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Amalgam Fillings and Muscle Strength

What Your Dentist May Not Know.

Metal fillings have long been a controversial issue. In some countries metal fillings are banned. One of the issues that we do not hear about often is microgalvanisms. Micro what? A microgalvanism is an electrical current that can derive from a potential metal filling to something as simple as a piece of jewelry.

Amalgam Fillings

In the picture above, we are demonstrating a micro-current passing from an amalgam filling to a wedding band. This was measured with a multi-meter. The multi-meter determined the current to be as strong as 1136 milli-volts. This voltage is equivalent to a AA battery and has the potential of overriding the nervous system’s communication with the muscles.

We know that the nervous system functions at a current of anywhere between -100 mv volts and + 60 mv. Any metal in contact with the body creates an electrical current. The conductor is water (body). This electrical current can sometimes outweigh the current of your nervous system. The final effect is a decrease of communication between your brain, spinal cord and muscles.  As a result, muscles located between two pieces of metal can be in a state of chronic tightness and can sometimes link to loss of balance. Posturology brings light to this issue. By eliminating micro-currents, Posturology helps the body function more optimally.

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Money

The Postural Quiz

MoneyIf you find yourself spending thousands of dollars each year on different therapies and treatments to treat the symptoms of your pain, it might be time for you to consider discovering the cause.

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

If one of you top ten New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, take our quiz below to find out how Posturology can help you make use of your energy efficiently with an aligned posture.The benefits of a postural assessment is that it will help you determine which areas of your body need to be addressed.

We do not believe in managing symptoms. 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.
An aligned posture has many benefits. Our screening programs look at the two primary sensory receptors responsible for the way your brain organizes posture information:

• The skin of the feet tell your brain where your body is on the ground
• The eye muscles telegraph the position of the head to your brain

The central nervous system uses the information from all of these structures and properly set the desired resistance against gravity from the information received from feet and eyes.

Take this quiz to learn about how correcting your posture through Posturology can help you save money, and get to the cause of  your pain.

1. Do you fall asleep while watching TV?
2. When you look at yourself in the mirror, does it appear as though one of your shoulders is lower than the other?
3. Clothing: do you find that one of the legs of your jeans drags more than the other? Or if you wear suits, is each arm tailored differently?
4. When you look through pictures of yourself, do you find that your head is always tilted to one side?
5. Do you have any scars? (From surgery or injury?) Are they a different color than your skin? Does it feel different than your skin? Does it feel as if is raised?
6. Do your teeth come in contact throughout the day, other when you are eating?
7. When you open your jaw, do you hear a clicking sound?
8. Do you feel like your tongue is too big for your mouth?
9. Do you have any missing teeth? (From extractions)
10. Has your sports performance decreased? Or do you feel as though you’ve reached a plateau in your training?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you might be a victim of postural asymmetries and your postural system just might be compensating for this deficiency. Unfortunately, many people have feet that do not rest evenly on the ground and eyes that do not track symmetrically. When your feet are uneven on the ground, your entire body will be uneven. Similarly, asymmetrical eye tracking can result in head and shoulder tilts as your brain attempts to keep the eyes on a level plane. These sensory imbalances cause alignment issues with your body that affect a direct impact on joints, affecting the entire kinetic chain.

We recommend seeking the treatment of a Posturologist to determine the cause of your pain or asymmetry or to increase your sports performance. For more information about the components of the postural system please click here, or contact us at 877-315-8489 or education@posturepro.ca

Happy New Year!

The Posturepro Team
Changing Lives

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Birthing Process

Early Humans for Kids

The stages of life start from birth. It is this critical period in a child’s life that will set the stones for the rest of their lives.  The first step is the birthing process.

A mother who experiences difficulty at birth puts her newborn at risk of the possibility of the its head being molded unevenly while passing through the birth canal. Today, 75% of children are born with a misalignment of the eye axis. 

For newborns, having a head that is molded unevenly will have an impact on the entire cranium. This will in turn affect the eye level and the information being processed by the central nervous system (CNS).

If the CNS cannot harmoniously process sensory information from the environment (Exterocetive) to the body (Proprioception), the psychological construction of antigravitational posture of walking will be threatened, as well as the development of cognitive functions.

