Is abdominal hypopressive technique effective in the prevention and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction? Marketing or evidence from high-quality clinical trials?

  title={Is abdominal hypopressive technique effective in the prevention and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction? Marketing or evidence from high-quality clinical trials?},
  author={Sa{\'u}l Mart{\'i}n-Rodr{\'i}guez and Kari B{\o}},
  journal={British Journal of Sports Medicine},
  pages={135 - 136}
In the late 1940s, Arnold Kegel first described pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) to prevent and treat pelvic floor dysfunctions such as urinary incontinence (UI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Several systematic reviews and Cochrane reviews conclude that there is level 1A evidence for prevention and treatment of PFMT for UI1 and POP.2 Despite the strong evidence for PFMT for these conditions, several other exercise regimens have been proposed and advocated to manage UI and POP… 

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  • 2020
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Pelvic floor muscle and transversus abdominis activation in abdominal hypopressive technique through surface electromyography

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