Learn about the Tupler Technique® with Platelet Injections

I am continuously thinking about new ways to heal connective tissue, I want to share with you an exciting new treatment that combines the Tupler Technique® Program with a Regenerative Platelet Procedure to help strengthen the linea alba.  So please register for my Everybelly® Seminar on Monday, December 5th from 2 to 5 pm and learn about the Tupler Technique® and this new procedure. Here is the link for more information: https://diastasisrehab.com/shop/services/31-everybelly-seminar.html

Register before November 30th and bring a guest at no extra cost.

I joined forces with Dr. Patel, who is an Osteopathic Doctor (DO) and a regenerative medicine physician focusing on the musculoskeletal system. As a double board-certified sports medicine physiatrist, he is fellowship-trained in pain management and treats back pain patients on a daily basis. He is a big believer in the importance of strong core muscles. He realized, however, that patients with diastasis recti often have difficulty strengthening their core, and (luckily for me) that is how he came across the Tupler Technique®. So, we decided to combine the Tupler Technique® with the Regenerative Platelet Procedure.

What is this Regenerative Platelet Procedure? Platelets are found in your blood and are responsible for forming a clot when you cut yourself. These platelets contain growth factors that are able to induce healing. Using custom processing of your blood, a concentration of platelets (PRP or platelet rich plasma) and growth factors (PL or platelet lysate) are created. With the amazing success of using this procedure on other parts of the body (shoulders, knees and spine), we felt that injecting these platelet solutions along the linea alba would speed up the healing process of the connective tissue. Because the “condition” of the connective tissue determines the length of time it will take to heal, we were optimistic that adding this procedure to my program would give really weak connective tissue a “healing boost” and would be instrumental in closing a diastasis much faster.

As it turns out, our theory was correct! We saw results in six weeks that were much better than I normally see with clients just doing the
Tupler Technique® alone. Using ultrasound, we observed that the connective tissue did continuously get thicker over 18 weeks.

We started our project with eight women in May, 2016 and completed it in September, 2016.  This injection of the platelets into the linea alba was done in Week 4 of my program after clients had developed transverse strength and awareness. We took an ultrasound of the connective tissue in Weeks 1, 3, 6 and then again in Week 18 of the program.  

All of our participants were thrilled with the results.  Since it was the first time this procedure had ever been done on the linea alba, Dr. Patel and I are working towards fine tuning this procedure to make it even better! We are in the process of writing this project up so we can present it at a Regenexx Conference.

Anxious to bring this procedure to the New York area for my clients, I am inviting Dr. Michael Amoroso to talk about this platelet procedure. He will be working with patients in week 4 of the Tupler Technique® Program and also with my clients who have completed the program but could use a boost to their connective tissue to finish closing it.

Dr. Amoroso is a Regenexx Network Physician who currently treats regenerative orthopedic patients at his office. He is one of fewer than 35 physicians chosen nationally to join an elite group of physician trained using the Regenexx method to process super concentrated platelets, adipose tissue and bone marrow stem cells to treat sports related and other common orthopedic conditions, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and other nerve disorders without surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is a member of the International Orthopedic Foundation, the American Association of Orthopedic medicine, the Spine Intervention Society and the American Society on Interventional Pain Physicians.  

Lastly, I have updated my statistics on the Tupler Technique® with 372 clients and 1000 observations that I felt would be of interest to you. Here is the link to the summary page: https://diastasisrehab.com/statistics-summary.php

Look forward to meeting with you and supporting you in closing your diastasis.

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Update on The Healthy Mom Summit


There has been a change of date for the Healthy Mom Summit hosted by Hannah Hepworth.

Hannah has updated Julie’s lecture date for the interview series, The Healthy Mom Summit: Simple, Powerful, Holistic Ways to Take Care of Yourself No Matter How Busy You Are, to Wednesday, November 16th.

There will be an encore of Julie’s talk on November 17th, 18th and 19th.

Please remember that sign up begins on November 7th!

The signup link is http://www.hannahhepworth.com/JulieTupler

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Join Julie Tupler, RN & Others at The Healthy Mom Summit


As moms, we all know how hard it is to achieve vibrant health while we’re busy balancing relationships, kids, taking care of a home, feeding hungry mouths and work!