In children, a descending Postural Disequilibrium observed in the growth period is linked to many pathologies. A postural shift existing before the age of 16 ½ will engender an asymmetry of pressure in the lower limbs resulting in a true Leg Length Discrepancy.

What can be the main cause of birthing complications?

The answer is: an asymmetry of the mother’s pelvis.

I have treated many cases of young children that show signs of Postural Deficiencies affecting their posture and cognitive disorders. GP’s should take note of the affect of the birthing process on the child’s development.

In children, after the acquisition of upright posture and bi pedal walking, Postural Deficiency may occur by the impairment of spatial reference. This decreases referential vision in reference to proprioception to ensure balanced development of the posture of the body. Later, in the adolescence, these symptoms will manifest themselves through musculoskeletal disorders (scoliosis, back pain, etc).

How can an uneven head affect cognition?

It is usually during school years that disorders such as, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, hyperactivity, loss of interest, and attention deficit disorder, will appear.

•25% of all students cannot read due to vision skills deficits. ~ National PTA, 1999
•66% of illiterate adults cannot read due to vision skills deficits. ~ National Center on Adult Literacy
•70% of juvenile delinquents cannot read due to vision skills deficits. ~ CA Youth Authority, 1989
•90% of prison inmates cannot read due to vision skills deficits. ~ Folsom Prison Study
•Poor “basic skills” cost businesses sixty billion per year. ~ National Institute for Literacy

How can an uneven head affect sport performance?

Gravity forces of the foot act directly through aligned joints affecting the leg, hip and back.  As such 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. In time  these asymmetries will impact sport performance. The chance of injury is therefore increased. Addressing postural deficiencies is the only solution.

•Knee injury
•Herniated disk DDD
•Lower back pain  ~constitutes the third biggest health bill item in North America
•Coxarthrosis (exposure of the femoral head)
•Hip pain

Conclusion

Although your child is perfectly healthy today, if you had birthing complications, chances are that problems may occur in later stages of life. The most important period of Ontogenesis is between the age of 0-9 months.

Solution

Address the mother’s pelvis before she gives birth. This will prevent the child head from passing through the canal asymmetrically and therefore prevent the newborn from being a victim of postural deficiencies from birth.

For a list of Posturologists near you or for more information please contact us at 877.315.8489 or info@posturepro.ca

 

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Muscle strength

Can posturology make you stronger?

Strength Training

If you long believed that strength takes time to built, you have been mislead. There are different methods available to built strength through training programs but never do they speak of how posture can affect your strength gains.  Through Posturology we have been able to have our athletes break their strength records and increase their strength up to 32% in just one consultation. If you are looking to maximize your strength gains then Posturology might just be what is missing in your training regiment.

The tools

Handgrip strength testing has long been used as a tool to measure overall power and strength of muscles. Doctors, physical therapists, scientists and many other healthcare practitioners use it in clinical assessments. This is because muscular strength is very important when it comes to health and longevity.

The results

At Posturepro’s clinic, we used the dynamometer to see if we could increase a young soccer player’s overall strength. After postural corrections, the test showed that his strength increased by a whopping 26%. We are confident that his overall sports performance will be impacted and we expect a decrease in his chances of injury.

Why Posturology?

If you are looking to increase strength performance with your athletes then Posturology a great tool to add to your arsenal. Although postural imbalances are very common, they are not ideal for your body to function optimally. Humans are genetically wired to function symmetrically so that the body can move easily through space to conserve energy. Postural imbalances work against this goal and create mechanical blockages that can impact strength.

 

What is Strength?

Strength, in simple terms, is neurological output. It is electrical. It is a state that is dependent on connectivity between the executors (CNS – brain) and the effectors (muscles). In the frontal plane, a tilted shoulder compresses the brachial plexus, which in turn affects the motor output of the shoulder and arm muscles. Simply put, this imbalance can impact how much strength a muscle can develop. This invariably affects performance in key exercises, such as the bench press.

 

For example: a rotated pelvis in the transverse plane can predispose the gluteus muscles to inhibition thereby greatly affecting the amount of resistance used in an exercises like the squat.

How do we correct the foot?

