If you've been diligently following the Tupler Technique® to heal your diastasis recti, you might have encountered a common concern: your belly bulging out of the bottom of the splint. This issue can be puzzling and even frustrating, but rest assured, there are explanations for it, and there are steps you can take to address it effectively.
- Incorrect Splint Sizing: One of the most prevalent reasons for your belly protruding from the splint is an incorrect size. Ensure that you've chosen the right size based on your measurements. A well-fitted splint should comfortably encase your abdominal area, offering gentle compression without causing discomfort.
- Incorrect Splint Placement: Proper placement of the splint is crucial for its effectiveness. Make sure you're positioning it correctly, starting just below the ribcage and extending down to the hip bone. If the splint is too low or too high, it may not provide the necessary support.
- Diastasis Severity: The severity of your diastasis recti can impact how the splint fits. In cases of significant separation, the abdominal muscles may push against the splint, causing it to shift or bulge. In such instances, wearing two splints simultaneously can be beneficial.
- Muscle Engagement: Your muscle engagement plays a role. If you're not engaging your transverse abdominis correctly while wearing the splint, your abdominal muscles may not receive the support they need. Julie Tupler's technique emphasizes proper muscle engagement alongside splint use.
- Tissue Softness: The condition of your connective tissue matters. If your connective tissue is particularly soft, it may not provide the firm support required to hold your muscles together effectively. This is more common in postpartum individuals.
- Swelling and Bloating: Temporary factors like bloating and swelling can affect how the splint fits. Your body's natural fluctuations can occasionally cause the splint to feel tighter or less effective. Be patient and continue with your routine.
- Consider Wearing Two Splints: If your diastasis is severe or you're struggling to achieve the desired coverage with a single splint, consider wearing two splints simultaneously. This approach can help distribute the pressure more evenly and ensure better support for your abdominal muscles.
For a visual explanation of these factors and additional insights, we recommend watching the video below. It provides valuable guidance on understanding and addressing the issue of your belly protruding from the splint.
Watch this video below about wearing two splints to achieve better coverage.
Remember that every body is unique, and what works best for one person may differ for another. If you're unsure about your splint's fit or your diastasis recti healing progress, don't hesitate to consult with a Tupler Technique® professional for personalized guidance.
In conclusion, if you find your belly bulging out of the splint, it's not uncommon, and there are solutions available. Correct sizing, proper placement, muscle engagement, and considering two splints are essential factors to address. Stay committed to your diastasis recti healing journey, and with time and patience, you'll achieve the results you desire.
To learn more about Diastasis Recti & the Tupler Technique® read this article: DIASTASIS RECTI RESEARCH AND EVIDENCED BASED EXERCISE PROGRAM
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