What is the Tupler Technique?
The Tupler Technique® is the only research-based exercise program proven to effectively treat a diastasis recti.
The goal of the Tupler Technique® is to heal the weakened connective tissue that joins your outermost abdominal muscles. As the connective tissue becomes stronger and shallower the muscles gradually come together.
The Tupler Technique® is a 4 step program which consists of seated and back lying exercises, splinting the separated muscles, strengthening and learning how to use the transverse muscle, and proper posture with getting up and down correctly.
Healing connective tissue is all about both “positioning” and “protecting” the weakened tissue. Wearing a Diastasis Rehab Splint® all the time puts the connective tissue in a better “position” to heal as it takes the “stretch” off the “over-stretched” connective tissue, making it narrower. Wearing a splint can be compared to wearing a cast for a broken bone. You want to keep the two bones (like connective tissue) in the same position continuously so they will heal. “Protecting” the connective tissue is about not doing activities that stretch the connective tissue either in a forwards or sideways direction. That is why it is important to strengthen the transverse muscle so it is strong enough to be engaged during bodily functions (i.e. sneezing, coughing, blowing nose, going to the bathroom) and while performing activities of daily living (i.e bending, picking up children or heavy objects).
It is never too late to close a diastasis on anyone at any time. Closing a diastasis, however, is not an overnight process, but, if you follow the Tupler Technique® program as designed, you will see the healing process beginning within three weeks! How long it takes to close a diastasis depends on the severity of your diastasis and your commitment to all 4 steps of the program every day. We will take before and after photos of your belly from the front and the side. They will motivate you to stick with the program.