Di­as­ta­sis Recti: The Whole Body So­lu­tion to Ab­dom­i­nal Weak­ness and Separation

Katy Bow­man

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Pro­pri­o­met­rics Press Soft­cover $15.95 (228pp) 978-0-9896539-6-1

By mak­ing the ma­te­rial un­der­stand­able, ap­proach­able, and achiev­able, Bow­man of­fers an out­stand­ing and nec­es­sary guide

With Di­as­ta­sis Recti, biomech­a­nist Katy Bow­man of­fers a log­i­cal, long-term, and whole-body strat­egy that not only ad­dresses di­as­ta­sis recti, but also gen­eral core weak­ness, pelvic floor dis­or­ders like pro­lapse, and hy­per­mo­bil­ity.

De­fined as an ab­nor­mal separation of the ab­dom­i­nal mus­cu­la­ture, di­as­ta­sis recti is some­times seen as an un­for­tu­nate, but very com­mon, side ef­fect of preg­nancy. More rarely, men can also de­velop the prob­lem, of­ten from weightlift­ing in­cor­rectly or yo-yo di­et­ing over a num­ber of years.

In at­tempt­ing to cor­rect the is­sue, many peo­ple turn to tra­di­tional ab ex­er­cises like crunches, or get surgery like a “tummy tuck,” but Bow­man’s new book presents a bet­ter, more ef­fec­tive, ap­proach. With a tone that’s both au­thor­i­ta­tive and per­son­able, Bow­man ex­plains the is­sue with ad­mirable clar­ity, par­tic­u­larly no­table since there is no cur­rent con­sen­sus among re­searchers re­gard­ing what con­sti­tutes a di­as­ta­sis recti.

In ad­di­tion to high­light­ing anatomy, the au­thor details how the forces of move­ment come into play, bring­ing a fuller un­der­stand­ing of how the body op­er­ates—and more im­por­tantly, how peo­ple can in­flu­ence these forces in very spe­cific ways. Rather than fo­cus­ing only on ab­dom­i­nal ex­er­cises, she of­fers thoughts on nu­mer­ous strate­gies that all add up to a stronger core. These range from nu­tri­tion to pos­ture to small move­ments to more in­tense ex­er­cises. Her fo­cus on a whole-body ap­proach is re­fresh­ing, be­cause it aims to pro­vide higher func­tion through­out the en­tire body, not just the abs.

Us­ing the same friendly ap­proach that makes her anatomy and move­ment lessons so easy to fol­low, Bow­man pro­vides tac­tics that are un­der­stand­able and clearly de­scribed. The use of pho­tog­ra­phy is also help­ful, with the au­thor demon­strat­ing each move in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing step-by-step in­struc­tions.

Al­though Bow­man’s main pur­pose is ed­u­ca­tion, what she re­ally brings is em­pow­er­ment. En­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to know their own bod­ies, and then pur­sue so­lu­tions that make them health­ier and hap­pier, is a pow­er­ful ap­proach to well­ness.

By mak­ing the ma­te­rial un­der­stand­able, ap­proach­able, and achiev­able, Bow­man of­fers an out­stand­ing and nec­es­sary guide to di­as­ta­sis recti and many other ab­domen-re­lated is­sues. Everyone can ben­e­fit from these in­sights and im­prove their health in an em­pow­ered and proac­tive way.

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