Organs in place is one of the most misunderstood and often maligned exercises I've ever encountered. I was just defending OIP at another forum and thought I'd post a copy of my post here in case we have visiters or new T-Tappers who can't understand how this funny little exercise can pack so much punch.
I'd like to shed a little light onto the concept of "Organs in place".
It's not really about organs totally falling out of their places. It's more about postural changes along with the effects of years of gravity, intra-abdominal pressure and in some cases pregnancy.
First posture: As we age we have a tendency to assume a toe out stance (duck feet) and this will tend to pronate or roll the knees inward. This inward roll of the knees pulls the hips and tips the pelvis which is why we tend to have more back pain as we age. But more importantly to the matter at hand (Organs in place) it also encourages the contents of the abdomen to press forward due to the tip in the pelvis and the effect of gravity. This can be even more pronounced in women who have given birth one or more times.
Now muscle: The transverse abs is a sheath of muscle that literally holds your internal abdominal organs in place. Thatís its job. Itís also a muscle that canít be easily contracted through movement alone. Things that increase intra-abdominal pressure like sneezing or coughing or certain positions will cause it to contract. Itís a muscle that hasnít gotten much press until the last few years.
This muscle which is responsible for keeping your innards in place is the muscle that ďorgans in placeĒ targets. (The T-Tapp move half frogs also targets it.)
But please understand that weíre not talking about organs that have gotten mixed up and are sitting in a big old pile all in a jumble. Weíre talking about a transverse muscle thatís gotten flabby from childbirth and increases in intra-abdominal pressure and yes, increased fat stores all of which has allowed the abdominal organs to lean forward and to some degree drop because they are not being supported by the transverse abs. You can lose the fat, which will make the abdominal area smaller, but if you donít tighten up the muscle itís still going to bulge. Further more, if you do traditional ab work without tightening the transverse you can potentially make the bulge worse because traditional ab work increases intra-abdominal pressure which causes the belly to bulge out as you do your sit ups.
Organs in place works to at first temporarily move the organs slightly up and in so that your tummy lies flatter which will allow you to get more out of the exercises to follow. (Yes even standard crunches) The good news is that just as getting those organs back up and in allows the standard crunches to be more effective, the more effective crunches over time allow your transverse abs to get tighter (I really suggest half frogs to help this process along). This, over less time than you would think leads to a tighter flatter midsection.
Itís not magic itís just simple but anatomically solid rehabilitative fitness and that is what T-Tapp is all about. Helping the body help itself.
Cardiac Rehab RN
ACE Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist
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