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Postural Insoles: What’s the strory?

Foreword

One of the questions that I often get asked is: why doesn’t my doctor know about this? Most health-care practitioners are trained to treat one body part or condition at a time.

Doctors are trained to prescribe medication to hide or treat symptoms, while unfortunately sometimes ignoring the cause of the pain. Ophthamologists are interested in refraction disorders and in binocular vision disorders. Podiatrists are trained to cast the feet with pads that can go up to 2cm of thickness. Dentists work on the teeth and jaws without considering that the head is connected to a body, physical therapists  palpate, stretch, pull on muscles, completely oblivious to the fact that the sensitivity of a muscle is subservient to the information it is receiving from the voluntary (Pyramidal tracts) and involuntary system (Extrapyramidal system) and Chiropractics manipulates bones and subluxations which are influenced by postural asymmetries and constraints, as such, never really addressing primary subluxations.

Neurophysiology has progressed immensely over the last 100 years.  It is time that specialists realize that it is the relationship between the feet, eyes, jaws, inner ear muscle and skin that constitutes the Postural System.  It must be addressed as a whole!

Basic Principle

Humans are in contact with their environment mainly through their feet. The foot provides vertical stability and can adapt to any ascending or descending equilibrium. Once a compensatory pattern has been present for more than a year, the foot and the tissues (fasciae) of the lower extremity have adapted and are now in that compensatory pattern.


If the information coming from the base of support is uneven, it will have a direct impact on posture, muscle tension, motor output and muscle sensitivity resulting in a pathological postural adjustment that cannot be corrected by only working on a segmental level. The idea that these imbalances can be corrected through exercise, manipulation or palpation is misguided.

The Foot

The foot can decompensate posture in three ways; through the skin (by wearing wedges that are greater than 5mm), through the muscles (the sensitivity of the muscle spindles is affected through the mechanoreceptors), and biomechanically.


An articulacy constrain, such as a slight valgus (pronated) of one foot and a varus (supinated) on the other foot, will cause one side of the pelvis to rotate forward relative to the opposite side, affecting the entire kinetic chain.

The Skin

The skin is the largest organ in the body, it is the first thing that comes into contact with the world and with the ground.  The skin, is globally rich in mechanoreceptors and can relay information back to the CNS regarding pain, stretch, and pressure.  This is how you know whether you are walking on ice or on sand or on a rocky surface.


The skin of the foot just so happens to have a larger receptive field compared to the rest of the body.  It is also equipped with extremely precise skin receptors (mechanoreceptors) that are able to code changes in pressure or length variations up to 1/100th of a mm stretch (ruffini endings).



The Muscles

The muscle spindle is a sensory organ that can code changes in length and stretch and that can recognize variation in tension in the order of 3-24 grams of pressure (Messeiner). The tension of a muscle is under the influence of an voluntary and involuntary system. I think that it is interesting to note that the involuntary system is twice as numerous as the voluntary system and is unable to correct itself by itself, as it responds and executes commands of both voluntary and involuntary systems.  Strengthening exercises will help, but cannot remove the adaptation of the fascias, as such the foot will reinject the disequilibrium through ascending chains.

 

A thick pad greater than 5mm like classic orthotics will sensitize the Golgi receptors (threshold 200 grams) and trigger an inverse myotatic reflex.  This is the reason why the arch lift in classic orthotics increases every year and isto be worn for life.

Whereas a pad less than 3 mm (proprioceptive insoles) will trigger a stimulating effect of the synergetic muscles and modify the activity of the postural chains and balance them. This has been demonstrated by several studies: Magnusson-1999, André Deshays-1998, Thoumie- 1996, Diener-1984, W and Ching-1997

Postural Insoles: What’s the story?

The first thing you need to know is that researchers in Europe (Bourdiol, Bricot, Janin, Roll) have demonstrated that the skin of the foot reacts to different frequencies,  meaning that they were able to induce either a reflex and/or movement in an individual simply by stimulating the skin of the foot with a 90 Hertz frequency. This study was published in 1999 and it is from this very study that the postural insoles were born.

 

The postural insoles act on the skin, on the muscle and are bioenergetic. The postural insoles, contrary to classical insoles, do not aim to tilt the osseous bodies, rather, they trigger a stimulating effect of the flexor chains through reflex pathways.

