Frequently Asked Questions
01 What is the purpose of the Diastasis Rehab Splint?
Manually brings the two halves of the muscles together. Puts the connective tissue in a better position to heal. Makes the Tupler Technique® exercises more effective.
02 What are problem you may have when wearing a 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 seems to help! To get the full benefit of the splint, it is important to take it off and put it back on at least 3 or 4 times a day. The more you pull the muscles together, the faster the connective tissue will heal. Know that you will have to adjust the splint. If you are short waisted or have large hips it will be more difficult to keep it in place.
When you bring the two halves of the muscles together your belly may bulge out on the bottom.
This is normal. In week 4 of the program you will be double splinting (wearing a splint and also holding a splint) You can then work on pulling together the muscles in this area.
03 How to care for the splint?
04 What are the wearing Instructions?
Wear all the time except while bathing
Can be worn over a fitted undergarment or directly on skin
To hold in place better always move with a flat back
05 How long does it take to close a diastasis?
How long it takes depends on the severity of your diastasis and your commitment to all 4 steps of the program. It can take anywhere from 6 weeks to a year or more. However, you will start seeing the healing process starting within the first 3 weeks.
06 Is it ever too late to close a diastasis recti?
No. It is never too late to close a diastasis. There is a myth that you can only close your diastasis right after you have had your baby. This is not true. Pregnancy is just one of the causes of a diastasis. Men and children have this condition also.
07 Can you close a diastasis at any time?
Yes. Anyone can close a diastasis at any time. It is all about healing the connective tissue. Pregnancy is just one of the causes of a diastasis so it does not matter how long ago you had your baby. During pregnancy you can make it smaller but probably not close it.
08 How do I know my diastasis is closed?
Closing a diastasis is all about healing the connective tissue. Shallow connective tissue is the most important indicator that you have closed your diastasis. You know your connective tissue is shallow when you put your fingers in to check your diastasis and they do not go down that deep. As the connective tissue becomes shallower the muscles come together. A one finger diastasis with shallow connective tissue is what you are striving for.
09 Does a diastasis cause back pain?
Yes. The function of the outermost abdominal muscles (recti muscles) is to support your back and organs. When the muscles separate the connective tissue stretches sideways and now becomes the support system for the back. Back pain occurs because connective tissue is not a good support system for the back.
10 Can a diastasis come apart once it is closed?
Yes. There is a weak spot in the middle of the connective tissue that joins the outermost abdominal muscles. This weak spot is your belly button. Continuous intra-abdominal force and pressure on this weak spot will separate your muscles.