I believe most women (and some men) have heard "kegels, kegels, kegels" when they hear about pelvic floor, but there is so much more to the full function of your pelvic floor than just squeezing or pulsing the muscle around your sphincters. The pelvic floor muscles are designed to support your lower body posture and provide structure to hold your internal organs in place. When you think of it like that, you can see how simply doing Kegels is not the answer. We work with so many clients to help them have a better quality of life related to how their bowels, bladder and intimate needs are met. It is different (and often simpler) than you think. This series will walk you through the foundation of the function of your pelvic floor and how to support that function well.
The newborn care is physically demanding. There are so many repetitive postures that make up the day and use muscles that you have never used to this extent in your life. Plus, most of the time the parent is also recovering from giving birth. A strong core is crucial for this season but often we do not have the functional core strength we need. So this series is designed to help you setup your environment to work for you and give you practical tools to implement in your everyday life routine of baby care. You can do this and The Tummy Team is here to help you do it well.
Yes, it is true. Everybody poops but not everyone likes to talk about it. Well this week we are going to talk about it. Your bowel movements are directly impacted by functional core weakness and poor bowel movement habits can contribute to series core and pelvic floor dysfunction including diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse, prostate issue and so much more. The good news is that The Tummy Team can help! We have a series of strategies to help you poop better. Whether you struggle regularly or occasionally, this series can help you. So get ready for some honest and open conversation and some practical strategies to ensure some healthy daily bathroom trips.
Upper back pain is a common side effect of functional core weakness. When your core muscles are weak you tend to live in collapsed and forward flexed postures. Rounding your shoulders forward, looking down and pushing your head forward all cause your body to live out of optimal alignment. The weight of your head is 12-15lbs and that weight poorly positioned on your neck causes your upper back and neck muscles to strain. The Tummy Team has a step-by-step approach to relieve your upper back pain while rebuilding your functional core strength. Decreasing pain in your daily life can greatly impact everything. Don't keep powering through, let us help you. Let's get started.
Low back pain is the most common complication of functional core weakness. When your core is not active and stabilizing your pelvis and spine, then the other muscles around that area tend to become desperate and strain to do work that they were not intended to do. Over time, those muscles fatigue, spasm, cramp and become achy and angry. At the Tummy Team we have learned that simply releasing or massaging those overworked muscles will only provide temporary relief. We also need to rebuild the core strength that is missing in the first place. We have a step by step approach to rebuild your deep core strength from the inside out to give you lasting results in our Comprehensive Core Rehab Plans. But we also have some really valuable tools to help you get started with a technique we call RELEASE, REPLACE, RESET. RELEASE- refers to stretching, moving and releasing the tight muscles. REPLACE- refers to shifting from tight muscles gripping to activating your internal core muscles to replace and supply the missing strength and stability. RESET- refers to elongating and restoring your optimal alignment so your core will continue to be recruited for functional core strength. In this mini series we will introduce you to our seven most effective releases to address low back pain while encouraging to do more than just release the tightness. With every release, we encourage you to follow up with a belly breath and transverse abdominis activation and then reset your posture to your best "long, lean and lifted" version of yourself. Join us to see how this combination can relieve your low back pain and help you move forward.
Using physical touch through massage, deep pressure and gentle joint mobilization is a valuable part of The Tummy Team's functional core rehab approach. Most of us do not like to touch our tummy and many have simply not thought about how touching those muscles could be beneficial. The good news is that you can start today and a little will go a long way. Two huge contributing factors with functional core weakness is physical disconnect and compensation patterns. We have simple yet effective strategies that we use in all of our rehab programs that help you address both of these issues using your own hands. I realize it can sound weird to say that rubbing your tummy could help heal your diastasis but it is actually true. The lessons in this series will help you understand more. Let's get started!
The right fitness choices are very important when you have diastasis recti. The abdominal wall can be damaged with the wrong fitness choices and sadly too many people think they are helping their core when they are actually keeping it from fully healing. We want to change that! There is a safe way to exercise while you are working on healing your diastasis but it is different than what you might think. This series will guide you through the fundamentals and help you understand how to do the right things for the right reasons to get the right results. You may find that you need some core rehab first before you can master Tummy Safe Fitness, we have you covered there. If you recognize that these guidelines are too hard, look at our comprehensive courses and get the full rehab experience from The Tummy Team. Then this will all make sense. Until you take that step, understanding Tummy Safe Fitness for Diastasis Recti will be crucial for you to not take one step forward and one step back on your journey. Let's get started!
Is abdominal rehab splinting right for you? About 90-95% of our functional core and pelvic floor rehab clients supplement their rehab process with our abdominal rehab splint. There are so many benefits of using a splint to help you reconnect to your deep core muscles but it is essential to use a splint as a part of the rehab process and to use it properly. We have designed this series to help you learn everything you need to know about abdominal rehab splinting with The Tummy Team. Our goal is to empower and educate you when choosing to use a splint. Let's get started so you can learn what a powerful tool splinting can be.
There is a lot of confusing and overwhelming information out there about how to treat diastasis recti and what is actually involved in the rehabilitation process. As a physical therapist, I was shocked at how little we learned in college about this condition. It is rare to find a professional who truly knows how to effectively treat diastasis. Diastasis recti rehab is the specialty of The Tummy Team. We have helped thousands of clients from mild to severe cases heal and reclaim the strong active life they were missing. This series is designed to help you understand the essential components to the diastasis rehab approach by making it simple and understandable. This is an outline with some really important information but this is not our comprehensive rehab process. Start here and when you are ready for more support join us in our Functional Core Rehab Collections to give you the fully rehab process.
What is it, how did it happen, how do I know I have it and how do I fix it? The Tummy Team specializes in treating diastasis recti and functional core weakness. I healed my own 6 finger wide diastasis and have returned to all the activities I love and I want to help you do the same. This series blends all of the content we have created over the years to help educate you on all things Diastasis Recti. You will feel informed and empowered and ready to take the next step for you.