Where do I measure to get the correct size for the Diastasis Rehab™ splint?
With your abdominal muscles relaxed, you measure the circumference of your tummy with the tape measure over the tummy button. Do this in the evening when your tummy is the largest. If you are closer to the smaller size go with that size but check splinting guidelines for more information.
Can I wear the splint during pregnancy?
Yes, if you have a large diastasis (4 fingers or larger) it is recommended. If you are experiencing nausea in your first trimester, you might want to wait until the second and third trimester before wearing the splint.
Can I wear the splint during labour?
If you have a large diastasis it is recommended. Splinting the muscles and keeping them close together while pushing keeps the cervix of the uterus in the proper alignment with the vagina.
Can I wear the splint when I sleep?
Yes, sleeping is actually the best time to wear the splint. Your body does not move much while you sleep so it is the perfect time to heal the connective tissue. The more you wear it the faster the connective tissue will heal.
How often should I wear the splint?
Your abdominals are working with everything you do so it is important to engage the transverse muscle during all your activities of daily living and when you’re exercising. Wearing the splint brings the muscles closer together, so the starting position of the muscles are closer together when the transverse muscle is engaged. Wearing a splint also puts the weakened connective tissue in a better position for healing. So the more you wear the splint, the faster you will close your diastasis.
Can I close my diastasis by just wearing the splint?
No. Wearing a splint is just one of the four steps of the Tupler Technique® program. You must do ALL four steps to close your diastasis. The purpose of the splint is to approximate (pull together) the separated muscles. Doing the exercises brings blood flow to the connective tissue helping it to heal. Also when then muscles are closer together it will make the exercises more effective.
How soon after delivery can I wear the splint?
You can wear a splint within 24 hours of giving birth unless you’ve had a c-section, when it’s recommended you wait until the scar is healed (around six weeks) as wearing a splint will pull on the scar.
What happens if the splint becomes too big?
There are three reasons why the splint may become too big:
• When putting on the splint you are pulling on the fabric to bring each half of the muscle together. This continuous pulling on the fabric will stretch the fabric and make it longer.
• As your diastasis closes, your waist will become smaller and the splint will become too big for you.
• Women will need to wear a large splint if they use it correctly after giving birth. It takes six weeks for the uterus to go back to its normal size after delivery. So after six weeks the splint will become too big for you.
So if you’re between two sizes, go with the smaller size as the splint will get stretched out and you will become smaller. If the smaller size does not fit initially you can always add a piece of loop Velcro the back piece of Velcro making it longer.
What is the difference between the Tupler splint and a girdle, other abdominal binder or body shaping garment?
The purpose of the splint is approximation (pulling together) the two separated muscles. The purpose of a girdle, abdominal binder or body shaping garment is compression (pulling back) of the abdominal muscles.
Can I wear the girdle, abdominal binder or body shaping garments with the Diastasis Rehab Splint™?
Yes. It is important to wear something under the Diastasis Rehab Splint™ to hold it in place more effectively. We recommend a camisole or fitted tee shirt.
The splint is rolling up. Am I doing something wrong?
No. This is a difficult area to wear something due to the movements in this area. With a larger tummy it will roll up more easily. However, when it rolls up, it is a great opportunity to take it off and put it on again and really pull those rectus abdominis muscles together. The more you pull them together the better the healing process. So even if it does not roll up on you, you should take it off and put in on again as it does loosen up when wearing it for a while.
When I put on the splint, should I wear it where my diastasis is the largest?
No. It is only worn at the waist. You have bones on the top of your waist with your ribcage, and bones on the bottom with your pelvis. It is only in the middle where there are no bones that the splint should be worn so you can really pull the muscles together. After you strengthen your transverse in week four we recommend wearing the splint and also holding another splint (scarf) over the top when doing the seated exercises (double splinting). When holding the splint you can hold it at the top (under ribs) for a set, in the middle for a set and then the bottom (around pelvis) for a set.
Will it work if I wear it a bit looser?
It will work but not as well. The closer together the muscles are pulled the better it will work.
Do I have to wear a splint for the diastasis to heal?
Yes. You must wear a splint to heal the connective tissue. If you do not want to buy the Diastasis Rehab Splint™ splint, please make your own!
What is double splinting?
The purpose of splinting is to approximate (pull together) the muscles. There are two ways to splint. Wearing a splint and holding another splint (scarf) at the same time while doing the seated and back lying exercises. Double splinting is started in week 4 of the program after the transverse muscle is strengthened.
If I use a splint can I do regular type of abdominal exercises (crunches) to work the outermost abdominals?
No. Absolutely not. The purpose of the splint is just to pull the muscles together, not to engage the transverse. If you do regular abdominal exercises (i.e. crunches) where it is impossible to hold the transverse in you will make the diastasis larger.
How do I put on the splint?