A thin postural insole (not an orthotic) is used to stimulate the skin at the center reflex zone of each foot. This creates a more even foot stance on the ground and enables each foot to send the same information to the brain. Ultimately, this will also create a level pelvis and level shoulders.

Conclusion:

Postural imbalances can affect the capacity of muscles to create joint movements. In order to get stronger and faster, postural corrections must be addressed. As far as sport performance goes, there is no doubt that Posturology is the missing link. It can make the difference between being a good athlete or making it to the Olympic level.

For more information, feel free to contact me at info@posturepro.ca or call me at 877.315.8489

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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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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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Body-Alignment

Body Alignment

The practice of posturology focuses on a set of elements in our bodies that together play a role in our alignment. Think about the position of your body and the way that you constantly push against gravity to stand in an upright position. Standing up may seem like a simple movement; however, the decisions to stand up, and stay up, send out signals throughout the body to keep you in a balanced upright position. If one of the areas receiving a message is injured or malfunctioning, the entire alignment of the body can be skewed or misaligned and therefore the basic functioning of the body can become difficult and/or painful.

In order to understand how Posturology works, it is important to understand the basics of how the human body preserves stability. External receptors, such as our eyes, ears, and skin, allow us to locate ourselves within our environment. Together with our internal receptors, the involuntary regulators of our bodies’ homeostasis, our brains send out messages to the muscles that are needed to perform desired actions. If any of our external sensors are malfunctioning or are in misaligned positions, our posture can be affected and pain can become present. Sometimes, the source of our pain is not simple or obvious and once our bodies have adapted to functioning with a disturbance, our entire bodies become pathologically imbalanced. Posturology aims to correct the errors present at the receptors’ sites to return the body to its proper equilibrium.

A “normal” posture is desirable for many reasons. As stated, a disturbance in one’s posture can affect the efficiency of certain parts of the body. “Normal” posture ensures that yours bones are where they are supposed to be and that you aren’t putting excess pressure in any areas. Your posture affects your mood, your sleeping patterns and your basic ability to function. A disturbance in your posture is a disturbance in your quality of life.

Posturology can help with cervical pain, back pain, osteoarthritis, scoliosis, pain in the lower limbs, numbness, migraines and fibromyalgia (to name a few). All of these disorders or symptoms can be directly related to a postural error. Certain postural positions affect the function of our muscles and limbs. Eventually, pain, stiffness, and decreased movement efficiency become present, and depending on the cause, any of the aforementioned disorders or symptoms become present. Without proper treatment, these symptoms or disorders can become chronic.

Posturology is responsible for allowing thousands of individuals to live happy and pain-free. Thankfully, Dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors and sports therapists are among the students that have adopted the Posturology practices are spreading their knowledge to others and popularizing Posturology as a successful method of pain-relief in both Canada and the United States.

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Postural Insoles

Orthodics Vs Postural Insoles

Fallen arches are referred to technically as valgus, and the degree the arches fall is based on a scale of one to three. A rating of three is the most severe and fulfills the classic definition of flat feet. Why is having fallen arches a bad thing? “The first problem is that your base of support is not the same. A valgus foot causes internal rotation of the lower limbs, and this faulty alignment increases the risk of ankle strains, sprains and knee injuries. Also, this rotation increases the risk of lower back injuries because it increases the curvature of the lower back. Excessive lumbar curvature increases muscular tension in the lower back and increases the risk of disc injury because the spine loses much of its shock-absorbing ability – it’s basically bone on bone.

Subtalar joint, flat feet, orthodics, postural insoles

Particularly for gymnasts and figure skaters, their effectiveness is compromised if
foot problems are not addressed first. Treating flat feet consists of two major components:

1. the use of postural insoles and
2. specific strengthening and stretching exercises for the muscles that support the arch.

Flat feet are increasingly common among today’s athletes because of, interestingly enough, higher-quality shoes. “Shoes decrease the sensitivity of the skin on the bottom of the foot, and the nerves in the skin are one of the major sources of postural information to the brain the arch of the foot was not meant to be in constant contact with a surface.

Shoes with insoles that press against the bottom of the arch cause a reflex reaction that causes the arches to collapse even further – in effect, they cause the muscles of the arch to become lazy. The same problem applies to orthotics.”

