Loose Your Mummy Tummy.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Howell, Emily
Pub Date: 01/01/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association Publisher: Canadian Chiropractic Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Canadian Chiropractic Association ISSN: 0008-3194
Issue: Date: Jan, 2011 Source Volume: 55 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Loose Your Mummy Tummy (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: J, Tupler; J, Gould
Accession Number: 259589923
Full Text: Loose Your Mummy Tummy

Tupler J & Gould J.

De Capo Press (member of Perseus Books Group), 11

Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA, 02142, USA; 2005.

Soft Cover, 140 pages, CAN $15.60

ISBN 0-7382-0981-3

In this book, the authors discuss a self-named pre and post partum technique that claims to "flatten your stomach NOW." Tupler (an RN, certified childbirth educator, and fitness instructor) and Gould (an author, book publicist and Tupler's former client) include eight chapters in their book which describe the anatomy, the first two weeks postpartum, recovering from surgery and other traumas, other body parts, injury prevention, performing other exercises, a 30-minute workout and final helpful postpartum tips.

With a celebrity-supermodel authored preface and an OB/GYN's introduction, the technique has many enthusiasts. The authors claim a very high prevalence of "mummy tummy" or rectus diastasis, as well as good outcomes using their technique, but there is no reference for these claims. The technique appears to be a combination of abdominal hollowing/ bracing and focuses on reactivating the transversus abdominis, as well as other familiar stretching, core strengthening and pelvic floor exercises. The authors also address rarely discussed exercises to avoid increasing diastasis. Their advice on postpartum ergonomics and prevention of injuries is very useful. Unfortunately, they do not reference the existing published core rehabilitation evidence.

While I recommend this book to clinicians, I would also suggest they provide patients with other current evidence-based references to complement it.

Emily Howell, BPHE(Hons), DC

Ashbridge's Health Centre

Toronto, Ontario
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