On this episode of The Pelvic Health Podcast, we are joined by Mary Wood and Traci Belyk to discuss Hypopressives.
Hypopressives are a controversial topic because of the claims made by some who practice it. We thought we would start by asking some physiotherapists who are well-regarded to try sort the fact from fiction.
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Below the podcast are Lori's blog notes from here...
There has been much controversy over a relatively new type of exercise used to help women with pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
Hypopressives are exercises attempting to reduce intra-abdominal and intra-pelvic pressures, in so attempting to help reduce pressure onto the pelvic structures at fault in some pelvic floor dysfunctions.
They look strange, it all sounds strange and there is little research (however this is currently ongoing). Much of the difficulty lies within interpreting the Brazilian and French roots. Yet, those who use it with their patients or clients report remarkable results. How? Why?
Mary Wood and Traci Belyk are two physiotherapists in Canada whom bravely agreed to talk to Antony (all by his lonesome) about this form of exercise. They don't claim to know the exact physiology behind it but they give us a good background on what they are, how they may work, who they are good for and where to find more information.
Spoiler alert - they are not just about holding your breath!
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