Incontinence Stories

Incontinence Stories

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Trista introduced me to the Hypopressives method about 2 years ago. As a pelvic floor physiotherapist I see a lot of interesting new ideas for pelvic floor rehabilitation on a regular basis. What impressed me about the hypopressive method is that it was based on sound bio-mechanical principles. The program is exercise based and does not require participants to buy any devices or products.I base my practice on educating clients about their conditions and I focus on teaching them the skills they need to be able to care of themselves. The hypopressive method woks in very well with this philosophy as it is based on education and teaching clients exercises that they can do independently. I have found that the exercises help clients integrate pelvic floor muscle activation with core muscle strengthening in a way that is effective at reducing adverse pressure on the pelvic floor and core. The principle of decreasing abdominal and pelvic pressure while activating the muscles helps to decrease the prolapse of pelvic organs and improve the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence.Working with Trista has been a pleasure as she is dedicated to her practice and her clients well being. She is committed to excellence and the clients I have referred to her always remark upon her enthusiasm and strong sense of compassion.

Kathleen Shortt Clinic Owner, In Balance Physiotherapy, BScPT, FCAMT June 5, 2016

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When I saw Trista Zinn via Skype for my initial assessment, my abdominal muscles and my core muscles were very confused. In short, I was gripping with the upper part of my abdominal wall and  pulling my belly in with  the bottom half of my abdominal wall being away for an extended vacation of 20 + years. Of course the side effect of this was not managing my abdominal pressure and running to the washroom before ,during and after every physical activity.

Almost a year later, I understand how to let my abdominal muscles relax by activating  my diaphragm and the rest of my foundational core muscles.  The result has been that I can now use the breathing techniques I learned from Trista to support my spine. Over this past summer, I was able to go on longer bike rides ( 50-80 km) with no resulting hip or back pain.  By following a regular hypopressive exercise routine in my life, I understand how to safely  load my spine during a  weight lifting program.  And I am in control of that whole bathroom thing.

Learning the hypopressive technique and practicing it for myself has led to me to teach the technique to other women in my practice as a pelvic health physiotherapist. It is a whole body technique that can allow patients to connect with their postural and respiratory muscles,  and build their own confidence in reclaiming their physical goals.

As a woman and a pelvic health physiotherapist, I am delighted to have the Hypopressives techniques in my tool kit to enhance the active lifestyle of my patients and myself.

Denise Hollway, Physiotherapist
BSc. PT, MSc. Rehabilitation Research

December 6, 2019