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6 Questions on Diastasis Recti and Fitness

  When we feel weak and disconnected from our core we typically turn to a new fitness routine. But what we might really need is functional core rehab. Diastasis recti (a separated abdominal wall) is so under-diagnosed that most people are unaware that they might be suffering from a condition that needs rehab – not just more sit-ups.  It is so important to understand the connection between diastasis recti and fitness choices before you make…
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Swimming and Diastasis Recti

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As a physical therapist that specializes in core rehabilitation, I get a lot of questions about swimming and diastasis recti. Many of our clients were told swimming is one of the many exercises that should be avoided. When I was struggling to heal my own diastasis, I also was told by many physicians that swimming would make diastasis recti worse. I swam competitively for years and to be told I couldn’t, was a little heartbreaking. As a PT…
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Here’s What You Need to Know About Hormones and Diastasis

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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 at The Tummy Team and through our online functional core rehab programs, but hormones and hormonal imbalances also play a…
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3 Guidelines for Splinting with Prolapse

  Pelvic organ prolapse is when one of your pelvic organs drops and pushes against the walls of your vagina. If you have this condition, it may feel like pressure against your vaginal canal, a bulging, or as if something is ‘falling out.’ Prolapse can occur when the muscles of your pelvic floor have experienced trauma or are too weak to support your organs. The Tummy Team has been working with women to restore their…
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5 Questions to Evaluate Pelvic Floor Strength

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Women in our culture suffer from a variety of issues related to the pelvic floor that either get ignored or ineffectively addressed by the medical community. As we say a lot at The Tummy Team: “Common and normal are not the same things.” Just because the symptoms women deal with are becoming very common, does not mean that they are normal and do not require special attention. Use these 5 questions as a personal assessment to…
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The Olympics, Diastasis and My Magazine Debut

Has anyone else been staying up way too late watching the Olympics this year? I love the dedication, the personal stories, and simply watching people challenge their body and their mental focus to do incredible things. I am a bit obsessed with all of it. It started in 1984 when I remember seeing the Olympics for the first time. The obsession grew when I started swimming competitively as a kid. Some of you know that…
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3 Ways to Test Your Functional Core Strength

  There is a lot of hype out there about core strength. But core strength is not simply how long you can hold a plank or how many sit-ups you can do in a minute. Those activities do not translate into real life functional strength. We were made for living life, not exercise. The Tummy Team focuses on functional core strength; not how your body looks but how it feels and how it functions. To have functional…
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3 Easy Ways to Improve Diastasis Recti While You Are Pregnant

  Diastasis recti – a separation of the abdominal wall at the linea alba – is very common during pregnancy for many reasons. At The Tummy Team, we’ve seen that it is most commonly caused by the pressure of the growing baby combined with an already weak core, poor alignment, and excessive pregnancy hormones. The pregnancy hormone known as relaxin is what causes ligaments and connective tissue to relax and stretch, increasing the vulnerability of…
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5 Things Your Doctor May Not Know About Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti is a common, yet rarely diagnosed, condition that can contribute to multiple medical conditions. In short, diastasis recti is a separation of the abdominal wall at the linea alba – the connective tissue that runs down the center of your abdomen, connecting all your core muscles. If you would like to learn more about this condition, click here. This condition is widely under-diagnosed; as a result, you may not get the information you…
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Changes for Life

Everyone wants immediate changes. In the world of instant downloads, instant streaming, instant everything…We never seem to heal fast enough for our standards. But if you think about it, what you really want more than immediate results is lasting results. Think about the times when we or someone we know dropped a lot of weight on a drastic diet, only to then be devastated to gain all the weight back. Small consistent changes that build into…
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