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Mouclier Victor

Compression and organ pressure

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Mouclier Victor

Hi Gymnasticbdies !

My brother got chronic urine leakage as a result of too much crunches and reverse crunches done in the past. Our doctor said that it is due those abdominal exercices where you tuck your core : they push the internal organs down.

In GB approach, exercices that involve compression are very recommanded : top part of HLL, V-sit, V-ups, pike stretches...

I would like to know how to do abdominal compression exercices while avoiding this kind of problems with the abdominal organs.

I've read that you need to breath out strongly when  crunching your body, but also that you need to stay away from those kind of exercices.


Thank you in advance because i'm sure you got the answer :)


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Nick Murray

Your brother needs to see a physiotherapist who specialises in pelvic floor disorders or conditions. It is possible to have too much, or too little, "tone" (resting tension) in pelvic floor muscles, and perhaps overusing rectus abdominis ("the abs") or deeper abdominal muscles overpowers his pelvic floor.

Using the valsalva maneuvre (holding your breath as you try to generate tension in the body) can also overpower pelvic muscles.

See a physio or physical therapist.

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Everett Carroll

Hi Mouclier,

Sorry to hear it! Like Nicholas said, this is something that should be looked at by a medical professional. I have never seen this before and only a good physio will be able to help with the specific issue.

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Avi Samuel

My thought is this has to do with "increasing volume & intensity" at right pace to match one's body's recovery ability. 

It's akin to the CrossFit push till you puke versus, Do not train to failure.

The way people stay up all night in high school, college & do not sleep and eventually the Body crumbles and has to play catch up. Been there done that. 

The body will adapt & grow, with the RIGHT (amount, variety, quality - varying person to person) stimulus - and will Crumble with "EXCESSIVE" stimulus. 

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