Dramatically increase your healing and connection with an Abdominal Rehab Splint!

Why Splint?

An abdominal splint is a medical-grade, non-constricting support that reinforces the functional use of the inner core muscle known as the transverse abdominis. When used properly, it helps:

  • promote neurological reconnection to the atrophied muscle
  • protect and support the spine and abdominal organs
  • give temporary support to the core while it is rehabilitated
  • bring together and stabilize the two sides of the abdominals to help heal diastasis recti

Our splints are custom designed for the needs of functional core rehab. While they may look like a standard abdominal binder, we have reinforced the fabric and velcro to support longer-term use. In addition, we have designed splints to meet the needs of long, medium and short torso clients as well as curvy, pregnant and extra lean clients.

We recommend splinting with 90% of our core rehab clients. Splinting is always recommended as a part of a functional rehab program. Splinting alone is not effective.
If you are pregnant, read the section "splinting during pregnancy"

Getting Fitted for a Splint

Getting fitted is a simple but important step in getting a splint that will help serve you during your healing. Please follow these three quick steps to get your splint ordered correctly.

Step 1: Determining the height of your 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).

Step 2: Determining the length of your 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).

Splinting During Pregnancy

Our Prenatal Core Training approach recommends the use of an abdominal splint during pregnancy to reinforce the internal corset muscle. This can help alleviate common pregnancy-related aches and pains such as back pain, hip pain, abdominal pain, sciatica, SI joint instability, and much more. Abdominal splinting is highly encouraged to support optimal fetal alignment. This puts the least amount of unbalanced stress on your body and sets the stage to place effective pressure on the cervix to stimulate and intensify contractions, therefore steadily progressing labor.

The Tummy Team recommends *intermittent abdominal splinting during pregnancy in conjunction with our Prenatal Core Training program. 

*1st Trimester: no splinting | 2nd Trimester: 2-4 hours/day | 3rd Trimester: 4-6 hours/day

Women often begin their pregnancies with a functionally weak core and, as a result, develop diastasis recti and other pregnancy-related pain.

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