Updated: Apr 10
Hernias are a tear in abdominal fascia, which can allow organs to potentially pass through.
They occur in men and women, and can be in multiple different places within the abdominal wall.
Umbilical hernias can be associated with Diastasis Recti during pregnancy, where the abdominal wall and fascia are distended and ultimately tear.
People with Diastasis Recti are at higher risk for hernias.
But hernias can occur anywhere there is weakness or repetitive force in the abdominal region.
Hernias can be the result of surgery, pregnancy, a sudden force on the body, or repetitive force without enough abdominal support.
Can hernias heal on their own? It is not thought that hernias can heal once they have occurred.
Although many hernias can be compensated for with good breathing mechanics and core strength,
(Please note that some hernias do require surgery right away and strangulation of an organ requires immediate attention.)
That said, many hernias are created through poor mechanics and movement pattern dysfunctions. Therefore, many people are able to manage their hernia symptoms through core strengthening and avoid surgeries.
This also gets down to the underlying cause of their hernia in the first place, ultimately reducing the risk of developing another hernia after surgical repair has occurred.
I am always a fan of prevention! Prevent Diastasis Recti, prevent hernias, and prevent failed hernia surgery through great ongoing physical therapy!
So what do we do to manage hernias?
Manage Pressure In the Core System
Breathing is what creates pressure in the core. So we first have to look at breathing mechanics. I notice tat people who tend to have a flared rib cage often have more hernias.
Restoring proper breathing mechanics is the first step to managing a hernia.
Release Back and Shoulder Tension
People who have hernias also often have a lot of back and shoulder tightness. Tight muscles in these areas can affect breathing mechanics by pulling on the ribs.
Build Abdominal Strength
Once breathing mechanics and non-optimal forces on the ribcage have been resolved, we can start to build up abdominal strength.
We do this primarily by coaching good core activation technique and build up from small exercises to larger, more traditional core exercises like sit ups and planks.
Get The Help You Need
Remember, technique is everything when it comes to managing hernias through exercise rehabilitation. It's important you do not continue to move the same way as always, because that is exactly what caused your hernia in the first place.
If you are interested in preparing for hernia surgery, healing from surgery, preventing hernias, or managing your hernia without surgery, make sure you book your appointment today!