I have a compression binder. I use it for exercise and whenever I feel a little more ‘soft.’ At least this was true before I knew how useless they were for assisting in the reduction of a diastasis recti separation. I saw celebrities wearing compression binders and boasting how it helped them lose all that weight. I was in awe. What I didn’t know, is that it didn’t really reduce their diastasis. I knew this only because I had undertaken training in Diastasis Recti treatment and knew that without a certified program, proper rehabilitation for the abdominal muscles and safe exercises you couldn’t reduce it at all. In fact, you were probably making it worse!
I use to wear my compression binder a lot. I wore it under pants, during exercise (I do actually look back and remember how I would push out my stomach muscles against the binder (oh the horror) which is exactly why the compression binder is so detrimental for anyone with a separation. I remember using it to sweat more, and thus thinking I was working off the calories. I just look back at myself and laugh at the misinformation I was given about compression binders and how they just don’t help to treat diastasis recti properly.
The compression binder does just that. Compresses! So rather than pulling the abdominal recti muscles together and holding them in the right place, the compression binder pushes the abdominals back, putting a strain on the connective tissue and increasing the stretch between the recti muscles.
I shudder at just how much I didn’t know about separation and getting rid of that baby belly. What I know now is this:
- compression binders aim to compress, not correct the stretch of the connective tissue and the space between the muscles.
- compression binders push the recti muscles back to the spine- increasing strain and potential pain in the stomach and associated muscles
- compression binders do not help the ‘soft podgy’ tummy reduce or become toned because it influences the way you increase awareness of the transverse or strength of your innermost abdominal muscles
What a proper certified No Mummy Tummy splint does is:
- position the connective tissue closer together to promote the healing process
- takes the stretch off the stretched connective tissue
- gives you more of an awareness of recti muscles, making them more effective when engaging your transverse muscles
As part of the No Mummy Tummy program, the abdominal splints (not compression binder) are part of a four-part program- rather than sold as a stand-alone product. If you wore the splint, it would bring the walls of the recti muscles together and may assist in the healing of the connective tissue but as soon as you take off the splint the muscles will return to their original position without healing, protection or strength. You must utilize an abdominal splint with a rehabilitation program for the diastasis recti- otherwise, the pull on the connective tissue will remain or continue to get worse. Research the compression binder – if it's not from No Mummy Tummy, then it's not clinically certified and may not help in the way a trainer led program would.
If you would like more information on any of our programs or abdominal splints, visit www.nomummytummy.com.au or contact the head office team on 1300 217 372