As long as I can remember, I have had a diastisis recti as an adult. At the time of my wedding in 1974 I had lost weight due to nerves and looked cadaverous, but I still had a protruding belly. After bearing three children and carrying my pregnancies all out front (I’m short-waisted), I very definitely had a mummy tummy and nothing I did, no exercises, no amount of weight loss seemed to make a difference including 5 months of pelvic physical therapy with a hand-held splint in which my separation closed one fingers’ width but would budge no further. In April my chiropractic neurologist suggested that I try the Tupler Technique®. His wife had just begun the program herself after the birth of their 2nd child. At 62 ½, I was skeptical about achieving the promised results. The DVD cover says “For moms of any age – no matter when you had a baby,” but my last baby was born 29 ½ years ago. I really didn’t believe it in my heart, but speculated that even if I didn’t lose my mummy tummy, the exercises alone would be good for my health. I decided to commit to the program 100%. Fortunately I live within an hour’s drive of two different licensees of the Tupler Technique®. I chose Cheryl strictly due to the fact that she was closer to my age and might be a bit more understanding and I also was drawn to her from her personal information on the website. I’m so very thankful I did that because Cheryl helped correct my technique errors, was able to accurately assess the width and depth of my separation (it was hard to do on my own), provided additional exercise information and was encouraging throughout the program. On my second visit to Cheryl 4+ weeks into the program, as she was assessing my progress she exclaimed, “You have definition!” Still makes me smile when I recall that and it was exactly what I needed to give me the impetus to keep at it.
By 11 weeks, my diastases had completely closed! My waist is 3” smaller than when I began (I have simultaneously lost 6 pounds due to being on a low carb diet by doctor’s orders, but that small amount wouldn’t create these results.) I now wear I size I have NEVER worn in my entire life although I weigh approximately what I always weighed during the 25+ years I reared my children. I would encourage anyone, and I mean ANYONE of ANY age to commit to this program for your own well-being and strength. 11 years ago I was paralyzed and fought my way back to being able to walk by faithfully following my doctors’ and physical therapists’ instructions. This is no different. And the core strength that I’ve gained from following the Tupler exercises has helped me with some residual problems that I still experience from that auto-immune disorder. It is worth the time commitment big-time! I’d also strongly suggest that anyone new to the program set up some sessions with a professional who is licensed in the Tupler program. My exercise time would not have been nearly as fruitful since my technique was not correct. I am still startled every time I look down and don’t see what I’ve lived with my entire adult life. Thanks, Julie! Thanks, Cheryl!