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Addressing Patient Rights and Expectations in the Wake of Nassar

It takes a lot of courage to come forward when injustice and abuse has taken place. For many who have experienced trauma, recent news about the Nassar case has not been an easy topic to read or follow. I appreciate this season of women rising to bring awareness to sexual abuse and violations of trust…
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Healing Diastasis Recti Is About More Than a 10-Minute Exercise

    There was recently an article published by NPR about a “simple” exercise that could help moms flatten their postpartum tummy which received a ton of publicity.  The Tummy Team was bombarded with questions about this article.  For the most part, we remained silent. Our goal has always been to encourage and educate people…
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Is Surgery Really the Answer for Your Hernia?

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Hernia or Diastasis Recti? Could it be a misdiagnosis? There is a lot of confusing and contradictory information out there. It can be very frustrating when you are told that your flabby tummy is a hernia that must be surgically repaired in order to have any hope of getting your belly back. Hernias do happen, and umbilical…
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Learn How to Improve Optimal Fetal Alignment

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The Tummy Team specializes in functional core strength – training your internal corset muscle (the transverse abdominis) to be able to hold your body upright, while aligned and stable for real-life functional activities like sitting, standing, lifting and, in this case, supporting the uterus in pregnancy and labor and delivery. As Physical Therapists, we have…
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How to Set Up Your Nursing Throne

Congratulations on your baby! This is going to be a time of wonder, a time of joy…and a time spent mostly sitting down. That’s right. Mothers of newborns can spend up to 11-14 hours a day in the nursing position! During our core rehab programs at The Tummy Team, we will focus on all the aspects of your life. What…
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How to Train for the Pushing Phase of Labor

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The Tummy Team works closely with pregnant women to help physically and emotionally prepare the body for labor, delivery and birth recovery. You’ll often hear us tell clients, “Giving birth is like a marathon, with a dead sprint at the end.” (Tweet This!) Labor is the marathon. The sprint at the end is the pushing phase. It is…
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Here’s What You Need to Know About Hormones and Diastasis

hormones diastasis recti

Diastasis recti is the separation of the abdominal wall due to overstretching and damage to the connective tissue that runs directly down the center of your abdominal wall (the linea alba).  There are many contributing factors involved in how this damage occurs, and how it can be prevented and repaired. We address this in detail…
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4 Misconceptions about Abdominal Splinting

Historically many cultures around the world have used belly binding or abdominal splinting as a common postpartum practice. There are considerable benefits to abdominal splinting (even beyond postpartum needs), yet many tend to discourage the practice based on misconceptions. So what is it, exactly? An abdominal splint is a medical-grade, non-constricting support that reinforces the…
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