When most people consider the benefits of a tummy tuck, they imagine having smoother stomach skin, a sleeker shape and more toned abdominal muscles. However, achieving your ideal abdominoplasty results can benefit more than just your appearance. The procedure can also help support your back and improve your posture.
Back issues are very common. While the source of back problems vary widely, many back issues can be traced to a lack of spinal support. When the connective tissue between your abdominal muscles become stretched or separated from events like pregnancy or extreme weight fluctuations, it can result in a condition known as diastasis recti, or “abdominal separation.”
The Effects of Diastasis Recti
Diastasis recti can prevent your core muscles from supporting your spine properly, leading to back problems such as lordosis, also referred to as sway back. Back problems like lordosis can lead to chronic pains and poor spinal health, which can be difficult to resolve on your own.
Tummy Tuck Support
An abdominoplasty can reconnect the stretched connective tissue between separated abdominal muscles, drawing the halves together into their original, compact position. This allows your abdominals to support your spinal column, which in turn can relieve a number of back problems and help tummy tuck patients develop healthier, more confident posture.
Practicing Good Posture
Despite these potential benefits, a tummy tuck isn’t a cure-all for your posture problems. The best way to improve your posture is to make a conscious effort to contract your abdominal muscles throughout the day and keep your spine straight. While the benefits of a tummy tuck can certainly extend all the way to your back, you should also practice healthy habits that support your spine regardless of whether you get a tummy tuck.
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