Postural insoles will cause the arch to reform by stimulating several muscles
of the feet (especially the adductor hallucis, flexor digitorum longus and
brevis) and thereby cause the arch to reform. With many of my clients the insoles can often completely resolve valgus feet so that orthotics may not be necessary at all.

As for weightlifting and weight training exercises such as squats, I recommend that athletes who have valgus feet wear Postural insoles in their weightlifting shoes, if a person with flat feet squats, they often lift their heels up right away because their subtalar and talus joints are internally rotated. Because weightlifting shoes have a 5/8-inch heel lift, they will tend to realign these two joints and as such will allow them to squat deeper.

As for a general guideline about buying shoes, unfortunately you often don’t get what you pay for. Research has shown that the shoes with the most padding have been found to place the most stress on the body, so often the most expensive pairs of shoes
are often the worst shoes for athletes.

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Posture and Sports Performance

When the structures of the human body are not symmetrical (asymmetrical) or aligned, our posture is distorted and this often gives rise to the pain mechanism of postural distortion. When our walking or gait pattern is not even and smooth, but tilted or jerky, this often gives rise to the pain mechanism of dysfunctional biomechanics.

The study of posture offers a great deal of information on health as well as many therapeutic possibilities. Posturology will help you eliminate the limitations associated with aging by reversing the degeneration process and identifies the important conditions of balance and off-balance for a human being in the symmetry and alignment of the body.

To live without discomfort and pain, balance is best maintained by having a body that is symmetrical – close to the same size, shape, and appearance on both sides of the body midline. And a body that is structurally aligned in the front, back, and side positions when viewed against the gravitational reference of plumb and grid lines.

Therapist often find postural patterns of tilt, rotation, flexion, extension, projection and obliquity during the initial assessment phase of a Therapy treatment. The accompanying painful forces of compression, torque, and shearing in the body are frequently the basic pain causing factors at work in a pain syndrome. With the other pain mechanisms of ischemia, trigger points, nerve entrapment and nerve compression playing secondary roles over time in the natural history of the patient’s pain. Often a history that has gone untreated because the therapist simply does not look at the patient in a truly scientific manner. With Posturology, we use observation, measurement, and science to help educate our patients to the sources of their pain.

 

 

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Can Posturology Help Your Golf Swing?

Many golfers overlook their posture. Rather than take the time to see that their weight is properly distributed at address, or that they have the right amount of forward tilt, they set up to the ball quickly and carelessly and simply let it fly.

If this is your preshot pattern, slow down! You need to pay more attention to your posture. If you don’t, you’ll have a hard time maintaining your balance and keeping the club on the desired swing path. On the other hand, the better your posture is, the more likely you are to move everything properly during the swing, and thus build clubhead speed and power.

Proper posture and good eye alignment are two of the most important elements of a consistent putting stroke.
Eye exercises can immediately benefit the everyday golfer and widespread performance breakthrough in putting.
The phenomenon of poor eye convergence affects nine out of ten people, and comes into play primarily in putting and chipping because your eyes look straight down at the ball. When you line up a putt from behind the ball, your eyes level to the horizon, you’re fine.
Naturally, the tendency is to help your weaker eye, you do that by adjusting your head to bring it more into play.

The problem is worse late in the day when your eyes begin to tire, and for tour players it’s almost always worse on Sunday, after a long week of eye strain.

If you’re like most people, your head will move downward as the pen moves toward you, an instinctive movement that makes sighting the tip of the pen easier. By the way, this is proof that we adjust our posture to accommodate our eyes. It is important to keep your head absolutely steady as you conduct the test. When the tip of the pen nears your face, one eye is apt to turn slightly inward to follow the pen, and the other will stop moving or even turn outward in a Marty Feldman-like position. That proves your eyes aren’t converging properly, and chances are you’re misaligning your shoulders when you putt.

When you’re under stress, you experience a limbic brain response. The fight-or-flight mechanism that results just takes over, and you forget how to execute. Eye exercise heightens cognitive brain function and calms you down. A painless exercise with no heavy lifting, the promise of more putts holed and better control over your emotions. Now that’s the kind of workout routine golfers have been looking for!

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