Hypopressives - Low Pressure Fitness

Pelvic Floor & Core Health

 

The Hypopressive Method is a form of exercise developed by Dr. Marcel Caufriez in the 1980's specifically to target the core without inflicting detrimental pressure and causing an involuntary contraction of both the abdominal wall and the pelvic floor. This technique was initially developed to treat women with pelvic floor issues after childbirth in a clinical environment.

It is a a combination of breathing techniques involving apnea -cessation of breathing- and a variety of postures to create a vacuum effect to bring the abdominals and pelvic floor unconsciously in and upwards without force or pressure. 

Our therapist has been trained by Marcel Caufriez himself. 

The term 'Hypopressive' refers to decrease or reduction in pressure, whereas most traditional exercises, including exercises are HYPERpressive (they increase internal pressure). Specifically, with Hypopressives we are referring to a pressure related to the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities. Medical conditions can affect these areas such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse or hernias.

In 2006 doctors Tamara Rial and Piti Pinsach joined Dr. Caufriez in his research. In 2013, they took Hypopressives to another level and created Low Pressure Fitness, a full body work out regimen incorporating the technicalities and fundamentals of Hypopressives.

Hypopressives are effective to strengthen your core, improve your posture and back problems, prevent urinary incontinence and enhance your sports performance among other benefits.

Benefits of Hypopressives

  • Increases abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone 

  • Aids in post natal stage

  • Prevent and reduce incontinence and prolapse

  • Improves athletic performance

  • Raises metabolism

  • Aids in improvement of sexual function

  • Improves posture and ease back pain

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From incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain or constipation, there is growing evidence that Hypopressives are a specific Pelvic Floor treatment that may alleviate and improve these symptoms. 

Your therapist will teach you to identify various muscles, so you can strengthen them. All of the muscles in this area work together to help you maintain your core strength and prevent incontinence or prolapse.

Pregnancy, ageing or certain sports can trigger problem on your pelvic floor and  lose tone in the abdominal muscles during pregnancy. About two-thirds end up with what's known as diastasis recti, a separation of the rectus abdominis muscle along the center of the belly. This condition can contribute to lower back pain, constipation, and urine leaks, as well as that stubborn postpartum stomach pooch that may last for months or even years.

Diastasis Recti and postnatal stage - Hypopressives Glasgow

Many people suffers from Diastasi Recti or the 'ab gap' on their tummies. This problem often gives a hard time to new mums when they are trying to bring their bodies back to normal. 

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis means 'separation' and Recti refers to the muscle Rectus Abdominis -or our '6 pack'-. About two thirds of pregnant women have it and many men due to wrong techniques while weight lifting, doing sit-ups or other causes.

Pregnancy puts a great pressure on this area as well as your pelvic floor and sometimes rectus abdominis can't cope and creates a gap.

Some exercises such as crunches, sit-ups, pushups, press-ups, and front planks, may make abdominal separation worse. 

Contraindications

  • Pregnancy 

  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

  • Heart Conditions

  • Severe Gut Disorders (Crohn's disease)

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