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”.