Diastasis Recti, Splinting + Binding

belly binding | MuTu SystemBelly binding refers to using a splint or binder to reduce the appearance of your waist or to help pull a diastasis recti gap (or abdominal separation) together.  Does it work?

Belly binding or using a splint (even one specifically designed to be worn for exercise + to reduce a diastasis) may ‘hold you in + together’ + support your lower back whilst you’re wearing it, BUT what it can never do, is actually strengthen or tighten the muscles just by being worn.

Diastasis recti or abdominal separation can be improved with alignment + exercise along with healing nutrition – by reconnecting + restoring your core muscles, + by improving the integrity of the connective collagen at the front of your tummy to reduce the size of your waist, + to increase stability + strength.

To reduce a diastasis gap you need to learn to engage + work your entire core: transverse, pelvic floor + oblique abdominal muscles in an optimal, functional way. Your whole body alignment must be addressed as a foundation in order to reduce intra abdominal pressure . This is not just about the gap…

There needs to be a physiological + even emotional (brain talking to muscle) connection to repair + restore  the core. If you are sucking in your stomach, this is not ‘activating your core muscles’, but rather simply displacing mass upwards + downwards – squeezing it away in either direction from the tightly bound centre. Imagine a tube of toothpaste squeezed in the middle – what was inside has to go somewhere. In the case of your midsection, it goes upwards placing pressure on the diaphragm + downwards onto the pelvic floor. This creates further excessive intra abdominal pressure, worsening a weakened pelvic floor – even putting you at risk of pelvic organ prolapse –  + achieving little in terms of real transverse abdominis engagement :(

There is more to core repair than splinting, sucking in + closing the gap… restoring our core after childbirth is an integrated process that requires an integrated ‘whole body’ approach.
For your own confidence + comfort as you recover + work on restoring your core muscles after childbirth, by all means wear some ‘magic pants’ to hold it all in.
But if you want it to stay in… you need to re-align + re-connect. MuTu System shows you how.

For more on Diastasis Recti as a pressure-related issue, click here.

For more on alignment, click here

For more on the differences between MuTu System + methods that use splinting, click here.

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  • Amy

    I have been using a splint and doing a program to close my diastisis…I really work hard on the exercises and I am seeing improvement.  I really hate wearing the splint all the time…which is what the program encourages. I would love to be able to continue without the splint! (it feels good sometimes when I need the support for my lower back)  I am thinking about using the MuTu system because of this…and also because I need direction with how to work out and not make the diastisis worse!

    • http://mutusystem.com Wendy Powell

      Sorry for the delay in responding to you Amy, I missed
      this… :( I hear this a lot – people hate wearing it all the time as it’s so uncomfortable. I’m not saying that this programme (I’m guessing you’re referring to Tupler) is *wrong* – it comes from great expertise & experience. But I deal daily with women who have this problem & many struggle to make that particular program work for them. Sometimes this is down to the sheer commitment of time & reps of exercises required & sometimes it’s because they’re just wearing the splint without really understanding & working the muscles correctly. Often it’s both.
      The MuTu System is based on exactly the same principles (the
      physiology we’re dealing with is the same after all!) but focuses more on getting you to understand & work your muscles, not wrapping them up & letting a splint do the job. The approach is different, it focuses on functional exercise COMBINED with core restoration (because moms still have to lift & move) &  you don’t have to 100’s of reps.
      We do recommend using something to wrap & assist your muscles
      coming together whilst doing some of the exercises IF your gap is severe (this is all explained in the System).
      It’s important I feel, not to see these as competing techniques
      or theories, but simply different focus & ways of dealing with the issue – it depends which way resonates with you personally.
      Hope that helps!

  • Christine

    I used a ‘belly band’ straight after having my second child via c-section.
    I found it extremely helpful for both pain relief and support, especially when trying to sleep as when I lay on my side it really felt like my ‘guts’ were hanging down lol. However I also did exercises and was very careful not to lift anything to heavy. I started with a six finger with diastasis and am now down to one finger width and my son is fifteen months old. I’m still working at it hoping it will one day feel normal :)

  • smita

    I’ve been using tummy support belt since 8 months after c section but there is no improvment ! My GP referred me to physio and awaiting for the app date. I’m just worried abt my next pregnancy which will most likely be next year. How much time it takes to get my tummy in the right shape n size? Is it ok to conceive once my tummy muscles are toned?