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

The Posturepro Team
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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 and pain

Posturology allows you to live in the possible

Posturology 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. Posturology will get you back on track to living with an active, healthy body.

Here is this week’s testimonial:

Annette,
After leaving your place the first thing I noticed was that everything I looked at was brighter (Colors, textures, light). I have experienced this before after my neck has been adjusted by my chiropractor. But the difference between the two is that this effect only last two or three minutes after being adjusted, whereas Posturology’s effect is long-lasting.

The following is a list of things that I was able to do yesterday which I had not been able to do for many years without adverse consequences.

-Unscrew lids from jars
-Open windows, freezer door
-Drive without using a baseball grinding my back
-Drive without bracing my hips with the SI joint belt
-Bend
-Dice vegetables
-Stretch beyond arms’ reach
-Sit without multiple pillows cradling my sacrum
-Load/unload the dishwasher

I could write much more but I think this gives you an idea of my transformation.
This morning I woke up with what felt like a new body. Everything below my head was pain-free. I had a tension headache and an aching jaw…certainly confirms your diagnosis/evaluation that my jaw is problematic.
My husband and I are astounded.

We are looking forward to learning more about how to continue to improve our lives, and the lives of our children, through Posturology.

Thank You!

-Gilliann

 

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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).

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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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Cavernous Angioma

Optimizing Neurological Input

There are several areas in the brain that work together to coordinate movement and maintain body balance. This complex system relies on optimal performance in each component to enable someone to control his or her motor skills efficiently. If the cerebellum, for example, is damaged, a person may not be able to stand upright, especially with feet closed and eyes together. The cerebellum is mainly responsible for motor control, as well as coordination, balance, and posture. Any disease that affects the cerebellum can affect someone’s ability to walk properly and/or stand without falling over.

At Posturepro, we treated a patient with a condition called cavernous angioma. Cavernous angioma is characterized by malformations of blood vessels in the brain. These malformations are at risk of rupturing and causing hemorrhages in the brain. Surgery is most often recommended when the hemorrhages occur near or within the brainstem since the area is full of cranial nerves that are essential for motor skill.

Brain surgery involves many risks. Since the brain controls our voluntary and involuntary functions, any defect can dramatically affect our lives. After brain surgery, many patients are left with the inability to speak, see, or hear. Others develop motor or sensory disabilities or sometimes the inability to walk unassisted. Surgery for cavernous angioma, for example, is only recommended if the side effects of the malformation or hemorrhage outweigh the side effects that could result from surgery.
If a surgery is successful and does not cause any further side effects, the patient is still at risk of losing their balance. In Posturology, we understand that the skin plays a vital role in our postural balance. A scar left untreated on the skull can affect the jaw and eye and neck muscles causing further postural decompensation and instability.

Our patient, with cavernous angioma, came to see us for his instability issues. As a result of his condition, the patient was unable to stay in a balanced upright position or walk without swaying. After postural corrections we were able to see a notable difference in his stability and balance. By treating his surgical scar, as well as correcting his feet, eyes, and jaw, we witnessed a remarkable improvement in his ability to stand upright without falling. With the recommended minimum of one year of postural recalibration, our patient may be able to eliminate his instability issues permanently, and hopefully improve his quality of life.

The Posturepro Team

Changing Lives

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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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Asthma

Asthma and First-Rib Blockages

Asthma

Asthma

First rib blockages are extremely frequent and can be a cause of asthma. Many first- rib blockages may have been present at birth. Indeed the techniques used by obstetricians to release the baby’s shoulder could be a cause.Powerful muscles inset into the first rib notably the scalene medius and scalene anterior which insert in the scalene tubercle.

At this level upward forces are powerful compared to those exerted at the level of the intercostal muscle that uphold the ribcage. The first rib inserts on the sternum via the first costal cartilage and it’s head articulates with the dorsal vertebrae. This is the weak point. The slidest disturbance in this hinge zone could effect a subluxation of the first rib.

 

Scalenes

Generally this blockage is accompanied by a C7/T1 blockage with lateral deviation of the vertebral spinous process to the right. If this is not the case, the patient presents an exhalation blockage on the other side.

First-rib-lesion on the right side

 

After-Postural-recalibration

After-Postural-recalibration

First rib lesions scan have a linked effect via the stellate ganglion which branches off towards, esophagus, larynx, thyroid, jugular vein, carotid artery, cranial nerves, and higher formations including epiphysis (which secretes melatonin). Branches of the descending sympathetic chain stem towards the thorax, cardia of the stomach and intra-abdominal viscera.

stellate ganglion

stellate ganglion

The anatomy of the stellate ganglion sheds the light on the semiology of  asthma. Our predecessors infiltrated the stellate ganglion during asthma attacks. Asthma is the common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

It can be divided into 2 types:
-    Extrinsic: triggered by allergens.
-    Intrinsic: caused by extremes of feelings like laughing, crying, or contact with chemicals like cigarette smoke, aspirin, cleaning agents, or chest infection or exercises.

Either way, where posture comes into play is that breathing and getting air into the lungs is quite a mechanical feat.

The main muscle for breathing, the diaphragm, needs to contract fully to increase the volume of the thoracic cage in order for the lungs to fully fill up. Full contraction of the diaphragm necessitates optimal postural alignment of the thorax, the spine and the pelvis.

Diaphragmatic breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing

So now, imagine an individual with an anterior scapular plane. His shoulders are rounded and his abdominal muscles are shortened. How well do you think he breathes? How much do you think his diaphragm can contract?

