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Will wearing the diastasis rehab splint® make my muscles weaker?

This is a very valid question as some abdominal binders do weaken your muscles.  The diastasis rehab splint® will NOT weaken your abdominal muscles.  The purpose of the splint is to pull your separated muscles together.  Bringing the muscles closer together makes the Tupler Technique® exercises more effective, thus making your abdominals stronger.  By bringing the muscles closer together it helps you to feel the muscles whilst you are doing the exercises, and at the same time puts the connective tissue it a better position to heal.

Ultimately closing your diastasis recti is all about healing your connective tissue.  Compression garments that bring the belly back to the spine will weaken your muscles as they are doing the work that’s your muscles should be doing.  The Tupler Technique® programme strengthens your muscles so that they can do the job themselves.

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Not in London but want some support?

So you have a diastasis and are keen to start the Tupler Technique® programme.  You would like  some one on one support and have some questions to ask but are too far away from London to attend one of our workshops?

Don’t worry, you can join one of Julie Tupler RN’s  6 week online support programmes.  This includes a video to watch each week, Tupler Tips for that week as well as 3 live 1 hour webinars with Julie Tupler RN throughout the course of the programme.  Follow the link for more details.   Be sure to sign up with discount code RPEIRS to receive a 10% discount.

Or if you prefer you can arrange a one on one skype session directly with Rachel.  Rachel can discuss the severity of your diastasis recti, answer your questions and show you how to do the exercises.

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Do I have diastasis recti?

Of course it takes time to get your body back after giving birth.  We all accept that things may not be exactly as they were, but sadly many women who are affected by a diastasis recti are simply not aware that they have it.

Awareness of the condition is improving but many GP’s do not even check for this at the 6 week check up.  Many women don’t realise there is something not quite right with their tummy until 5 or 6 months, or even years, after giving birth.

If you have lost all your baby weight but simply can’t get rid of your mummy tummy regardless of how much exercise you are doing, pop along to our next free belly check.  Rachel will check your tummy for a diastasis and give you more information on how the Tupler Technique® can help correct the condition.  The next belly check event will be held on Thursday 4th October between 7.30pm and 9pm.

LIKE us on face book to book your free slot http://www.facebook.com/tummytribe.

 

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Diastasis recti is a common condition in men

Women who have had children make up a large proportion of our client base, but increasingly we are helping lots of men too.   Diastasis recti is a common occurrence in men.

So how does it happen?   There are various things that can cause a diastasis recti in men, but one of the main ones is that many men will do lots of crunches and straining exercises to try and achieve trim abdominal muscles.  These crunches can create intra abdominal pressure and cause the connective tissue to stretch.  Any weight gain then puts pressure on the weakened tissue and causes a man gut.

The great news is the Tupler Technique® can give you toned abdominals, a strong support system for your back, a smaller waist and a healthier prostate.

If you suspect you or your partner may be affected by diastasis recti, come along to our next free belly check event to find out more or order your men’s pack which contains everything you need to get started on the programme. http://tummytribe.com/wp/shop/mens-pack-one/

 

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What does diastasis recti look like?

Pressure on abdominal muscles from pregnancy, forceful pressure from doing the wrong type of abdominal exercises or putting on weight can all cause a diastasis recti.

Side view of a diastasis before starting programme

This protrusion is not due to excess weight. Because the abdominal muscles are separated,  the internal organs are pushing against the weakened linea alba (connective tissue) causing this protrusion.

This client had a diastasis of 5 1/2 fingers which is quite severe.

Side view at week 9

Nine weeks after starting the Tupler Technique programme she had closed this gap to just 2 fingers.  As you can see the abdominals look more toned and the tummy much flatter.  The Tupler Technique® helps to strengthen and heal the connective tissue which in turn helps bring the muscles back together.

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Over 70% of mums are left with a diastasis..

Did you know that over 70% of mum’s have a diastasis recti, more commonly know as a “mummy tummy”?

Most of these women will not even realise they have this condition, because with a small diastasis the symptoms may be less obvious.

But even if there are no aesthetic concerns there are certain health risks involved with having a diastasis recti:

  • Mummy Tummy or man gut
  • Risk of ventral hernia
  • Less support for internal organs
  • Less support for back and spine
  • Less core stability
  • Difficult labour
  • Difficult recovery after birth
  • Difficult recovery after abdominal surgery

The Tupler Technique® can heal a diastasis and help reduce these risks.  Anyone can benefit from the programme, regardless of age or gender.

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Pushing with a diastasis..

Did you know that a diastasis recti can make pushing in labour very difficult.  Because the abdominal muscles are separated the weakened connective tissue is supporting the uterus instead of the muscles.  The uterus is top heavy from the growing baby and thus will tilt forward.  As the uterus tilts the cervix moves out of alignment with the vaginal canal creating a detour in the babies passage through the birth canal.

