[quote]Bron Sapir wrote:
Apparently there is something to it. I did a little research on Dita and Waist Training.
They’ve done x-rays on women who wore corsets and they see structural changes to the bone. I don’t know how long or how often you’d have to wear one to have that effect.
BTW, Dita has been wearing a corset since she was 18. I believe she’s 41 now. Height 5’3", 115 pounds and she has a 22 inch uncorseted waist. When she was younger and thinner, she would cinch it to 16.5 inches,and now more like 19 inches. Not considering it, but i do have a “sprung/ asymmetrical ribcage” from having kids. The hazards of a petite, short-waisted woman smuggling 8.5 pound baby under there! I have a 23" exhaled waist, but on one side my lower ribs stick out further than on the other side.
I read a trainer talking about trying to pull it back in with exercises very similar to the vacuum ones Dani linked to. Trying to train the muscle there. I don’t compete, so it isn’t a deal, but I wonder if women with that issue could corset it back in. Possibly. But still, there’s that “I like to breathe” thing.
Amen to that… Smuggling a baby is no easy task! When I was pregnant with my first son I had diastasis recti (where the ab muscles separate down the center) and this was hell when I was trying to start back up in the gym again. I could see it being helpful for something like this for sure. When I started to train my abs I actually was holding them together with my hands so I could do the exercises to start to strengthen them again. I think it could potentially work for the ribcage as well.
There seems to be a time and a place for the squeem based on individual cases but they are being promoted to fitness athletes for reasons that are not always necessary.[/quote]
Bron, I’m glad you were able to heal your diastasis up alright, or at least didn’t have any problems. Surprised that happened to you, since you’re so tall!
I ended up with an umbilical hernia with mine. Apparently once those muscles split apart, there’s nothing but a very thin layer of fascia supporting your belly button. Add lots of lifting and WHAM! I was fortunate that the surgeon went in and stitched my diastasis recti up while he was in there, instead of just doing a small hernia repair at my navel. Internal stitches from a few inches above my belly button all the way down, with a low c-section incision. It normally isn’t covered by insurance, but he was really cool to do it right for me. Anyway, it brought my waist measurement back to my prebabies size. I think wearing that squeem just after pregnancy might help the abs heal back together. In hind sight, I’d have tried it if I could have avoided that.