As you strive to “do it all” we often lose track of taking care of ourselves.  A million excuses can come as to why we don’t have time for ourselves.

You might have even reached the point where your health is suffering because it’s been on the back burner for too long.

You might have experienced one or more of the following health issues. Exhaustion, stress, anxiety, depression, poor body image, an unhealthy relationship with food, and just plain trying to get by each day and surviving instead of thriving like you deserve to be.

You wish you could feel your best.  You want more energy so you can play with your kids.  You long for a more balanced mood.  You want to establish some goals for feeding your family healthy whole foods, and you probably want to start managing stress in your life a little better. 

If this resonates, I’d love for you to join me for a complimentary interview series, The Healthy Mom Summit: Simple, Powerful, Holistic Ways to Take Care of Yourself No Matter How Busy You Are, created and hosted by my friend Hannah Hepworth, wellness coach to women, real food enthusiast and mother of 4!

Professionals and experts – including myself – who specialize in natural health modalities such as: aromatherapy, naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, energy healing, stress management and more, are sharing their best tips and advice to help you achieve your best health possible, and we’d love to “see” you there!

You can skip the reading and sign up for the summit, here:

The Healthy Mom Summit<<< Join Me For This Free Interview Series 


When you go to the link above and sign up to join me and 21 other speakers for the event, you’ll see that it IS possible to take control of your health … to stop feeling like you’re tired and stressed all the time.  My talk will be on Saturday, November 19th and it will run for 72 hours and  again for an encore 72 hours on November 28, 29, 30. 

Specifically, you’ll learn in the Health Summit:

Ÿ How to use nutrition to boost your health and the health of your family.
Ÿ Strategies for managing stress like a pro.
Ÿ How your mindset, whether positive or negative, affects your whole family and what you can do to improve it!
Ÿ How to use herbs and oils to enhance your energy and balance your mood. 

Ÿ Learn to stop putting yourself last so you can have enough to give to the people you love.
Ÿ And much more!

Hannah asked me to speak as a part of this series because of my expertise with diastasis recti.   A condition that has been ignored by the medical community.  A condition that most moms have after having a baby.

This is an incredible opportunity for you to learn specific techniques and strategies to take control of your health and improve it for good!

Take the first step toward gaining that control now, by signing up for this complimentary interview series, here:

The Healthy Mom Summit<<< Sign up here: http://www.hannahhepworth.com/JulieTupler 

Here’s to vibrant health!

Julie Tupler, RN
Diastasis Rehab

P.S. You do have the power to create amazing health naturally without a lot of fuss. Join me and Hannah’s hand-selected roster of expert speakers to learn proven techniques and strategies for doing so. Sign up here, and remember, you can listen to the entire interview series at no cost:

The Healthy Mom Summit<<< Sign Up Here; It Starts November 7th



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Wearing a splint all the time can be challenging for many reasons!  Because it is between two sets of bones (your ribs and your pelvis) it may have a tendency to move around with certain movements such as going from standing to seated.  Needless to say, this may be uncomfortable and annoying!  I totally understand.

So before I go into the different solutions, I want to just mention “why” you are wearing the splint and the importance of being committed to wearing it and making friends with it.  You have to wrap your brain around thinking that it is like wearing a cast.  You wear a cast all the time so the two ends of the broken bones will fuse together.  Think of your muscles and connective tissue the same way. They both need to be continuously held together. The connective tissue has been stretched out and we want to take the stretch off it.  We want to imagine it going from looking like a piece of saran wrap to looking like a piece of rope.  We don’t want it to stretch in a sideways or forwards direction.  Like the real estate business, it all boils down to LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!  The location of the muscles and the location of the connective tissue.  The muscles need to be close together to move in the correct direction. Front to back.  When the muscles are separated 4 fingers and over, they move sideways stretching the connective tissue in this direction.  Wearing a splint will NOT weaken your muscles. It is just putting them in the proper position so they will move correctly (front to back) when doing the seated exercises.

Now on to the solutions. First of all the splint has to be the right size. If it is too big it will move around a lot more.  Like a store bought dress, not every splint will fit you perfectly. Just like a dress that is too long and needs to be hemmed, the arms on the splint may need to be made shorter or longer when first buying and then again after a few weeks of doing the program. Many of my clients go down a size while doing the program. It is most important that the pad be the right size.  So when you measure, measure the size of your back at the level under your breast from one side seam to the other side seam.

