Phoenix Rehab Novena Clinic Launch

Dear doctors, patients and friends, we are going to launch Phoenix Rehab @ Novena tentatively on Monday, 8th January 2018 (see clinic location and details here), subject to finalizations related to renovations and pre-launch activities. There is lots more to do, including the completion and upgrading of this website, but we are very excited for this opportunity to serve you.

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Rectus Diastasis Physiotherapy

What is a Rectus Diastasis?

Rectus Diastasis Physiotherapy refers to physiotherapy intervention for this condition called rectus diastasis - it is the sepataion of the rectus abdominis (see picture above), which is also the 6-pack muscle.

Most of the time, this condition happens during pregnancy, even though sometimes it may automatically and spontaneously correct by itself after delivery...but this auto correction does not always happen.

To know if you have this condition, simply lie on your back, and then lift up your head - if the center of your belly protudes, then you likely have it.

Why is it a problem?

Rectus diastasis causes structural weakness to your abdominal wall and your core. You see, your abdominal muscles works closely with your pelvic floor muscles, so the separation of your rectus abdominis muscles will cause your pelvic floor to be less effective and efficient, and may even lead to prolapse and incontinence (read more on pelvic floor physiotherapy here)

How is it measured?

How we measure the severity is by the number of fingers that you can fit into the separation between the muscles when you lie on your back and lift your head.


  • 1/2 (half) finger above and below the belly button
  • 1 (one) finger at the belly button

The bigger the number of fingers that can fit in, the worse the condition.

Rectus Diastasis Physiotherapy

If more than 4 fingers can be fitted between the abdominal muscles, then we will immediately recommend first an abdominal binder.

Abdominal binders or a wide, non-stretchy scarf tied around your waist can be used, it needs to be supporting from your hip bones to your rib cage, and it needs to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - all the time.

You can only take the abdominal binder or the scarf off when you do your correction exercise below, or when you take a shower. Yes, you would need to keep it on even as you sleep or move about.

Tedious, yes, but extremely effective.

Rectus Diastasis Physiotherapy
Corrective Exercise

If you suffer from this condition, you will definitely need corrective exercises.

Here's what you need to do: lie on your back with your knees bent. Place a sheet (folded blankets works well too) around your waist, crossed like you are trying a knot and ensure it is pulled snug and firm.

Then, raise ONLY your head, chin towards your chest. Hold for a count of 5, exhaling during the count. Lower your head as you loosen your grip on the sheet or folded blanket (see picture below)

Repeat 10-30 times per session, twice per day.

It should be corrected within 4 weeks.

However, if it doesn't correct withinthis time frame, please see a physiotherapist who specialist in pelvic muscle physiotherapy.

Visit our Women's Health Physiotherapy Page

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Our Physio & Rehab Expertise

Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.

Areas of specialization

  • physiotherapy: back and neck (spine), sports, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle
  • hand therapy: forearm, wrist, hand and fingers
  • podiatrist: leg, calf, ankle, foot and toes
  • read more on our specializations here

All our therapists are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCM). See our entire team here by location and specialization.

Initially, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover. They then provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

To call for inquiries or appointments, please contact us at:

SMS/Call/Whatsapp: 96402670


Tell A Friend About Us

We appreciate you as a patient and want you to know that the #1 way we grow as a clinic is through word of mouth referrals from valued patients like yourself.

We do not rely on advertising - instead, we prefer and appreciate the goodwill and positive reinforcement from patients.

When you have the opportunity, please take the time to tell your family, friends and physicians about the positive results and experience you have had in our clinic.

Thank you so much, and stay healthy!

Please Call/SMS/WhatsApp to
xx, thanks!


We are a wholly Singapore Private Limited group of licensed physiotherapists, hand therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, clinical pilates practitioners and TCM physicians practicing in our scope of rehabilitation and its areas of specializations.

As listed in our website are the list of services we provide our clients as referred by their medical doctors or by self referrals/word of mouth, but you can also make an appointment without seeing any doctors (that being said, if you do need a referral to a specialist orthopedic surgeon or sports GP, we will recommend you too as value added service at no additional costs to you).

The range of rehabilitation results vary from patients to patients, depending on a variety of factors and reasons such as severity of condition, genetics, gender and age. However, we will still deliver the best evidence-based-practice of physiotherapy, hand therapy, TCM, sports training and deep tissue release therapy that we can deliver (we are proud to say that we try our best to only engage the most experienced and specialist therapists - which makes a big difference in clinical outcomes).

The information available on this site is for educational purposes only, if you need a full professional advise on physiotherapy, hand therapy and occupational therapy, please schedule an appointment with us by contacting our staff by Call/SMS/WhatsApp at xx or email, thanks!




You can also text or WhatsApp and we will call you back too =)


Physio, Rehab &  Insurance

Your physio, hand therapy and rehab with us may be covered under your medical insurance or cashless - find out more here.


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OMG. The pain levels in my hands have dropped dramatically, about 60-70%


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