Sport Performance and Posturology

Sport Performance and Posturology

Whether you’re professional or amateur, playing tennis for fun, a member of a local rugby or football team, a triathlete or golfer, there is almost no doubt that your chosen sport is creating imbalances throughout your body…..and potential for injuries at a later date. Posturology holds the key to obtaining a sure-fire advantage in your game and preventing the likelihood of injury.

The simple solution is to correct your postural imbalances and muscle weaknesses, making you more powerful, balanced and co-ordinated. And not just building core strength with generic ‘one size fits all’ exercises but with an individually-tailored program that takes into account your chosen sport, any injuries and your personal strengths, weaknesses, goals and aspirations.

It’s so obvious and so important, yet few people will do it – and with that comes the risk of injury, pain and diminished performance.

We do not have direct control over individual muscles, only the movement. When we choose to move, the movement is organised by subconscious centres of the brain that do not contain individual muscle actions. Try to contract the biceps muscle without thinking of moving your arm and you can begin to appreciate how it works. What we sense is a feeling associated with that movement and not the muscle. We cannot know if an action lengthens, shortens or even uses a muscle, only that we have performed a movement we associate with the feel of it.

The subconscious and habitual nature of movement combined with a lack of attention to the activity means deviation from the natural pattern may go unnoticed. If we do not have an accurate account of how we execute a movement, we cannot be sure of correctly following the instructions of a coach.

From years of experience working with everyone from top-level international athletes to amateurs or club players, Posturology has proven these results:

-Increased power
-Added speed
-Greater control
-Improved flexibility
-Core strength
-Injury prevention

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Back pain and Posturology

Back pain and Posturology

What does science tell us about back pain? It all depends on the question asked in the scientific study! It’s important to understand the question because it ultimately directs the answer. If one is interested in understanding what structure is responsible for an individual’s pain, then the research will focus on specific anatomical parts capable of generating pain.

Entire models for both assessment and treatment of the low back have been developed following this line of questioning. Highly sophisticated imaging techniques and surgical procedures have been developed to address this question – “What is hurting?” This would be useful clinically if only one structure was responsible for an individual’s pain.

Unfortunately, multiple structures are often the problem and it is not possible to identify them individually. So we see diagnoses such as ‘non-specific low back pain’. In other words, the pain is not specific to any identifiable structure however, your low back pain is acknowledged.    Even if we did know what structure was responsible for the pain, this would not help us in treatment unless we wanted to cut it out or numb it with an anaesthetic – sometimes this is necessary but rarely is this all that is needed.

Every three years, the world’s leading academic researchers on low back and pelvic pain meet to exchange their latest insights and discoveries.  They present new studies, new theoretical concepts and engage in debates with each other.

Two thirds of all people in the industrial world suffer from debilitating back pain at least once in their lives.  Low back pain produces the largest health-related expense in our national economies.

Most bodywork practitioners have either their private philosophy – or share their particular school’s believe system – about what factors are causing this pathology, and about how to best treat or prevent it.

Orthopedic physicians tend to see the problem in the lumbar discs; visceral osteopaths tend to treat the viscera; manual therapists focus on adjusting the sacroiliac joint or individual vertebrae; physiotherapists tend to look for weak muscles, which need strengthening; their colleagues see the problem in tight muscles which need relaxation; yet others focus on psychological components, and so forth.

As contradictory as their assumptions often are, all of these approaches seem to have plenty of impressive case histories to back up their conclusions.

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. 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.
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.

So where do you go from here. Ask yourself this question – Do I truly understand my own muscle system and how I use this to support my low back and trunk?  Posturology will get you back on track to living with an active, healthy body.

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Dr. Peter Ferro DMD, speak of the benefits of Posturology and NMD

Posturology and Neuromuscular Dentistry share a common vision and objectives: They are both seeking the elimination of TMJ dysfunctions and its associated symptoms.

Both agree on an integrated model where the bite affects posture and where posture affects the bite.

Where we complement each other is that NMD focuses its analysis on the bite where as Posturology addresses the other receptors of the postural system that affect the alignment of the entire body, including the bite.

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