Belly Button Blues
Are you unhappy with the way your belly button looks? Do you now have outie belly button when it was always in? If you have a outie, you may have an umbilical hernia which is a side effect of having a diastasis recti.
Diastasis recti is a separation of your outermost abdominal muscles. The job of these muscles (called rectus abdominis), is to support your back and your organs. Separated muscles cannot do their job of supporting your back and organs. To achieve a strong core, your muscles must be close together. When the muscles separate, the connective tissue (linea alba) joining these muscles stretches sideways. This sideways stretching of the connective tissue causes it to become thinner and weaker and now no longer supports your belly button. That is why it is now an outie!
A diastasis can be closed on anyone at any time. It does not matter when you had your baby or even if you have had a baby at all. Closing a diastasis is all about healing the connective tissue. Everyone’s connective tissue will heal at a different rate. It depends on the “condition” of your connective tissue. The weaker your connective tissue the longer it will take.
When you heal the connective tissue the connective tissue becomes thicker and will again support your belly button. It is recommended to do this program before considering having surgery if you have an umbilical hernia with no pain. After doing the program you then may not need the surgery. If you decide on surgery, this program will prepare you for it. Developing transverse strength and awareness will help you learn how to use your abdominals after surgery to maintain the integrity of the sutures.
A tip to prevent you from getting an infection in your belly button. Remember to dry your belly button after you shower with a towel or blow dryer before putting the splint back on. Moisture in your closed up belly button is an infection just waiting to happen!