Why The Tummy Team Splints?
We have had our splints 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.
The goal is to choose a splint that:
- Connects to as much of the transverse abdominis as possible (from the lower 6 ribs to the top of the pelvis)
- Covers the navel – which is often the weakest area of the linea alba
- Feels comfortable enough to be worn most of the day
The best splint is one the client will use consistently.
How to Measure Clients for a Splint:
1. Determine Height of Splint: Use a tape measure to measure first from the bend of the hip to about 2” below the bra line or the xiphoid process of the sternum. If the client is pregnant, measure along the side of the torso as well as over the belly bump.
2. Determine Length of Splint: Use a tape measure to measure around the torso at the line of the navel when the client is standing “elongated” (not completely relaxed and not tightly “sucking” in).
3. Find the Right Size: Compare these measurements to our Splint Sizing Chart to find the correct splint.
How to Fit Your Clients:
- Have the client stand with their back facing you. Their feet should be hips width apart. Instruct them to stand in neutral pelvis.
- From behind, place the splint against their back between their ribs and pelvis, and have them hold one side against their abdomen.
- Instruct the client to perform a belly breath.
As the client exhales, pull the other side of the splint across and fasten the closure. Adjust the velcro as necessary.
Key Consideration in Fit:
- The splint should feel “snug like a hug” and supportive, not tight and restrictive
- The splint should allow the client to be able to sit and stand in active postures without difficulty
- The splint should always reinforce the feeling of a connected core
- The splint should make symptoms improve not worsen