Hypopressives is a series of breathing and postural exercises which aims to reduce pressure in the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities.
The specific postures and breathing techniques involved with hypopressives utilise the action of the respiratory diaphragm and its associated muscles to cause an abdominal suction effect thus decreasing intra–abdominal pressures (IAP).
Chiropractors identify and correct sources of interference. This can occur anywhere within the body.
Why reduce intra-abdominal pressure?
Many traditional exercises create an increase in intra–abdominal pressure (IAP) which a strong core musculature can withstand. However, if you are training with an existing injury or pelvic floor weakness (eg after having a baby), this increased pressure will find the “weakest spot” and can result in functional challenges such as urinary incontinence, hernia or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
Core muscles should work at a subconscious level, naturally activating without the need for a focussed contraction e.g. if you have to suddenly run for a train. Hypopressives work to not only reduce IAP during the exercise “flow” series but also help to re-programme the core muscles, increasing their resting tone and involuntary function. They help to restore normal function to the complex of muscles that together we think of as the “core muscles” and in particular those of the pelvic floor.
Who can benefit from hypopressives?
In short, they can benefit almost everyone! They can be particularly helpful for improving sports performance as they are a core re-training exercise. They can also be used in conjunction with a rehabilitation programme in the long–term treatment of lower back injuries. The postures involved with the exercise programme are particularly appropriate to help those wanting to improve their posture.
Hypopressives have most commonly been used by post–natal and peri/post–menopausal women in the management of urinary incontinence and even to reverse pelvic organ prolapse.
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Ask us whether hypopressives are suitable for you or book an assessment appointment with Verity.