Anterior Scapular Plane

Anterior Scapular Plane

I have seen significant change in my clinical work when studying the relationship between asthma and posture. With postural recalibration, as we are able to align the shoulders with the pelvis, we open up the rib cage and make it possible for the diaphragm to fully contract. This leads to an easier breathing cycle and more oxygen for cellular health. The end result is increased energy and vitality.

Neutral Scapular Plane

Neutral Scapular Plane

In summary: Vertigo, palpitation, cephalgias, colitis,  thoracic oppression, shoulder pain and asthma can all be linked to first rib blockages. I believe that, as we focus on the systemic causes and effect of asthma, proper treatment should include global postural reprogrammation in order to increase the mechanical leverage on breathing capacity!

Please visit this link for our seminars throughout North America

 

The Posturepro Team

Changing Lives

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Xavier and Parkinson’s disease

Posturology reduces the instability of patient living with Parkinson’s Disease

Posturology and Parkinson’s Disease for the last 15 years.

Xavier was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease fifteen years ago. The disease has mainly affected his equilibrium and as a result it has become extremely difficult for Xavier to walk without losing his balance.

Parkinson’s disease primarily affects the brain. It is a disorder characterized by degeneration in the central nervous system. The most visible symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremors, shaking and rigidity. Parkinson’s patients are typically described as unstable and slow-moving. The disease is often accompanied by sleeping difficulties and for some, a decrease in quality of life. The disease often becomes an impediment on daily routines and as a result certain patients may suffer from emotional issues.

Parkinson’s is also known to affect postural stability. In time, the disease begins to alter the structure of the body. The tremors, for example, which cause the muscles to continuously contract, increase muscle tone and can eventually cause joint pain. It is common for symptoms to appear on one side of the body therefore creating muscular asymmetries and eventually postural asymmetries.

Xavier came into my office regarding his instability and inability to walk without difficulty. When I first saw Xavier walking, his instability was very obvious. He walked very slowly and difficultly with a cane. He told me about his imbalance and how when he walks he continuously worries about falling over. He pleaded with me to help him with his instability.

I conducted a postural assessment on Xavier and noted several postural asymmetries. Using a podoscope to quantify his pedal stance, It was obvious that he was only putting pressure on the forefoot of his left foot, hence, affecting his gait pattern.

 

Results in one week

A week later and upon Xavier’s second visit the improvement in his walk was obvious. Xavier informed me that he experimented with walking without a cane while at home and determined that he was able to walk without it for several hours without fearing collapse. He no longer appeared to be falling over and is walking quicker and clearly with much more ease.The podoscope revealed increased pressure on the external edge and rear foot: an astonishing improvement!

 

Xavier told me how everyone close to him has noticed an improvement in his stability and how he hasn’t walked with such ease for over ten years. I will continually be monitoring his improvement and updating this site accordingly.

Please visit our YouTube channel to watch video testimonials by Xavier and another Parkinson’s patient, Diane, who now walks with less pain due to Posturology.

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Medical Conditions & Symptoms : Early Parkinson's Disease Symptoms and Posturology

Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms Significantly Reduced Using Posturology

Medical Conditions & Symptoms : Early Parkinson's Disease Symptoms and Posturology

Medical Conditions & Symptoms : Early Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms and Posturology

Posturology is a practice that is relatively new in North America. It has been practiced in France for many years. The basis of the practice is that our eyes, feet, jaw, and skin all play a role in the positioning of the body. Any imbalances can cause pain, muscular stiffness, and decreased movement efficiency. By correcting these imbalances, the pain that results can be eliminated.

Diane, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, came to see me regarding the pain in her feet that has resulted from her condition. After conducting a postural assessment, I determined that there were several postural imbalances that if corrected could lessen or eliminate her pain.

Diane left my office in tears, shocked by the decrease in pain that occurred in just one session. A tearful phone call came the following morning, and a dancing Diane came into my office two days later.
Generally, my patients have sought help from multiple doctors without seeing any results. They have wasted their time and money on techniques and prescriptions that do not seem to help.

I treated Diane using eye exercises, postural insoles, and addressing her pathological scar and was able to decrease her pain by over 50%. I know that posturology is effective in eliminating pain and I know that we can help many people.

Do not let your schooling get in the way of your education!

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Heels

High heels and what is the ideal height?

First and foremost it is essential for one to understand the physiology of the human body during gait. In normal gait, the rear foot attacks in a talus varus, uncoiling itself on the longitudinal arch of the 5th metatarsal and ending with the taking off with the big toe.
This is what is considered a “normal” gait pattern. When adding any height to the heel (calcaneum) we are modifying the uncoiling of the rearfoot on the forefoot.
By adding any small heel height under the calcaneus, this is likely to force the movement of the foot to run faster on the forefoot. The higher the heel height the shorter the contact time on the ground, as such, walking with high heels prevents the natural unfolding of the foot and therefore limits its amplitude. The step amplitude is reduced in proportion with the height of the heel, resulting in a forward shifting of body weight on the forefoot.

If a new gait pattern is adopted for over a period of ten month, all of the fascias of the lower extremity will have adapted to this gait pattern, affecting the overall posture and making it uncomfortable for the individual to walk barefoot. These are the patient that will claim that they feel more comfortable in heels rather than flat shoes. Posturologists refer to this adaptation as a fixated foot. The muscle will maintain this cycle of compensation up to four times the amount of the compensation.

It is advisable to promote the purchase of flat shoes without heel height in order to respect the physiology of your body in motion. Favoring a flat shoe does not mean that one must totally eliminate high heels, but rather alternating in the choice of shoes.

 

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