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Fit Yourself for a Splint

Step 1: Determine Height of Splint

You’ll need a flexible tape measure. (If you do not have one, find a long piece of string or cloth to use which you can later measure against a ruler or tape measure.)

Measure (in inches) your torso from the top of your hipbone (right above the spot you feel when you bend your hip) to the bottom of your *rib cage.

Record this number. It will determine which type of splint you need (2, 3, or 4-Panel).

*Women: stop about an inch under your bra
*Men: include your lower 2–3 ribs, not high enough to cover your sternum
*If you are pregnant, measure over the front of your belly to determine your size
*To determine your postpartum size, don’t measure over the front of your belly

Step 2: Determine Length of Splint

When you measure, do not suck in and do not push out. You want to measure the tummy you “live in.”

Measure (in inches) around your tummy at the widest area (this is usually the navel).

Record this number. It will be used to choose the length of your splint (XS, S, L, or XL).

*To determine your postpartum size, subtract 2-4 inches from length

Step 3: Find Your Size

Now that you have your recorded measurements, use the chart below to find the right size.

Step 4: Double Check

The Tummy Team offers many sizes of splints but there are more sizes and shapes of people.  Sometimes, your measurements alone to not fully determine the best splint for you.  We are here to help.  Consider the following details to confirm that you are ordering the best splint for you:

  1. An abdominal rehab is most effective when it covers as much of your transverse abdominis as possible without being too big and bulky. So when considering your height measurements, sometimes it is helpful to use your tape measure to on your body to show where the 2 panel, 3 panel and 4 panel would fit.  This often gives people a better picture of the splint they will need.
  2. If you measure between sizes in the height measurement, we always recommend people choose the 3 panel.  When in doubt, most of our clients do best in the 3 panel splint.
  3. 2 panel splints are best for clients with a short torso, if your measurement looks like you would need a 2 panel splint but you do not consider yourself to have a short torso then you may be better with a 3 panel splint.
  4. 4 panel splints are very tall. They are effective if you have a long torso but they can be uncomfortable with a lot of sitting.  Consider how you spend the majority of your day before committing to the 4 panel splint.  If you stand more than you sit and your measurements say 4 panel, you will be fine.  If you sit most of the day, a 3 panel may be a better option.
  5. If you measure at between sizes in the length (around your tummy), first take a breath and exhale and elongate drawing your tummy in slightly and remeasure.  If your measurement is smaller then choose the smaller splint. If the measurement does not change then you may want to go the the larger splint.  Typically clients lose a few inches off their waist in the program, but it essential that the splint fits you at the beginning of your program and is not too tight.

Now you should be ready to purchase your splint! 

I loved that I could wear my splint under my work shirt and no one could even tell. That splint reminded me all day of how to stand and sit and work without collapsing. - Jeff
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