Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti

by Katy Bowman


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Diastasis Recti by Katy Bowman

Diastasis recti, the separation of the abdominal muscles, is a symptom of a whole-body problem.

Your abdominal muscles bend, twist, and support the spine. They contract and release to help you breathe, cough, talk, and sing. They stretch to accommodate pregnancy, haul your lower body towards your upper, and protect your abdominal organs. They should not be splitting down the middle.

In Diastasis Recti: The Whole Body Solution to Abdominal Weakness and Separation, biomechanist Katy Bowman explains the larger picture when it comes to DR; including body alignment; frequency of movement; the effects of all-day forces, like intra-abdominal pressure; and why a few exercises simply aren't enough for long-term success. You need to learn a new way to move for an improved set of core muscles.

Because the abdominals are connected 'directly and indirectly' to every other part of the body, Diastasis Recti lays out a whole-body corrective program to address the factors that overloaded the core in the first place.

With over 30 exercises and habit modifications, this book is for any man or woman experiencing abdominal separation or weakness and wanting to improve both the appearance and the function of their abdomen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989653961
Publisher: Propriometrics Press
Publication date: 02/01/2016
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 157,621
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

With radical, science-based health directives, Katy is taking the health-and-wellness world by storm with her bold 'exercise is not movement' platform. A biomechanist by training and a problem-solver at heart, she has helped thousands reduce chronic pain, increase bone density, and improve metabolic health through movement and proper alignment.

In addition to hosting her podcast KatySays (one of Greatist's 'Best Health and Fitness Podcasts of All Time') and writing for her award-winning blog KatySays.com, she is a regular source for national health publications like Prevention and Men's Health, and is a sought after guest on radio, television pod-casted talk shows and news segments. Creator of the Aligned and WellTM DVD series, Katy's groundbreaking work in pelvic floor restoration has made her particularly popular with midwives, OBGYNs, and others concerned with pelvic mobility, strength, and health.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Section 1 Think

Chapter 1 The Anatomy or Diastasis Recti 11

Chapter 2 The Forces of Diastasis Recti 21

Chapter 3 Under Pressure: DR, Hernias, and Pelvic Prolapse, Oh My 35

Chapter 4 Diastasis Recti and Nutritious Movement 45

Section 2 Move

Equipment List 58

Chapter 5 Stance and "Body Neutral" 59

Chapter 6 Little Moves 79

Chapter 7 Medium Moves 105

Chapter 8 Big Moves 133

Chapter 9 Drop Your Ribs 155

Conclusion: Change 157

The Program 159

Appendices 205

References and Further Reading 211

Index 219

About Katy 228

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