Hypopressives (also known as low pressure fitness) is wonderful for core strengthening--- and especially useful for those with prolapse, incontinence, diastasis and back pain and for those that "kegels" or pelvic floor muscle strengthening has not helped. In Europe, there are hypopressive classes (just like yoga and pilates classes) and popular for postpartum healing. Hypopressives are also useful for slimming the waistline!
Traditional exercises, abdominal training, gravity, as well as the majority of our daily activities are HYPERpressive – they increase intra-abdominal pressure. It is not to say that doing these everyday activities and sports are bad for us, in fact most of what we do – even walking – increases this internal pressure. What we need to address is how well our bodies are able to manage these pressures and prevent the onset of injury/dysfunction.
The HYPOPRESSIVE exercise technique is a safe and effective way to train those muscles needed to withstand any problematic pressure that can result from our everyday living or exercise, and allow us to safely and confidently continue doing the activities we love. Research supports their utility with prolapse, post-prostatectomy, diastasis and back pain. At RVA Holistic PT, we offer hypopressives one-on-one in-person or virtually. Book online or contact us for more information.