Then measure the circumference of your body over your belly button.  The third measurement is to see if you need a short torso splint.  You measure the distance between the bottom of the sternum and the belly bottom.  If you are 5 inches or less than you are a short torso.  If you have a long torso or a big belly you may want to wear two splints for the extra coverage. There is a video under Tupler Videos with how to put it on.  You always start with putting the first one on your lower belly first.  Then the second one halfway up.  When choosing your size, if you are close to the smaller size, it is always best to get the smaller size.  For example, if your back size is a 16.5 or 17 and your circumference is 35, you should go with the size small.  If you get the splint and the pad is the right size but the arms are too small, you can stretch them out and make them longer.  If you get the splint and the pad fits your but the arms are too long, you will have to make them shorter.  Just email us and we will tell you the size of the elastic for the smaller size.  After a couple of weeks of wearing the splint and doing the program, you WILL have to make the arms shorter.  Clients have folded over the elastic and sewn it but that may then have a piece that sticks out and will rub against you.  I advise taking off the velcro piece at the end, cutting the elastic and then sewing it back on.  If you can’t sew like me, then take it to your tailor or seamstress.   It is an easy fix!  The arms of the splint should attach on the sides.  When they are attaching to the back, it is too long.  Here is the link to the page for sizing

Next is making sure you are putting it on correctly.  You cannot believe the many different ways I have seen people putting on the splint.  Please, please, please…..stand in front of a mirror so you can see what you are doing.  Start with the top arm on your right-hand side. That always goes on top.  Make sure you move the muscle and connective tissue towards the middle and hold it in that position with your hand.  Then, straighten the elastic arm, turn to the side and attach it on top. Again, it should attach on the side and not the back.  After you have attached the first arm, pull the splint down and make sure it is even.  Then attach the arm on your left. This one goes on a diagonal and also attached on top. The bottom arm goes straight across. Here is the link to the video for putting on the original 3 arm splint  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StboTxOX5aA    The extra small and small short torso splints are also used by children.   Here is the link showing how to put it on:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfwp2-1n1QY

Ok, now on with ways to keep it in place better:

  1. Wear it over a fitted long compression undergarment. I love the one from the manufacturer called Not Your Daughter’s Jeans or something similar to this. Here is the link so you can see it:
  2. Some of my clients wear the Belle Fit under pant/girdle over it. They say it helps keep the bottom part from riding up.
  3. Also, be aware of the way you get up and down and of your posture. Get up and down with a flat back.  Also, keep a neutral spine while seated. When you slouch the splint will ride up.

And last of all, I am in the process of making a tank top where the pad  of the splint will attach to the sides of the tank top and the bottom  elastic arm will attach to the front of the tank top.  I have tested it and it works well in keeping the splint in place.  However, you must understand manufacturing a garment like this is a long back and forth process of making sure everything is correct!  Since you are wearing the splint now, I thought I would share this with you so you could make your own. Just get a couple of long compression tank tops so you can wear one wash one.  Then you will need to go online and find sew- on hook and loop Velcro.   The loop Velcro goes on the tank top the hook on the splint.

Sewing Velcro on the tank top and on the splint to correspond with each other can make keeping the splint in place easy. Using the diagram below as a guide, sew pieces of loop Velcro behind the side seams of your tank top and a square piece of loop Velcro starting one inch above your belly button on the front of the tank top. On the splint, sew hook Velcro on each side of the pad, as well as a square piece of hook Velcro on the middle of the bottom arm of the splint. When the loop Velcro of the tank top attaches to the hook Velcro of the splint, the splint will “lock” the pad into place as well as the bottom arm of the splint so it does not move. The dimensions for the Velcro should be as follows:

The loop Velcro on the sides of the tank top is 8 inches long and 2 inches wide and a 4×4 inch piece on the front of the tank top starting one inch above your belly button.

The hook Velcro for the 3 arm splint is 8 inches long by 2 inches wide. The same as the loop Velcro on the sides of the tank top. Then there is a 4×4 inches piece that is sewn on the middle of the bottom arm on the two arm side of the splint.  On the short torso splint, the hook Velcro on the sides is 6 inches long and 2 inches wide.  The 4×4 square piece  is sewn on the middle of the right arm. Hopefully, the drawing below will give you an idea of how it works!









