Magnetism

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