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The Invisible Workout Moms Do Everyday

Have you ever considered the physical demands of motherhood? We focus so much on that workout we can squeeze into nap time or after work, yet we often underestimate the invisible workout we are doing all day, every day.  The Tummy Team focuses on supporting and strengthening women for all the different seasons or motherhood.  Let’s examine the seasons of motherhood and embrace the way our body is working for us. The Season of Preparation | Pregnancy…
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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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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 the most difficult and most intense part of birth. Everything builds up to that moment when the baby has made…
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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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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 corset muscles of the body. When worn properly, it helps to pull together and stabilize the two sides of the…
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6 Fitness Guidelines for Everyone

At The Tummy Team, we strive to help educate and motivate people to be strong for life. We are functional core rehabilitation specialists.  Our approach is to reconnect clients to their internal corset muscles and then train them to integrate that functional strength into everything they do in their life. While fitness can be an important piece to a strong and healthy lifestyle, certain fitness choices can also contribute to muscle imbalance, injury and reinforcing…
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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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