Ab Separation: To Crunch or Not to Crunch?
Ab separation, also known as diastasis recti, is a common condition that affects many women after pregnancy. It occurs when the fascia between the two rectus abdominis muscles stretches and thins, creating a gap that can lead to a protruding belly and weakened core muscles. While ab separation is a natural part of pregnancy, it can also be a source of discontent for many women. There are many exercises that claim to help heal ab separation, but one of the most controversial is the crunch. Traditionally one concern is the effect that crunches can have on intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). IAP