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Rehabilitacion (Madr). 2019 Jul - Sep;53(3):198-210. doi: 10.1016/j.rh.2018.12.004. Epub 2019 Apr 11.

[What is the best exercise for rehabilitation of abdominal diastasis rehabilitation?]

[Article in Spanish]

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Facultad de Fisioterapia, Universidad de Vigo, Pontevedra, España.
Facultad de Fisioterapia, Universidad de Vigo, Pontevedra, España. Electronic address:


The aim of this study was to analyse the scientific literature to identify the different types of exercises that influence inter-rectus distance with a view to subsequently including them in the treatment of diastasis rectus abdominis. A search made in the CINHAL, PEDRo, Pubmed, and Scopus databases. Fourteen valid articles were included in the analysis. The articles were divided into 2 groups: those analysing exercise with an immediate effect and those presenting an exercise programme with a delayed effect (long term); the most commonly used exercise was the curl-up. There is a lack of consensus on the effects of the different types of exercises evaluated on inter-rectus distance. However, curl ups decrease inter-rectus distance when it is checked immediately. Abdominal muscle training through an exercise programme helps to reduce inter-rectus distance but the optimal exercises to include in an exercise programme remain to be elucidated.


Alba line; Diastasis; Diástasis; Ejercicio; Exercise; Línea alba; Rehabilitación; Rehabilitation


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