Zero Pressure Gymnastic
Sport is essential to stay fit and healthy. However, certain exercises are not suitable for everybody and may be harmful on the long term. Indeed, sport overusing abdominal muscles, such as traditional gymnastic, fitness and running, practice intensively will increase intra-abdominal pressure.
This increase of intra-abdominal pressure put an extra weight on the pelvis muscles which lead to their distension and inability to contract, causing incontinence.
One can think it could be wise to stop abdominal/cores exercises to protect pelvis muscles. However, abdominal/core muscles with a good tonicity are essential not only to have flat belly but because of their role in breathing and posture.
An alternative would be to associate abdominal and perineal work in exercises which are harmful for none. With this aim, Dr Marcel Caufriez (link) and Bernadette de Gasquet developed abdominal hypopressive gymnastic. Adapted perfectly to the needs of new mom and any women with perineal weakness or urinary incontinence, this method associates specific postures and diaphragmatic breathing.
Its main characteristic is to create a negative abdominal pressure through a diaphragmatic aspiration to prevent any pressure increase. Consequently, this gymnastic allows strengthening of core muscles and pelvis floor muscles at the same time.
Zero pressure gymnastic is very useful in addition of a pelvic floor rehabilitation, but also for prevention in athletes.
We offer home visit because we think it is more convenient for mummies and allow you to rest at the end of the session. But we also consult in our practice located in North london between Kentish town and Camden town.