This package is for any woman or man who is having abdominal surgery. Preparing for abdominal surgery is crucial for a successful outcome. A successful outcome means maintaining the integrity of your sutures. When the stitches come undone that is called an incisional hernia and requires another surgery. Your stitches are more likely to come undone after abdominal surgery because you use your abdominal muscles with every move you make and every breath you take! So if your abdominal muscles are continuously putting force on the stitched connective tissue, they will come undone. That is why it is so important to strengthen your abdominal muscles before surgery as well as develop an awareness of how to use them with activities of daily living so that after surgery you know how to use your abdominal muscles in the recovery process to keep your stitches intact. Most people have a diastasis and just don't know it! So making a diastasis smaller before abdominal surgery will also strengthen the linea alba. The linea alba is the connective tissue joining the two outermost abdominal muscles and usually where they cut to access your abdominal cavity. Strong connective tissue is easier to sew and maintains the stitches better.
Preparing six weeks before abdominal surgery with the Tupler Technique will give you the best outcome. However, preparing even as little as one week before abdominal surgery will be helpful to start doing the program right away after your surgery. Remember, doing something is ALWAYS better than doing nothing.
Many people buy the package and are not as successful as they could be if they had ongoing support. That is why this program was created. You can repeat weeks and start over as many times as you like. Since this is a program you need to do the rest of your life, I want it to be available for you as long as you need it. There are live monthly webinars with Julie to answer all your questions about preparing for abdominal surgery. These will be recorded and posted on the program site. Each week there will be a video ( or two) to watch, Tupler Tips and a blog where you can communicate with others doing the program. This is the place to share your experience and ask for support. Reaching out and getting a belly buddy to work with makes the program more fun and more effective as you always work harder when you are accountable to someone else! After you purchase this package you will get an automatic email with instructions on how to join the program. If you do not get an email, check your spam first. If it's not in your spam, then let us know and we will send you the instructions. If it is in your spam, please make us a safe sender.
Before purchasing a splint it is important to measure yourself so you get the right size and model splint as splints are NOT RETURNABLE. CLICK HERE to learn how to measure yourself. Measuring yourself is also important as you may need to get two splints for more coverage. We have two model splints. A regular torso and short torso splint. The regular torso splint is 8 inches tall and has 3 arms. The short torso splint is 6 inches tall and has 2 arms.
Putting on a Diastasis Rehab Splint® correctly is important to make sure it will be both comfortable and effective in making your diastasis smaller. CLICK HERE to learn how to put on your splint correctly whether you are wearing one regular or short torso splint or whether you are wearing two 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. To purchase a second splint either for more coverage, to keep it in place better or so you can wash the splint you are wearing CLICK HERE Use this code to receive a $5 discount: WEARONEWASHONE
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
Splint Care: Hand Wash & Air Dry Only
The purpose of the splint is to “re-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 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 your innermost transverse abdominal muscle. Once you strengthen your transverse muscle with the Tupler 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. 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 connective tissue is strong enough to hold the muscles together.
Please wear the splint ALL the time. Even when you sleep. Take it off to bathe for 15 minutes. Make sure you clean and dry your belly button before putting your splint back on. 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.
Your splint will stay in place better if you wear it over a fitted undergarment and keep your back flat when getting up and down from a seated to standing position or when bending over. 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. Attaching and detaching the splint too many times can decrease the effectiveness of the splint. 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. Turn to the side when you are attaching the arms of your splint so you can see where you are attaching them. They need to be attached on the pad. If it is not on the pad it will scratch your skin. If you attach the arms too low it will affect the arm underneath it. The arms need to attach on the side of your splint. If they are attaching in the back, they are too long and you need to shorten them. You can do this by taking off the hook velcro at the end of the elastic arm, cutting the elastic and then sewing the hook velcro back on.
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR WEARING A SPLINT
If you have had a C-section please wait until your scar has healed before wearing this splint. It is also important to start scar mobilization after it has healed so closing your diastasis is more effective. A scar causes a stuckness in the connective tissue. The purpose of scar mobilization is to unstick the stuck connective tissue so you can then re-position it better with the splint.
If you have a medical condition and are under doctor’s care please speak to your doctor about wearing a splint and doing our program. Many physicians do not know about our research and evidence based program. So if you email us, Julie is 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 also a common symptom in your first trimester. The exercises, however, can be started in the first trimester while holding a splint (scarf).
Holding a splint may also be necessary with other medical conditions 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 splint. Also, wearing a splint with a hiatal hernia may create problems.
If you have any type of pelvic floor prolapses you can wear a splint as long as you do not feel any pressure in your pelvic floor. If you do feel pressure, then just "hold" the splint when doing the seated or back lying exercises. If you are wearing the splint, make sure engage both your transverse and pelvic floor muscles when you are putting it on. Also, when doing the exercises:
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.
There is so much new information on the video that you need this Tupler Technique® Guidebook to give you the program in a simple organized manner. It is the "cliff notes" of theTupler Technique®. It gives you a summary of the 4 steps and a daily exercise chart progressing over 18 weeks. We now have this guidebook in English, Spanish and Portuguese. It is a small book so it is easy to carry with you anywhere you go!
Remember, the program "progresses" over 18 weeks. If you have a severe diastasis before your surgery, the best you can do is make it smaller before your surgery and then work to close it after your surgery.
The Ab Rehab package is included with this package. You can get an actual DVD OR you can get the streaming version which you can use for one year. The video teaches you the 4 steps of the Tupler Technique® and how to develop abdominal strength and awareness with activities of daily living before abdominal surgery so you know how to use your abdominal muscles in your recovery to keep your stitches intact.
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