TAKE THE FOUR-STEP TEST
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.