Conclusion

Because the recalibration tools work with the nervous system, the speed at which the changes occur are very quick. We can see changes in alignment, stability and pain reduction up to 90% in the first consultation. Impressive results have also been seen in the case of serious neurological conditions such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkison’s Disease, Cavernous Angioma and Cerebral Palsy.   We believe the body to be one unit. We also believe that treating any one part of the body without looking at the system as a whole would be an ineffective strategy.
For more information please contact us at 877.315.8489
or at education (at) posturepro (dot) net

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New Kids on the Block

Introducing the New Kids on the Posturology Block!

Let’s give a warm welcome to our three newest fully certified Posturologists here in Montreal: Charles Couture, Bryan Goldsman and Andrew Lavigne. The three boys completed their level four Posturology workshops on Monday, October 1st, 2012.

Charles, Bryan and Andrew are the first official Posturologists to have completed the new and improved Posturology Internship designed by Annette Verpillot here in Montreal. Annette, who studied under Dr. Bricot in France, developed this four level internship to suit the needs of students. The addition of a Neuroscience chapter in the final workshop means that certified Posturologists can better understand, explain, and identify the relationship between muscles and the brain. Subsequently, Charles, Bryan and Andrew are official master Posturologists that are capable of treating muscular related physical ailments and increase strength performance in their patients.

In addition to being thoroughly qualified to perform postural assessments and correlations in order to alleviate any biomechanical imbalances that relate to pain or injury, the three boys are fully trained to identify and treat all postural deficiencies. We are excited that more people in the Montreal area will be able to be treated through Posturology and are confident that the three boys will help change many people’s lives for the better.

If you are interested in becoming a Posturologist, please consult www.posturologyeducation.com to learn about our workshops!

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Oculocephalogyric

Can scars affect your posture?

We live in this fast changing world where plastic surgery has become a trend, where procedures, such as liposuction, breast enlargements and face-lifts have become somewhat of the norm. Although these techniques can make you look and feel skinnier, younger, and prettier, they are only masking the effects and decompensation on the postural system.

Health and youth depend on how well you age. In order to age well, your postural system must be aging at the same rate. In other words, the faster your postural system ages, the faster your body will age.

Scars, for example, play an important role in pain management and biological aging. Scars can also be the cause of further compensation on top of an overcompensated body.

Why?

The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is equipped with very precise mechanoreceptors that can relay information instantaneously back to the CNS regarding pain, pressure, and stretching.

Skin mechnoreceptors
A surgical scar that never fully heals can become pathological and eventually override the CNS’s communication with the muscular system. Because of the way we are neurologically wired depending on where the scar is located, it can either have an inhibitory or contraction effect, and it can even promote weight gain.

How?

A scar can decompensate posture through different neurological highways. A pathological scar located on the neck can affect the jaw position, create tightness in the neck and deceompensate eye muscles (convergence).

Oculocephalogyric

A scar on the chest can bring about a forward displacement of one’s center of gravity. It can also affect shoulder flexion and overall muscular strength.

 

Scars on the chest

A scar from a C-section can cause metabolic dysregulation. The brushing of the clothes on the abdomen and scar causes a constant adrenalin secretion which may produce diverse side effects ranging from dystonia, spasmophilia, obesity, hypertension and orthostatic hypotension.

Scars and C-section

Solution

1. If the subject has a pathological scar, the first step is to reprogram the posture.

2. Once the postural is reprogrammed, essential oils should be applied to the scars three times a week (oils made up of helichrysum, rosewood, lavender aspic, and peppermint). The goal is to make the scar less hypertrophic and retracted by pinching, pulling and kneading part of the scar. Certain anesthetic creams can be used if the scar is too sensitive (Emla pomade).

3. Infra red laser treatment can also be used twice a week for the first six weeks of treatment, followed by once a week for the period of a year.

Conclusion

Pathological scars present an obstacle to reprogramming posture, but also to all other therapies, including reflexive therapies.  They may be the root to a wide range of pathologies and often a third factor allowing for the surfacing of chronic symptoms.

For more information about scars and how they affect the postural system, please contact us at 1-877-315-8489

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Posturology with Charles Poliquin

Posturology with Charles Poliquin

The goal of Posturology is to optimize neurological input to the central nervous system by stimulating the 4 key sensory receptors (feet, eyes, jaw and skin) of the postural system.