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You Probably Are Not Checking Your Diastasis Correctly! Here’s Why…

Most people check their diastasis incorrectly, and think it’s much smaller than it really is. When checking your diastasis, you want to measure it “almost at rest” and when it’s the largest. So, to measure it when it’s the largest you need to first relax your muscles.

Your head must be lying flat, to start, and your knees must be bent. Then you lift your head just a little. The higher you come up, the closer the muscles come together. This is why people think they have a smaller diastasis; because they lift their head and shoulders too high off the ground and the muscles come together and it will feel like the separation is smaller.

So you want to measure the separation when the muscles first start to move. You may want to come up and down a few times so you can feel the movement of the muscles, then check when they first start to move.

Keep in mind, when you’re checking yourself for diastasis recti, you are looking for two things. First, you have to measure the “distance” between the muscles. Which means, you want to see how many fingers fit between the separated muscles. You can also use the Diastometer™ belt, which is available on our website, at https://diastasisrehab.com/therapeutic-products. This will help you measure it in centimeters and will be more accurate, especially if you have a diastasis of more than 10 fingers.

The second thing you want to check for is “condition.” The condition of the connective tissue is measured by how deep your fingers go into the separation. The deeper your fingers go in, the weaker the connective tissue is. You can also use the Diastometer™ finger cot.

You also have to make sure when checking yourself for diastasis, that you check at the belly button, above the belly button halfway between the bottom of the sternum, and below the belly button halfway between the pubic bone and the belly button. If you feel a pulsing or see a half-football like bulge when you come up, it’s a sign that you have weak connective tissue. Usually you will need to use two hands to measure yourself when you have these two things.

We advise you to check in week one, end of week three, and end of week six. Write your numbers down in our Tupler Technique® Guidebook. Before starting our program, it’s important to also take your before belly photos from the front and the side. These photos have been so helpful to our clients as they are so excited when they actually see the changes, and they motivate them to continue with the program.

After you check yourself for diastasis, if you still aren’t sure, you can go to our website and  search for a local trained professional near you who may be doing free belly checks. Here is the link to this page: https://diastasisrehab.com/licensees

Also, be sure to watch this video by Julie on measuring for diastasis:

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Want To Be Trained For FREE?


Julie Tupler, RN  trains medical and fitness professionals in the Tupler Technique®. She is doing another training in October and has a physical therapist in NYC that needs two clients she can teach the program to. It will start next week and you will have to go to her office at 1845 Broadway, NY, NY 10023 for three (3) one(1) hour sessions week one, end of week three and week six of the program. You will receive a Diastasis Rehab Splint®, Tupler Technique® Guidebook, and a Diastasis Rehab Lose Your Mummy Tummy® DVD.  To be considered as a candidate, you will need to commit to the three sessions, and doing all 4 steps of the program every day for six weeks. Please email us at info@diastasisrehab.com if you are interested, ASAP, as we are hoping to make a decision by Friday (or sooner) this week. The spots are first come – first serve, so if you are interested, don’t hesitate.

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Submit a photo of your belly button in costume!  We appreciate creativity.   We will then send you a 10% coupon code off your order that you can use all month.  At the end of the month, we will post all our belly buttons in costume and have you choose the winner of the  best belly costume.
That belly will win a brand new splint!
Click here to submit.  




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Need Support? With Doing the Tupler Technique®

Please watch this short video giving you the logistics of the Tupler Technique® Program.

Support is on the way with our Six Week Online Support Program starting Oct 9th!

Let’s admit it- exercise is always easier when you do it with someone else. That is why everyone is assigned a “belly buddy” to provide ongoing support every day.

Having someone ask you if you have done your exercises today…will make it easier and more fun to do. You also have the opportunity to chat with the rest of the participants in the program, on a weekly discussion board, with how they are doing and compare notes.

Are you concerned whether you are doing the program correctly? If you are, be concerned no more. Julie will answer all your questions and illustrate how to do things on the three one-hour live webinars. AND there are no stupid questions- so ask away.

If you cannot attend the live webinar, submit your questions anyway as the webinars are recorded and the link is stored on the course site, so you can watch it anytime. The webinars are at the end of week one, three and six.

If you are wondering what you should be doing each week, the course has a weekly video telling you what you should be doing.