The Tupler Technique® “perfect pushing” programme teaches women how to push with their strengthened and splinted abdominal muscles whilst relaxing their pelvic floor muscles.

Julie Tupler RN says “..pushing during the marathon of labor is a learned skill. You cannot teach someone a new skill when they are in pain.  Pushing must be learned and practiced during pregnancy so it becomes second nature during labor..”

Amazingly in the Maternal Fitness® six week workshops taught in the USA from 1995 to 2009, 90% of pregnant clients reduced their diastasis as their bellies got bigger.

Having a smaller diastasis during pregnancy from doing the Tupler Technique® programme resulted in:

No back pain or disappearance of back pain
Faster and more effective pushing in labor
Faster recovery of abdominal muscles
Faster recovery from a c-section

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Why have I still got an “outie” belly button?

An “outie” belly button is usually a sign of an umbilical hernia, which is a common side effect of diastasis recti.  A diastasis recti is a separation of the outermost abdominal muscles.   As the muscles separate the connective tissue joining the muscles (this is know as the linea alba) stretches sideways and becomes thin like a piece of cling film.  This means your organs and back are now being supported by this weakened connective tissue instead of your muscles if they were together.

Continuous forward forceful pressure, such as the growing uterus in pregnancy, a beer belly or using your abdominals incorrectly either through exercise or throughout your day to day activities puts increasing pressure on this connective tissue.  As your belly button now has no support an umbilical hernia often occurs.

The 4 step Tupler Technique® helps to heal this weakened connective tissue.  As the tissue gets stronger and your bellybutton has more support your umbilical hernia also begins to heal, and you will see your “outie” return to an “innie”.

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Diastasis? Come to our next free belly check event.

We are holding our next free belly check event on Tuesday evening 31st July at the Brackenbury Clinic in Hammersmith.

If you can’t get rid of your mummy tummy you may have a diastasis recti.  Come along and Rachel will test your tummy and answer any questions you may have.

Find out more about the Tupler Technique® programme and how it can help you heal your weakened connective tissue which will in turn close your abdominal separation and help you to achieve a flatter tummy.

Most clients will start to see results within 3 weeks of starting the programme.

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Is it too late to close my diastasis?

We often get clients asking us if it is too late to close their diastasis recti.   This is a particularly common question from mum’s who have had their children some time ago, but have only just got the time to start doing something about it.

It is NEVER too late to start treating a diastasis recti.  It is all about healing the connective tissue.  The length of time it will take to close the gap depends on the severity of the diastasis and the condition of the connective tissue.  During pregnancy this tissue gets stretched sideways like a piece of cling film.  In order to close the diastasis this tissue needs to be strengthened.

Wearing the diastasis rehab splint™ approximates or brings together the separated muscles.  This puts the connective tissue in a better “position” to heal and puts the muscles in a better “position” to do the exercises more effectively.  The exercises will bring blood flow to the connective tissue helping it heal and will also strengthen the transverse muscles.  The other 2 steps – “getting up and down correctly” and “using your abdominals correctly with activities of daily living” ensure the healing connective tissue is protected by preventing any forceful forward movement against it.

This is why it is very important to commit to all 4 steps of the Tupler Technique® programme to close your diastasis.

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  • What other people are saying about the Tupler Technique®

    "By continuing to do the Tupler Technique® exercises every day, your Mummy Tummy goes away and that aching back will disappear as well".
    Elle Macpherson (actress/model/businesswoman)


    "Julie Tupler is an expert on diastasis recti".
    Dr. Oz (Oprah & Friends)

    "The Tupler Technique® ...is great for maintaining the results of stomach surgery".
    Dr Sharon Giese Plastic Surgeon (in New Beauty Magazine vol 4 issue 4 Fall/Winter 2008)

    "I have just completed a 6 week workshop with Camilla. Although my "gap" hasn't closed completely yet, my stomach looks a huge amount better and stronger than it did at the start of the programme. I have had a diastasis recti for almost 3 years and have tried everything, including specialist physiotherapists, but this programme has produced by far the best results. I have been really impressed."
    Rebecca Holburn Wimbledon

    "I wasn't convinced I would ever be able to have my tummy back to normal after my pregnancies without an operation until I came across Tummy Tribe and tried the
    Tupler Technique®. The splint is so easy to wear and even with 3 small children I managed to fit in the exercises. Seeing improvements in under 2 weeks also spurred me on. I would recommend the Tupler Technique® to anyone."

    Rachel Durden-Smith Wandsworth

    "I found the one to one session extremely useful and informative"
    Sigrid Aruliah Surrey

  • Make Sure You Get The Real Deal

    Only licensees on Julie Tupler’s team have gone through an intensive training programme and have been taught and tested personally by Julie Tupler, RN, founder of the Tupler Technique®. After our training, Julie continues to support us providing updated continuing education on all aspects of the Tupler Technique®.