Belly 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) will ‘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 often be reduced with exercise – by strengthening + restoring your core muscles to reduce the size of your waist + increase stability + strength in your lower back.
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 (brain talking to muscle!) connection to repair + restore the core. If you are ‘sucking in your stomach’, this is not activating your core, 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+ so it goes up + down, placing pressure on the diaphragm + down on the pelvic floor. This creates further excessive intra abdominal pressure, worsening a weakened pelvic floor + 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 Focus shows you how.
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