And lastly, is our contest! There is a contest for the BEST BELLY.  So you have the opportunity to win a free Skype session with Julie AND a brand new splint. After the course, you will probably need a smaller size. The before and after photos will totally motivate you to continue to do the program for the 18 weeks, which the program progresses to, and hopefully for the rest of your life!

So jump on board and let’s get started with getting you a better belly! Register here: https://diastasisrehab.com/online-support and use this code to get $25 off the price. We only take 18 people so don’t put it off, and then have to wait until January to do the next course.

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The Tupler Technique® Program requires Commitment

If you’ve watched the video in this blog- we’re sure you can’t help but notice the determination of the fish. Although the video could be called cute or funny, it really is quite a powerful video. It shows the true meaning of commitment.

The fish had determination, and although it made a few wrong turns and couple of rest stops-it didn’t give up. And that resilience got it back to its natural habitat (the water) and ultimately saved its life.

We want you to commit to that same determination the fish showed, and think about how fabulous you will look and feel when you close your diastasis! When you get discouraged, think about the fish again- how it never gave up.

That is what the Tupler Technique® asks of every one who seriously wants to close their diastasis recti- Commitment. The Tupler Technique® is a four-step program, which includes, the exercises, splinting, and getting up and down correctly. However, there is a step that proceeds all of the above- COMMITMENT. ON your mark—get set–Go!

Our Six Week Online Support Program starts Oct 9. Having support makes the program a lot easier! Click here for more information.


If I can do it with no abdominal muscles, so can you! Here are the four steps:fish-1a



Step 1: Seated Exercises:

It’s important to gain transverse strength as you need to use this muscle all the time. These exercises can be done in your car, while watching TV or while feeding your baby. They can be incorporated into your activities of daily living. No matter what your lifestyle- stay-at-home mom, or if you work a full-time career, you can commit to the Tupler Technique® exercises.

Step 2: Wearing the Diastasis Rehab Splint®:

In the real estate business it is location, location, location.  In the diastasis business it is the same. Location, location, location. Location of the muscles and location of the connective tissue. Wearing the splint puts the muscles closer together so they move in the right direction–front to back. With a large diastasis they will move sideways. A sideways movement stretches the connective tissue. The splint takes the stretch off the stretched out connective tissue putting it a better position to heal and do the exercises. The splint, like a cast, must be worn all the time so the connective tissue can heal.

Step 3: Engaging your transverse:

You use your transverse muscle with every move you make and every breath you take. So it’s important that you have an “awareness” that it’s moving in the right direction–backwards. If it moves forward, it stretches the connective tissue.  Stretching of the connective tissue will not allow it to healSo you must learn to engage it with activities of daily living during the first six weeks, then when you exercise starting in week six of the program.

Step 4- Getting up and down correctly:

Getting up and down, from a seated to standing position and from a seated to back lying position, is a huge forward forceful movement, if not done correctly and the transverse muscle is not engaged. Therefore, learning how to do this correctly will prevent undoing all the gains you’ve made with the program. One jack knife (coming straight up from a back lying position) can undo three weeks of work!


We’re so excited you are doing the program. We support you 100%

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The Tupler Technique® is Proven, Practical, and Positive!



If you’re already a Tupler Technique® trainer or client- then you know how important splinting is in your journey to heal diastasis recti. If you’re new to the Tupler Technique® and not familiar with splinting, or Julie Tupler’s program- scroll down and check out our last blog post on splinting.

Once you understand why splinting is so important- the next step in healing is incorporating Julie’s program into your lifestyle. Not only is the Tupler Technique® program proven– it’s crucial to your recovery. Every client that has successfully completed the program credits the exercise plan for their results.

“I started googling about tummies after birth and came across Julie Tupler’s rehab site, I must say she is a savior,” says Eva Papas, a client.

“I read reviews on various sites and watched video reviews about the Tupler Technique® program and I noticed that all the disappointed ladies have one thing in common- not being loyal to the program,” says Eva.

“They all mentioned about too may exercises, no time to do them all, or wearing the splint all day for the weeks suggested. Being a former athlete I know that there is no easy way to score and win,” says Eva.

“It requires a lot work and sweating,” Eva added.

