One (1) Diastasis Rehab Splint® (short torso)
Purpose of Diastasis Rehab Short Torso Splint®
There are now two different model splints. The original and the new one for children and people with a short torso. The original model is 8 inches tall and has 3 arms. The short torso splint is 6 inches tall and has 2 arms.
For the original splint click here.
The purpose is to “position both the connective tissue and the separated muscles in a better position to make your diastasis recti smaller. The connective tissue needs to be in a narrow position to heal and the muscles need to be close together so they move in the right direction. Front to back instead of sideways. Our short torso splint will not weaken your abdominal muscles. The purpose of other abdominal binders is "compression" or bringing your abdominals back towards your spine. That is the job of you innermost transverse abdominal muscle. Once you strengthen your transverse muscle with theTupler Technique® exercises your transverse muscle can be your compression binder!
Wearing a Diastasis Rehab Splint® is just ONE of the 4 steps of the Tupler Technique® Program. You must do the other 3 steps taught in the Diastasis Rehab video to close your diastasis.
The guidebook iss the cliffnotes of the video and supports you in telling you exactly what to do on a daily basis.
If you are just wearing the splint and not doing the exercises you will not close your diastasis. You need to wear the splint until the connetive tissue is shallow.
Please wear the splint all the time. Even when you sleep. Take it off to bathe for 15 minutes. If you broke your leg you would have to wear the cast all the time to continuously keep the two separated ends of the bone together so they heal. It is the same with connective tissue. You must continuously keep it in the same narrow position so it heals. You will know it has healed when it is shallow and you can't feel the muscles grabbing your fingers when you check it.
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Wear the short torso splint all the time except while bathing. Can be worn over a fitted undergarment or directly on skin The way you move your body will affect how the short torso splint stays in place. When getting up and down from a seated to standing position or when bending over, always move with a flat back. Arching or rounding your back will make it move out of place.
Please stand in front of a mirror when putting on your splint so you put it on correctly. Please limit taking on and off the short torso splint to no more than 3-4 times a day. Continuously pulling the hook velcro off the loop velcro will prevent it from sticking. Velcro does wear out. That is the nature of velcro if you overuse it. The hook part of the velcro takes away the filaments on the loop part of the velcro. So adjust it instead of pulling the hook off the loop.
Contraindications For Wearing a Splint
If you have a medical condition and are under doctor’s care please speak to your doctor about wearing a short torso splint and doing our program. Many physicians do not know about our research and evidence based program. So if you email us, we are glad to speak with your doctor about our program to see if it is appropriate for you. There are many ways to “modify” our program for many medical conditions. This splint can be worn during pregnancy. We recommend starting to wear it in your second trimester when you are feeling better. Wearing a splint can cause nausea which is a common symptom in your first trimester. The exercises, however, can be started in the first trimester.
With some medical conditions it is better to hold a splint (scarf or arms of sweater) when doing the seated and back lying exercises instead of wearing our Diastasis Rehab Splint®. When you bring the two separated muscles together you will be putting the displaced abdominal organs back to their original position. This may cause pressure on the organs above (heart) and below (pelvic floor) them. So if you have any heart conditions it is best to not wear a short torso splint. If you have any type of prolapses you can wear the short torso splint if you do not feel any pressure in your pelvic floor. If you do feel pressure, then just "hold" short torso splint when doing the seated or back lying exercises. If you are wearing the short torso splint, make sure you are lying down when you put it on and that you do not put it on too tight. Also make sure when you do the exercises that you do the following:
1. Count out loud. Holding your breath puts pressure on both the pelvic floor and weak connective tissue joining the abdominal muscles.
2. Engage both the abdominal and the pelvic floor muscles at the same time when doing the seated and back lying exercises
3. Decrease the repetitions of the seated contracting exercise repetitions when doing the contracting exercises from 100 to 25 or less.
Problems Wearing a Diastasis Rehab Splint®
The area being splinted is a difficult area to splint because it is between two sets of bones. The ribcage on top and the pelvis on the bottom. So it will be difficult to keep it in place. Wearing it over a fitted undergarment or t-shirt seems and also velcroing the bottom arm of the short torso splint to your undergarment seems to help. It is also important to stand up and sit down or bend over with a flat back. Know that you will have to adjust your splint. If you are short-waisted or have large hips it will be more difficult to keep it in place. So you want to get a short torso splint. If you have a bigger belly, you may need to wear two short torso splints.
If you are putting your splint on correctly and your belly bulges out the bottom, it means you need more coverage and you should wear two splints. Make sure you take the measurement from the bottom of your sternum to your belly button to see if you need to wear two regular torso splints, regular torso and short torso on the bottom or two short torso splints.
If you still have questions relating to the splint, please read our FAQ Page.
Short Torso Splint Content Description
Outer Pad - 80% Nylon, 20% Spandex
Inner Pad - 50% Polyurethane, 50% Nylon
Elastic Arms - 60% Dacron 40% Rubber Thread
Velcro Hook - 100% Nylon
Short Torso Splint Care
- Hand wash and air dry.
- Look in a mirror when putting your short torso splint on so you attach it in the right place. Attaching and detaching it too many times will make the Velcro lose it effectiveness.
- Wear it over a fitted tank top so you can wash it less frequently.
It is recommended to wear the short torso splint over fitted undergarment or shapewear.
“The Diastasis Rehab Short Torso Splint® is the only abdominal binder designed to help close diastasis recti. By approximating (pulling together) the muscles this short torso splint helps heal the connective tissue and helps my clients feel their muscles working better when they are doing the exercises.” Luanne Sforza, Physical Therapist (NYC)
“I owe my abdominal and upper body strength immediately after having my daughter to Julie Tupler’s Mummy Tummy program. Thank you.”- Sherry Stringfield , actress, ER
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