Today, I’m sharing 3 MORE tips for getting to grips with what it is you should be testing for, whether there’s a right and a wrong way to be dealing with postnatal clients and how getting this skill accurate can enhance your role as a Pre/Postnatal Specialist.
If you didn’t manage to read my article last week listing the first of 3 top tips on testing abdominal separation, click here to get yourself clued up.
Abdominal separation is classed as anything larger than a 2-finger width gap, by the way.
If you find a slight separation that’s a bit borderline, that’s your call entirely as to what you suggest your client does exercise-wise.
I personally would recommend that new mums who fall into this category proceed with caution.
Finding no or minimal diastasis recti isn’t necessarily a green light for clients to return to Planks, sit ups and other hard core (excuse the pun) exercises, ok?
So, without further ado, here are my 3 MORE top tips:
Were you aware that 66% of women who have pelvic floor dysfunction also have abdominal separation? No? Well – you do now! So, with that statistic in mind, it’s vital that once you’ve checked your clients for abdominal separation that you follow it up immediately with this question: “And, how’s your pelvic floor? Any issues there?”. Bear in mind, some clients may not necessarily answer this question honestly with you, so if you’re good at reading people, I’d suggest you then keep it nice and informal and say: “Well, if you do find you have any problems or have friends who chat to you about weakness etc, I’m more than happy to help, because I’m a bit of a pelvic floor geek, alrighty?”. As long as clients know that you’ve opened up the channels of communication, you can keep building rapport as you take your client your course of classes.
I’m not going to lie here, for your more ‘larger’ clientele, to test their abdominals accurately, you’re going to have to dig your fingers in deeper than a new mum who’s quite lean. I know in my early days of testing mummies’ tummies, there were a few clients here and there that I tested, that I wasn’t entirely confident about whether I felt a definite separation or not. Don’t worry – my next point will help you with that. I’ve tested 100’s of sets of linea albas now, but I’m passing this tit bit of information on about this delicate situation, to help you help your clients.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Pretty obvious, isn’t it? But, put simply, testing abdominals for separation gets easier, simpler and quicker the more you do it. You develop your own style of dealing with Everyone has a separation of sorts, so just rope anyone, male or female, big or small, young or old, postnatal or not (but not pregnant, obviously!), to be your guinea pig and see what findings you come up with. Treat your clients as science experiments. Kidding!
And there you have it!
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