Review: "Move your DNA"

Katy Bowman biomechanist is at it again with her amazing new book “Move Your DNA”. In this book Katy dives deep into why it is so important to move your body but also truly defines the term movement. She states that a lot of our typical ailments and diseases are actually caused by our own captivity.

One main example Katy uses in her book is the dorsal fin of an Orca whale. In the wild the Orca's dorsal fin stand straight up, were as in captivity their fins fall to the side commonly the left. Along with many other factors the side to which the fin is flipped is telling of how much your environment can effect the structure of your body. When in captivity whales swim in their tanks in a counter clockwise fashion, causing a change to the tissue of the fin due to the influences of gravity. To maintain balance and efficiency the whales body adapts to the habitual movement, shortening the tissue on the left side of the body.

Much like the whale the human body is also very adaptable, be it positive or negative, and can be held captive by it's surrounding environment. For example, sitting at work or at home or in your car, riding your bike, or using a treadmill all require shortening of tissues in the front of the hip. If you find yourself habitually holding any position for long periods of time over many years, the tissues begin to adapt to maintain stability and balance. As the corresponding tissue shortens, it may reduce your ability to stand up straight, bend forward, or lead to dysfunction of your pelvic organs. This adaptation can occur any place in the body.

In this book, Katy does a phenomenal job explaining how much our daily movements habits effect the functioning of our body's systems and shares strategies on how to adjust and better use our body. This book is available to borrow in the office in the Elements of Health library.

If you'd like to hear more about Katy and her book, here's a fun podcast she did earlier with an American broadcast: http://undergroundwellness.com/podcasts/300-move-your-dna/

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