What Men Need to Know about Diastasis Recti

The Tummy Team is a group of physical therapists who specialize in Functional Core Rehabilitation and specifically the treatment of diastasis recti.  We have been helping clients heal abdominal wall damage and restore their core for over a decade and have designed several online rehab programs to help clients around the world.  After years of clinical work, we are now …

6 Steps to Understand and Address Grief and Trauma in your Core

The most common contributing factor with all of our functional core and pelvic floor weakness clients is disconnect.  Emotional and physical disconnection is a natural response to trauma and grief.  Our body instinctively protects us from pain and looks for ways to distance us from painful experiences, and while disconnection is a natural survival technique, it is not a healthy …

Welcome to Advent (The Tummy Team Style!)

Welcome to Advent (The Tummy Team Style!) What is Advent? Well, essentially it is a season observed in most Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation of the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas. It has also come to mean simply a time of anticipation of something special or important. The Tummy Team works with …

Is there Hope for my Diastasis Recti?

YES!! Diastasis recti is treatable! Initial awareness of diastasis recti leaves most of us feeling a bit overwhelmed and hopeless. But we are here to tell you that there is HOPE for your diastasis! Diastasis recti is very treatable. The Tummy Team has specialized in the nonsurgical treatment of diastasis recti since 2009. There is limited information on diastasis recti …

9 Ways to Reinforce Functional Core Strength in the Midst of the Busy Christmas Season

Don’t let the busyness of the holiday season keep you from taking care of your body.  The Tummy Team specializes in making everyday activities meaningful and giving you tools and strategies to bring your functional core strength into everything you do.  Use this fun resource as daily reminder of how to be intentional and promote optimal alignment while creating opportunities …

21 Day Meaningful Movement Challenge

Join us this November for our 21 Day Meaningful Movement Challenge! The Tummy Team is passionate about functional core strength. Essentially we want you to be strong, stable and pain free from your core to be able to live the life you love. We specialize in functional core rehab and helping clients worldwide effectively rehabilitate core conditions like diastasis recti, …

You’re doing it Wrong: 4 Stages of Core Activation

Activate your core! We hear this all the time. We are told, “you need to strengthen your core”, “make sure you are engaging your core”, “if your core was stronger, your pain would improve, your posture would be better, your back would not keeping ‘going out’.” But what does it actually mean to activate your core? Well, it is not …

5 Most Common Questions About Diastasis Recti

The Tummy Team specializes in functional core rehabilitation, specifically treating the very common yet very under-diagnosed condition called Diastasis Recti. Since there is so much conflicting and confusing information out there about diastasis recti, we focus on not only treating the condition but being a resource to those who are seeking more information. Below are the 5 most common questions …

Long, Lean and Lifted

What Does it Mean to be Long, Lean, and Lifted? There is an amazing amount of balance and intricate coordination required for movements in daily life, from the most simple to the most complex. Yet we rarely stop to think about what is holding us together. It is not simply a skeleton. There is a complex system of muscles that …

10 Questions to Ask a Core Rehab Specialist

How to Find a Core Rehab Specialist The Tummy Team specializes in functional core rehabilitation – specifically the treatment of diastasis recti and related symptoms of low back pain, pelvic instability, pelvic floor weakness, sciatica, intestinal issues and more. Our approach is based on neurologically retraining the body in functional activities and balancing out in muscle imbalances to allow the …

The “Done!” List

It starts right after Thanksgiving – things to do, presents to buy, cards to be addressed, groceries, festive décor, parties, events…and that’s even not including the activities the kids are involved in. Towards the end of the year, there is a tendency to think about the things we didn’t do. Hopefully, we will complete those goals. Next year. Maybe. And …

A New Standard for Postpartum Care

In the medical world, there are “standard of care” guidelines for specific scenarios based on what some group of medical professionals had deemed best. It refers to the expected treatment approach for any given diagnosis or patient type. For example, at a 4-month prenatal appointment, the standard of care would likely include urine analysis, weight check, blood pressure check, fundus …

A Story of Transformation | Gillian Sukachevin, MPT

  Our pelvic floor specialist and dear friend, Gillian Sukachevin shares her story of transformation from brokenness & pain to healing & hope… My name is Gillian Sukachevin. I am a physical therapist at The Tummy Team. I received intensive training from Kelly Dean, the founder of The Tummy Team, to be a core rehabilitation specialist. I also have a …

Your Muscles Are Talking. Are You Listening?

  Did you know your muscles talk to you? Our bodies were designed to be balanced and aligned with the perpendicular pull of gravity. Our bodies are intended to have a perfect balance point between the right and the left, the front and the back. When you are off-balance for an extended period of time, your body starts to act …

Core Rehab is More Than Numbers

It is so easy to focus on measurements…objective numbers. We are even trained this way in PT (physical therapy) school. Measurable, quantifiable changes. You have to measure it to compare changes, right? We focus on numbers in other areas too. How much we weigh…What size we wear…How tall we are…How many inches we have gained or lost…How fast we can …

Stronger Core, Stronger Life

What it Means to Have a Strong Core After years in physical therapy, I am still surprised how often people do not make fixing their ‘tummy’ a priority. When you really consider the core and its function, it is shocking that the pursuit of a stronger core is seen as vanity. Perhaps it is because we feel some pressure to …

Core Rehab – You Can’t Afford Not To

The Current System The medical insurance system is broken. I am sure this is not news to you. Unfortunately, the system is highly influenced by pharmaceutical companies, medical supply companies, malpractice lawsuits, and federal agencies. Essentially it is largely influenced by money. Despite this knowledge, many of us have developed a thought process that goes something like this: “well, if my …

The Fear of Falling: How Fear can Limit your Rehab

I realize there are many options out there that can help with diastasis recti and I know people passionately believe in what they do. I have no desire to critique other programs and I do not feel the need to be competitive or compare ourselves. There are plenty of people looking for help and many different approaches to healing. Instead, I spend my free time furthering my understanding …

Broken at the Core – There is Hope

  Why is it hard to hope? Many of our female clients come to us weak and disconnected from their core and ultimately feeling broken. At some time in their life, they were either violated, hurt or rejected. At one time or another, they believed that their body failed them due to abuse, injury, infertility, miscarriage, rape, a difficult birth, …