What does belly binding do?The function of most “abdominal binders” is to simply make the belly smaller with compression. That is, slowly bringing the belly back to the spine.
Originally, this is the role of your innermost abdominal muscle - the transverse abdominal muscle. However, most people have never strengthened this muscle. So it is difficult for the transverse muscle to perform this action of compression as a result!
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It is important to note that it might be unwelcome to wear a belly binder as a substitute for an actual function of your transverse muscle. This might result in making your abdominal muscles continue to remain in a weakened state since your underdeveloped muscles will simply depend on the belly binder afterwards.
What is Diastasis Rehab Splint®?One of the four steps of Tupler Technique® program is wearing the Diastasis Rehab Splint®. The purpose of this splint is to approximate (bring closer together) the separated muscles. By doing this:
- it puts the connective tissue in a better “position” to heal (takes the stretch off it)
- it puts the separated muscles in a better “position” (closer together) to do the exercises more effectively.
So the purpose of this splint is NOT a compression, but an approximation.
How to correctly use Diastasis Rehab Splint®?While wearing Diastasis Rehab Splint® you are required to do the Tupler Technique® exercises to strengthen the transverse abdominal muscle. Tupler Technique® exercises are designed to:
- Bring blood flow to the connective tissue which will help it heal
- Strengthen the transverse muscle so it will be strong enough to do its job of compression.
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So having the transverse muscle be able to be strong enough to perform its job is crucial because to heal the weak connective tissue you have to prevent intra-abdominal force on it. Wearing the Diastasis Rehab Splint® is NOT enough to close your diastasis. You must do all 4 steps of the program.
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