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Hypopressive Techniques

Hypopressive Techniques, born in the 1990s, are the inspiration of Dr. Marcel Caufriez, a physiotherapist specialising in Kinesiotherapy and Rehabilitation. This is an innovative method of reprogramming overall posture, reactivating and toning the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor and rebalancing the spine.

With the objective of preventing and solving the problem of the relaxation of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor, in particular in urogenital postpartum rehabilitation, Dr. Caufriez developed a revolutionary programme of exercises – on the basis of specific key principles – that restore and improve the function of the abdominal core, thus avoiding subsequent repercussions on the perineum.

Hypopressive Techniques have numerous benefits and are today the most effective disciplines in the field of active postural re-education, with applications in health, prevention and sport.

Much scientific evidence demonstrates, in fact, the close relationship between the tone of the core muscles, of the muscles of the pelvic floor, and posture.

The classic exercises for the abdominal muscles – thanks to anatomical and physiological features – facilitate an increase in intra-abdominal pressure, which, if accompanied by hypotonia in the abdominal and pelvic walls, causes a weakening and loss of the supporting function of the walls themselves, predisposing a person to hernias, prolapses and incontinence.

Hypopressive Techniques counteract this phenomenon through postural exercises – selectively activating involuntary muscle fibres and creating new neural pathways – that encourage postural relaxation of the thoracic diaphragm, a decrease in pressure in the abdominal cavity and the toning activation of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.

The postures and the rhythmical, repetitive and sequential exercises – enhanced by breathing exercises – activate all the postural muscles and create new body, motor and emotional patterns.

Hipopressive techniques: benefits

Pregnant and postpartum women: Hipopressive Techniques are particularly suitable for pregnant women and postpartum women. 

Thanks to constant exercise you can maintain the functionality of the pelvic floor and prevent problems such as urinary incontinence, during gestation. After childbirth, may these techniques represent the best rehabilitation program for functional recovery of the abdominal wall and pelvic floor. They are currently the only alternative to surgery in case of abdominal diastase less than 3cm. .

Athletes can take advantage of Hipopressive Techniques to improve stability, abdominal function, posture and breathing capacity, fundamental prerequisites of the quality and economy of technical gesture. Hipopressive Techniques therefore contribute to improving sports performance and reducing the risk of injuries.

The Hipopressive Techniques are also the best proposal in the field of postural rehabilitation, reducing muscle tension and promoting the correct alignment of the spine and trunk. 

Those who spend a lot of time sitting, with prolonged and incorrect postures, can find in Hipopressive Techniques the best preventive and compensatory solution.

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