Moreover, a 2005 study conducted by Columbia University showed that 90% of pregnant women who did NOT exercise, were more likely to get diastasis recti. While among exercising pregnant women- only 12.5% showed signs of having a diastasis.

Another great thing you’ll find about the Tupler Technique® program is it’s practical. You can incorporate Julie’s routines into your everyday lifestyle. Whether you’re driving, doing laundry, or feeding the kids- you can always do the belly breathing and practice holding your transverse while seated in the car- 100 is one set, and only takes 2 two-and-a-half minutes. Additionally, doing the siting exercises can help avoid road rage (we hope you’re are smiling right now).

Most importantly, Julie wants clients to understand that this kind of practicality can fit into EVERY lifestyle.

“Your transverse is important,” say Julie.

“You just have to stay mindful of it wherever you’re going and whatever you’re doing,” she adds.

Another aspect of the program Julie always emphasizes to clients and potential trainers-is the Tupler Technique® program is committed to being a positive way for people to heal their diastasis. While some may consider having surgery, which stitches the muscles together and can be painful and restrictive, the Tupler Technique® heals the diastasis naturally.

And although the Tupler Technique® Program is designed to heal diastasis recti- it also offers the added physical benefits of proper breathing and cardio exercise.




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julie splinting a client


“You have to be proactive with using your splint,” says Julie Tupler RN, the founder of the Tupler Technique®, and creator of the Diastasis Rehab Splint®.  Wearing a splint is one of the 4 steps of the program and a vital part of closing a diastasis in the
Tupler Technique®.  She defines being “proactive” as three things:

  1. Getting the right size to begin with and making sure it stays the right size while doing the program
  2. Putting the splint on correctly
  3. Wearing the splint all the time

If the splint is not the right size, it will not be effective.  The pad size is the most important measurement. It needs to come from one side seam to another side seam.  If the circumference size is close to the smaller size you can stretch the arms out a bit to have it fit you.  The arms of the splint should attach on the side of the splint and not the back.  In only a couple a weeks after wearing the splint the arms will become longer and then they will attach in the back. You need to be proactive and make the arms shorter!  Take the velcro off the end of the arms, cut the arms that are too long around 2 inches and then sew the velcro back on.  Click here for info on getting the right size.

Most everyone puts the splint on wrong!  It is so important to stand in front of a mirror when putting on the splint.  The most important aspect of putting on the splint that requires you to be proactive is moving the muscle and connective tissue with your hand and then holding it in that position while attaching the arms of the splint in the right place as shown in the instructional DVD.

Lastly you must be proactive about wearing the splint ALL the time. You must remember that the splint, like a cast, needs the connective tissue to continuously be in a narrow position in order for it to heal. Also the muscles must be close together in order for them to move in the right direction (front to back) when doing the exercises.

 “I continued to wear the splint 24/7 until my diastasis was closed and now I only wear the splint during my daily exercise routines as it makes me mindful of using my transverse while exercising.  This program requires both commitment and consistency, but I can assure you guys that it is well worth the effort,” says Morris Arnold a client of the Tupler Technique®.

“My ugly gut is gone! I look better and I feel better. I have almost no lower back pain,” Arnold added.

Tupler recommends every one who is interested purchasing a Diastasis Rehab Splint® and the Tupler Technique® Program visit the website. There are all sorts of support options from working with Julie in person or via skype or with her six week online support program.  Click here for work with Julie options.


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Calling All Pregnant Ladies! Are You Preparing For Your Labor Day?

Ladies, it is impossible to learn a new skill (pushing) when you are in pain!  That is why you need to learn how to push during your pregnancy and then practice it every time you go to the bathroom.  You need to have a strong transverse muscle (inner most abdominal muscle) so you can push for as long as necessary without your muscles getting tired.  You need to learn how to push with your strengthened transverse muscle and how to relax your pelvic floor at the same time. It is sort of like patting your head and rubbing your belly.  That is why you need to practice it!   When you are going to the bathroom make sure you put your feet up on a footstool about 7 inches high. This supports and aligns your bowel and makes it easier to have a bowel movement.

You also may want to start drinking a tea called Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. It is a uterine toner and will help your uterus in labor.

To prepare for the first stage of labor (the painful stage) you need to learn how to surrender to the pain.  You can do this by doing birth visualizations during your pregnancy.  You can listen to my Coming Contractions CD.  If you listen to it a lot during your pregnancy and then bring it to labor your body will relax when it hears the music and voice.  The ability to relax will decrease your pain!

