Support Belts and Abdominal Splinting InformationPosted by Rhonda Davis on Mar 14, 2014 in Blog, Support Belts | 2 comments
Seventy-five percent of women have some sort of abdominal or back pain at some point in their pregnancy and many people suffer from core weakness that affects their posture, strength, confidence and overall health. Both of which a pregnancy support belt and Splint can help relieve the discomfort or offer support during rehabilitation and strengthen.
Here is some fantastic information and a breakdown of the support belts, abdominal splints/binding options we offer at Sante’ Mama and Sante Mama Online.
Pregnancy Support Belt- a maternity support belt provides support to the lower portion of the belly taking some of the weight of the growing uterus and distributing it to other parts of your body.
Prenatal Abdominal Splinting – the 3 and 4 panel abdominal splints reinforce the abdominal wall by facilitating your corset muscles (transverse abdominis). Proper use of an abdominal splint will pull the uterus and baby up and back toward the body, placing the baby in a better alignment and relieving excess stress on the lower back and reducing the risk of separation of the abdominal wall (diastasis recti).
Postpartum Abdominal Splinting/Belly Binding- most cultures in the world (outside of the US) bind the belly after delivery. There are multiple benefits to this. The main reasons The Tummy Team promotes belly binding right after delivery is to help reconnect and protect the stretched out abdominal muscles during the first few weeks after delivery. We tend to feel like jelly in the middle and we are much more focused on caring for our new born then protecting our deflated weak tummy. Proper positioning of an abdominal splint for belly binding; helps approximate the 2 sides of the outer most abdominals which promotes healing of the connective tissue with diastasis recti, and provides your temporary transverse abdominis (corset) to help realign and support your back and organs and help increase blood supply to improve healing to the area.
Abdominal Splinting to assist in the rehabilitation process for diastasis recti- The Tummy Team has a comprehensive program that includes postural retraining, strengthening and alignment to heal the separation of the abdominals. Splinting the abdominals is often recommended in this program to approximate the 2 sides of the abdominals, improve alignment and increase awareness of posture and body mechanics. Splinting alone does not heal a diastasis but can help prevent it from worsening. Splinting is recommended in conjunction to the rehabilitation process not in lieu of it.
The correct use of an abdominal splint
Place the splint between the ribs and pelvis (there may be some overlap onto the ribs or pelvis but you want to be sure that the main portion of your abdomen is covered by the splint). Stand with your feet hips width apart. Un-tuck your pelvis and keep your ribs over your pelvis. Exhale and draw your navel to your spine. Now pull the 2 sides across your middle and fasten the Velcro. It should be snug but NOT tight. The most common issue is placing the splint too tight. This will decrease circulation to the area (like a tourniquet) and impair healing and will place too much stress on the Velcro causing the splint to fail quickly. We recommend wearing the splint all day and in some cases at night during the initial portion of the rehab process or the first several weeks postpartum. You should consistently focus on drawing your navel in away from the splint NOT resting into the splint. The splint is always meant to be temporary to help place the muscles in the proper alignment for rehabilitation. The transverse work in exercises and posture and alignment and functional activities is how the muscles heal and rebuild.
Bottom line- the best splint is the one that you will wear consistently. You need to be able do the rehab program for the abdominals while wearing the splint to have the optimal benefits. All splints are recommended to be worn over a cami, undershirt or belly band to limit skin irritation and decrease the need to wash the splint. Velcro does not last well with too many washes. The lighter weight splints if worn continuously tend to last 4-6 weeks the compression strap splint will last 2-3 months if worn consistently. Splinting is always temporary.
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This pregnancy support belt is designed to provide abdominal and lower back support during pregnancy. It lifts and supports the abdomen to relive muscle and ligament strain by transferring the weight of the abdomen to the spine. Reducing pelvic pressure and improving circulation in the legs by shifting the weight of your baby. This maternity support belt is great for a woman carrying multiplies or women who have pre-existing back problems. This is considered a heavy duty maternity support belt.
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This pregnancy support belt is soft and the panels allow for flexibility for anyone that is curvy or feels like they have a lot of tummy to bind. This binder is our most popular as it effectively splints the abdominals but is comfortable enough to wear all of the time. The three panel binder is most often recommended for immediately after baby comes for the same reasons. The three panel binder is flexible but also strong enough to protect and realign.
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The four panel pregnancy support belt is similar to the three panel binder, however, the four panel binder is wider. This is great for individuals with a long torso or who is taller. The four panel binder is the most often recommended for immediately following the birth of a baby for the same reasons. The four panel binder is flexible but strong enough to protect and realign. One of the benefits to the four panel binder is it fits a large range of sizes, so as you shrink down after pregnancy or grow in your pregnancy it will accommodate several sizes.
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This maternity support belt is highly recommended by doctors as an effective abdominal and lower back support. It lifts and supports the abdomen to relive muscle and ligament strain by transferring the weight of the abdomen to the spine. This belt helps you maintain proper posture and balance to allow you to do your normal pregnancy activities. For extra comfort the back provides a pocket for hot/cold packs.
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If you are feeling as if “everything” is going to fall out than you might need a V2 vulvar Support. Vulvar varicosities are an uncomfortable condition brought on by pregnancy for many women. The V2 Supporter can also help with; Lymphedema, Incontinence, and external prolapsed bladder or uterus. Do not walk around enduring the uncomfortable and often painful feeling.
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When you need all the support you can get try the Prenatal Cradle Plus. This support offers you the back, and abdominal support of a Prenatal Cradle as well as the vulvar support of a V2 support. This all-in-one support offers relief from back pain, swelling of the legs and feet, abdominal pain, pubic symphysis, hip separation, and sciatica. The Plus offers you the support down low where you might be experiencing a vulvar varicosity, or the feeling that “everything is going to fall out”. Comfortable, breathable, and machine washable.
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This support belt is soft and the panels allow for flexibility for anyone that is curvy or feels like they have a lot of tummy to bind. This is our most popular as it effectively splints the abdominals, but is comfortable enough to wear all of the time. The four panel binder is the most often recommended for immediately following the birth of a baby for the same reasons. The four panel binder is flexible but strong enough to protect and realign. One of the benefits to the four panel binder is it fits a large range of sizes, so as you shrink down after pregnancy, it will accommodate several sizes. The four panel binder is great for individuals with a long torso or who is taller.
This binder is soft and the panels allow for flexibility for anyone that is curvy or feels like they have a lot of tummy to bind. This binder is our most popular as it effectively splints the abdominals but is comfortable enough to wear all of the time. The three panel binder is most often recommended for immediately after baby comes for the same reasons. The three panel binder is flexible but also strong enough to protect and realign.
Cost: $25.00Buy Now!
This splint is very durable and considered a medical grade splint. It is a solid splint with a reinforced middle section that allows you to really approximate the abdominals. We recommend this splint for individuals with 5-6 finger deep diastasis or worse that can tolerate the firmness. This splint can be difficult to tolerate all day. For this reasons many individuals will also purchase the Abdominal Three or Four Panel Binder and switch between the two depending on their activity level. This is a very strong splint and will give a lot of support but can make it difficult to feel the muscles.
This binder is slightly rigid and does not offer as much movement for a curvy individual. The 9 inch binder is firm enough to stay in place without bunching but flexible enough to be comfortable in most positions. This binder comes in several different sizes. The sizing of this binder allows for a more snug fit but may require you to purchase a smaller splint as your tummy shrinks. The 9 inch binder is a very popular binder for people with back problems.
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By: Rhonda Davis
Doula and Owner of Santé Mama