TAKE THE FOUR-STEP TEST

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Your Body -

1 Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Rest your head on a pil­low. 2 Re­lax your head and shoul­ders. Hold­ing your hand with the in­side of your palm fac­ing your head, place three fin­gers on your tummy so they form a line just above your belly but­ton. 3 Press down gen­tly, then slowly lift your head, neck and shoul­der blades slightly off the floor. You will feel two ridges of mus­cle close in around your fin­gers as you lift. How many fin­gers wide is it? Don’t lift your shoul­ders too high or hold this po­si­tion for more than a few sec­onds. 4 Re­lax, then re­peat the test, feel­ing for the depth of the gap to as­sess the con­di­tion of the con­nec­tive tis­sue that runs be­tween your sep­a­rated mus­cles. The fur­ther your fin­gers sink into your stom­ach, the weaker the tis­sue.

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