Belly binding refers to using a splint or binder to reduce the appearance of your waist or to help pull a gap (or abdominal separation) together. Does it work?
Belly binding or using a splint (even one specifically designed to be worn for exercise and to reduce a diastasis) may ‘hold you in and together’ and 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 and exercise along with healing nutrition – by reconnecting and restoring your core muscles, and by improving the integrity of the connective collagen at the front of your tummy to reduce the size of your waist, and to increase stability and strength.
A whole-body approach
To reduce a diastasis gap you need to learn to engage and work your entire core: transverse, pelvic floor and 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 and even emotional (brain talking to muscle) connection to repair and restore the core. If you are sucking in your stomach, this is not ‘activating your core muscles’, but rather simply displacing mass upwards and downwards – squeezing it away in either direction from the tightly bound center. 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 and 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 – and achieving little in terms of real transverse abdomens engagement.
There is more to core repair than splinting, sucking in and closing the gap… restoring our core after childbirth is an integrated process that requires an integrated ‘whole body’ approach.
For your own confidence and comfort as you recover and 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 and re-connect. MUTU System shows you how.