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How It Works
We have a thriving community of online clients from all over the world in our private member’s forum. You can use this to ask our therapists questions, get encouragement, or receive additional instruction. You are not on your own during this journey! And we don’t revoke access to the forum when your program ends – you can continue to ask questions as you continue your core strong journey.
We also offer eSessions (virtual appointments) if you need more 1-on-1 instruction.
We recognize that it can be hard to understand exactly how this online rehab thing works. Rest assured, our programs are based on research and functional anatomy. Each of our online programs is a direct reflection of what we do with clients in our clinic in Camas, WA. Because we spend so much time on education in how the body was designed to function, it is easy to translate this into a guided online program. Each week you have educational videos, instructional videos, exercise cards, charts, assessments, and a rehab plan. You’ll watch the videos, print your handouts, and then apply what you’ve learned throughout the week. We have even more information on how online rehab works here.
We also have extensive information on what to expect for each specific program. Find the program you are looking for in our store and then click “View Sample Videos and More” to learn about what that program offers.
The Tummy Team programs were developed by physical therapist Kelly Dean, who personally healed her core with this approach. It is based on the neuromuscular retraining of the core. The biggest difference we hear from clients is that this program is simple to apply because the “exercises” are made for real life. Rather than a regimented set of exercises and protocols, our programs support the optimal function of the whole body and were designed for use in real life scenarios like picking up kids, sitting at a desk, mowing the lawn, etc. Learn more about our approach here.
Splinting is a valuable part of the rehab process, but it is not the whole program. It is possible to rehabilitate your core without a splint; however, we have seen many benefits of splinting alongside our rehab program. It can speed up the healing of diastasis recti, it provides sensory feedback to help you understand what your core muscles should feel like, it increases blood flow to the damaged tissue, and ultimately reinforces what we teach in our core rehabilitation program. See more FAQs about splinting here.
Our programs are rehab based, not fitness based. We spend a lot of time educating you on how your body is designed to function and how to address pain and dysfunction. Because all of our rehab “exercises” are functional, they are designed to seamlessly integrate into your daily habits. By the end of our program, these routines will be second nature to you. There is no real need to re-watch the program once you’ve intentionally made these changes in your lifestyle.
There are two extra weeks of access built into each program, but we also offer a 4-Week Extension for $39.
This is physical therapy and as such, clients need to be progressed at a certain pace to see results. The effectiveness of the program is due in part to the accountability and structure of the programs. Each piece builds on the previous training, allowing the body the ideal amount of time to build strength before taking on more.
If you know you will be traveling or something will prevent you from keeping up with your program, please contact us to discuss the option of manually pausing your program access. We don’t recommend starting and stopping rehab if you can help it because it can hinder your progress, but we understand life happens.
Remember: there are two extra weeks of access built into each program, but we also offer a 4-Week Extension for $39.
Diastasis Recti Questions
Diastasis healing times vary by person and depend on two things: the depth and width of the diastasis, and how effectively you implement your Tummy Team program tools. Most Tummy Team clients with a 3-4 finger gap or less can close their diastasis and initiate the functional core strength rebuilding in about 3 months of intentional functional core rehab.
There are other factors that can influence healing such as sleep, nutrition, chronic parenting postures, and hormones.
No, it is never too late to restore your core! Diastasis recti, functional core weakness, pelvic floor symptoms, and other related issues can be repaired no matter how long it has been since it began. We have helped thousands of men and women reverse these things and we can help you too. See our offering of online programs.
Pregnancy Related Questions
We recommend you start Prenatal Core Training during your second trimester after nausea has passed and you have a bit more energy. You’ll want at least six weeks before your due date to train your abdominals and pelvic floor for labor, delivery, and recovery. The more time you have, the stronger you will be.
However, if you just found us and don’t have six weeks, our Prenatal Crash Course would be more beneficial than nothing.
If you did Prenatal Core Training with us during your pregnancy, it is safe to slowly start back as soon as 24 hours after delivery. This healing process will help you connect with and care for yourself and your baby. If you did not do core training with us during pregnancy, we recommend waiting 6 weeks before starting Core Foundations for postpartum rehabilitation.
It is recommended to at least make your diastasis smaller and improve core connection before getting pregnant again. However, if you do get pregnant and have not yet done core rehabilitation, it is best to start as soon as you can to keep the diastasis from getting larger. Our Core Foundations program is completely safe to do while pregnant.
We have a course just for you! Our Core Preparations for Cesarean Birth course is designed to strengthen your abdominals during pregnancy to reduce recovery time. It will also give you the muscle memory to more easily do the exercises after the birth.
Questions about Other Symptoms
I don’t have diastasis recti, but I know my abdominals and back are weak. Is a Tummy Team program right for me?
Yes! Whether you have diastasis recti or a poorly functioning core, our program can help you. Our comprehensive programs address pelvic floor dysfunction, chronic back pain, hernias, digestive issues, and so much more.
Explore the What We Do section of the website to learn how we can help with other symptoms.
At this time, medical insurance companies do not cover online services. However, many FSA/HSA accounts will reimburse the cost of your program. Please verify that your plan will allow reimbursement. You can contact us for supporting documentation to provide to your insurance provider by emailing email@example.com.
Refunds are not given for online programs. We stand behind the effectiveness of our programs, but as with all physical therapy, the effectiveness is in part determined by the client’s application and integration of the content provided in the programs.
Please see our full policy information here.
We set aside a number of partial grants for clients who are in financial and physical need. We offer these on a case by case basis and determine the cost of the program or splint based on the specific situation of each client. If you feel you might qualify for a partial grant, please reach out to our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.