So if you have not started preparing for your marathon of labor….what are you waiting for?!  Start with buying my Perfect Pushing DVD that is now on sale in honor or Labor Day.  Would love to hear about your labor.   Julie Tupler, RN

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Calling All Pregnant Women Regarding YOUR Labor Day!

Labor Day…is a holiday that honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made towards the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Here at Diastasis Rehab®, I would like to prepare pregnant women for THEIR day of labor!

Strength is key for your prosperity and well-being during your pregnancy and for a successful “Labor day”.  This is achieved by preparing both your mind and body for labor. In stage one, you must learn how to relax and surrender to the pain.  At the end of all my Maternal Fitness® classes, I would turn down the lights and play soothing music I recited birth visualizations. My clients loved the music and birth visualizations so much that they asked me to make this into a CD that they could listen to it at home and also during labor to help them relax.  What I found is if they listened to the CD during their pregnancy it helped them relieve anxiety during labor. Their minds were so used to relaxing upon hearing the music that when they played the music during labor they were more inclined to relax.  This is sort of like when Pavlov rang the bell and the dogs would automatically salivate!   This CD is called Coming Contractions®.  This has helped thousands of women. One client said it even helped calm the hospital staff!! Warning: Please do not listen to it while driving as you may fall asleep at the wheel!


As a childbirth educator and nurse, I realized that childbirth education comes at the end of the pregnancy and only prepares a pregnant woman’s mind. You would not run in the race without training, why wouldn’t you train your body for the marathon of  labor?   Your abdominal muscles must be strong and close together to push effectively in labor. If your abdominal muscles are separated because you have a diastasis recti, this could put you at an increased risk for a C-section.  Separated muscles cause your cervix to be pointing sideways instead of downwards. You need a downward facing cervix so the baby can come out!  You must also learn how to push with your strengthened muscles and how to relax your pelvic floor. This is like patting your head and rubbing your belly! So just like practicing relaxation, you need to practice the skills of pushing during your pregnancy so it becomes second nature for you. So every time you go to the bathroom and have a bowel movement, you need to practice pushing with your abdominals and relaxing your pelvic floor muscles.   In my Perfect Pushing® DVD, you will learn how to strengthen your abdominal muscles, make your diastasis smaller, practice correct pushing , and learn the modifications for exercising during pregnancy.

Hope you have a great Labor Day, and I would love to hear about your “Labor Day” experience with the Tupler Technique®.

To order your copy of Perfect Pushing click here.

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Diastasis Recti and Pregnancy

You may be starting your pregnancy with a diastasis from a former pregnancy or just from doing exercises incorrectly! Most women get a diastasis from pregnancy and pushing in labor and just don’t know it because health practitioners do not check for a diastasis unless they are asked.  So why do you care if you have a diastasis? For one thing, back pain is associated with a diastasis. Did you know that a large diastasis can also put you at risk for a C-section? This is because it changes the position of the cervix. It goes from facing and opening downward in the vaginal canal to facing sideways. The baby cannot get out when the cervix is facing sideways.

The best scenario would be to close your diastasis before getting pregnant! However, this is usually not realistic because you may not even know you have a diastasis! So starting the program as early as possible during your pregnancy will be the most beneficial for your pregnancy and birth.  The goal of the Tupler Technique® is to keep your diastasis as small as  possible during your pregnancy to prevent back problems and the risk of a C-section.

Childbirth educators usually do not teach women how to use their abdominals when pushing in labor. The Tupler Technique® wants to prepare you for the marathon of labor.  Pushing is a learned skill and must be practiced during pregnancy so it is second nature in labor. You cannot learn a new skill (pushing) while in pain. It takes around 21 days to learn a new skill. To protect your abdominals and pelvic floor muscles you must learn how to push with your strengthened and splinted abdominal muscles while relaxing your pelvic floor muscles. It is sort of like patting your head and rubbing your belly! That is why you must practice it during pregnancy.

Our Perfect Pushing DVD has information on making a diastasis smaller, learning how to push, and exercise modifications during pregnancy. Click here to hear Julie speak about this.

To order your copy of Perfect Pushing click here.

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