You Have To Read This Book: Alignment Matters by Katy Bowman
Today's post is slightly different to most of the others. I've never written a book review before (outside of primary school), however I just had to share this particular one with you. Recently I was lucky enough to get my own copy of...
Alignment Matters by Katy Bowman!
My first impression was: Oh my gosh this woman is smart! If you've never heard of her, Katy Bowman is a biomechanist from the USA and teaches thousands of people easy ways to look after their body and keep it functioning the way that it should. I love this book from a Physio perspective as there is a huge focus on prevention of injury and maintaing (or gaining) whole body wellness.
The information throughout the book is very well researched but also easy to read for people with lots or little health education. The book is a collection of the first five years of her blog, organised into relevant categories and body parts with each gem of knowledge presented in short chapters. Great if you don't have a lot of time to read all in one go, however I would recommend going through the entire book to get an overall picture of how everything in your body is connected. The other bonus is, because they are all blogs, most of the info in the book also available online, for free! (Which makes it super easy to share with friends).
Reading this book has definitely changed the way that I personally move and has absolutely enhanced my practice as a physiotherapist, particularly in the way that I explain things to my patients. I have already recommended Alignment Matters to my family, friends and patients as it provides fantastic explanations and recommendations for pelvic and overall body health. Not to mention, Katy's blogs are also funny!! I definitely got a few interesting looks from fellow passengers for laughing to myself while reading on recent flights.