Another 3 MORE Tips on Testing Abdominal Separation

94_ab separation_no stripesRighto, so this is Part 3 in a series of blogs to assist you, the Pre/Postnatal Specialist enhance your skills when testing for abdominal separation.

 

Are you enjoying the posts so far, by the way? If so, pop a comment below, or better still, share this information with your FitPro friends.

 

If you haven’t stumbled upon Parts 1 or 2 of this wonderful series of articles, here they are below:

1)       3 Tips on Testing Abdominal Separation

2)       Another 3 Tips on Testing Abdominal Separation

 

Might be best to read those first and then come back here, me thinks.

 

Now, down to 3 more tips to help you in the world of diastasis recti checking for the postnatal client:

 

PREPARE YOUR SPEECH

Ok, that might be a slightly dramatic title, but it’s all I could come up with. What I’m referring to here is your bedside manner. So, say for example you find a separation of vast proportions, how exactly are you going to break the news to your client? Remember: a new mum who’s offering up her tummy for testing with you is a lot like being at the Doctor’s having a check of some other sort, so you want to be prepared with some words here and definitely don’t do that thing where your eyes pop out of your head in shock, ok? That is totally not cool. I run my classes in an open, friendly, relaxed environment, and I take this same tack when informing clients of my diagnosis of their tummyy and what they need to do to fix and/or avoid their diastasis getting worse.

 

Claire-230TO CLOTHE OR NOT TO CLOTHE

When it comes to postnatal women, and I really don’t want to put all of them in the same basket here, but….ummm….they’ve kind of lost all dignity by the time they’ve come to you. They’ve just had a baby come out of their privates and when you ask them to lie down on a mat to check their belly, it’s not uncommon for them to get into a slight state of undress right infront of you, and start pulling up and shifting down various layers of clothing in order for you to see their abdominals. Simply, all you need to do is locate your client’s belly button with a quick peek under their t-shirt, then pop your fingers above their navel ready for them to do a little sit up. You might need to ask your client to just move their waistband down a bit to test below the navel, but you can do this all with the shield of their own t-shirt and keep their privates private, alrighty?

 

BENCHMARKING

If and when you do find a distension in a postnatal tummy, what I’d suggest you do is set your client some homework, warn her of any dangers exercise-wise etc and ask her to come back to you in 4-5 weeks time and at which point you can perform the ‘Rec Check’ test again. I wouldn’t test it much sooner unless you’re really confident your client has managed to follow all of your advice. She’s pretty busy I expect caring for her newborn, and although she may have a real desire to fix her abdominal separation, it may not be practical, because her needs come after her baby’s really. Keep tabs on what the gap was like on your class register, or ask your client to do that, and when you test again, you’ll know if an improvement has been made or not.

 

And there you have it!

 

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