The central nervous system is often likened to that of a central processing unit (CPU) in a computer; the system that keeps everything in the computer ordered and working properly. When just one area of the CPU begins to malfunction, over time, the whole system begins to fail, usually ending in a system shutdown. No matter how often we “reboot”, we simply cannot get the system up and running optimally until we get to the root of the problem.

The central nervous system (CNS) operates much in the same way the CPU of a computer operates. It receives information, processes it and then sends out instructions to the body. If just one of the 4 keys sensory receptors is sending distorted information or shuts down it will, over time, have an impact on how the central nervous system processes and responds to that information. Only when we get to the root of the problem can we successfully achieve the results we desire for our clients.

Today, I had the honor of not only meeting, but treating Charles Poliquin, from Poliquin Institute, at our Posturepro office in Montreal.

In the words of Charles Poliquin, “I am enthused about having the PICP students learn Posturology to get better strength gains with their athletes and their clients.”

To learn more about Posturology visit our website at: www.posturologyeducation.com or email us directly at  info@posturepro.net

 

The Posturepro Team

Changing Lives

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Leg Length Discrepancy

Leg Length Discrepancy: Myth or reality?



One of the most frequently cited causes of biomechanical dysfunction is leg length discrepancy (LLD). This is a condition found in more than 33.3% of the population worldwide.

This alleged problem is widely discussed in medical literature and it is re assuring to know that the attitude of the medical profession towards the “shorter leg” has evolved over the years.

After neglecting this diagnosis for years, doctors started to prescribe heel wedges for every case of tilted pelvis, and routinely, their diagnosis rested on the observation of the posterosuperior iliac spine. Although the immediate results were good, in the long term, they were disappointing.

Realizing that something was amiss, orthopedic surgeons will tell you that there is no need to correct a “shorter leg” under 1.5 to 2cm. To think that dentists work on a precision of microns…One would hope, that precision in regards to LLD, is a must!

 

Leg Length Discrepancy Measurement
Disharmonic feet

The first thing to know is that all classical measures are false: pubis to malleoli, greater trochanter to malleoli or iliac crest to malleoli. An articulacy constrain, such as a slight valgus of one foot and a varus on the other foot, will cause one side of the pelvis to rotate forward relative to the opposite side.

To assume that a difference in leg length means that there is an actual difference in the length of the bones (femur and/or tibia) is most of the time a mistake. Most often what we are seeing is an apparent, or functional LLD. This is usually the result of disharmonic feet.

 

Leg Length Discrepancy and X-Rays
The orthogonal projection in X-Rays does not take into consideration the rotary pivot and the heights of the femurs. A simple articulary constraint (asymmetrical feet) can cause an X-Ray to show a difference of several millimeters. Unless you know for certain that the length of one of your legs is different than the other, you should be skeptical of shoe lifts as the first line of treatment for injuries.

 

What should be used?
The most accurate and reliable technique of measure is frontal teleradiography of a subject in the standing position.
The angle between the feet should be of 30 degrees. The angle of the radiography tube should be of 15 degrees. And the patient should not be pressed against the plate.
To be accurate, it should be performed at a distance of 4 meters away from the body by measuring the diaphysis of each bone.
If any doubts remain with respect to possible rotations. The measurements should be from the base of the greater trochanter to the inter-condylicus incisures. Unfortunately, it is rarely done this way.

 

What are the causes of Leg Length Discrepancy ?
Leaving aside genetic and traumatic factors, the two legs should grow symmetrically. To believe that the two legs could grow at different rates would suggest that there is two different types of growth hormones. In fact, asymmetries observed in growth period are linked to postural disequilibrium described in Delpeche’s law: “ Any increased pressure on a limb will slow the growth of that limb” the opposite is also true, “any decrease in pressure will stimulate growth”.

Leg Length Discrepancy and children
In children, most cases of short leg are linked to excessive pressure on the lower limbs caused by a postural disequilibrium. It is important to be aware of your child’s posture habits, as they could be creating an imbalance that will cause them grief in the future. The first thing to do is to reprogram the postural system. By inducing permanent equilibrium, asymmetrical pressure will be reduced. When in doubt, refer to a Posturologist near you.

 

Symptoms of leg length discrepancy:
1) Meniscus ruptures
2) Herniated disk DDD
3) Lower back pain
4) Coxarthrosis (exposure of the femoral head)
7) Hip pain, always on the side of the short leg.

The Posturepro Team
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