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How To Perform Eye Exercises With Your Clients

An integral part of our workshops is to teach the practitioner eye testing as well as the corrections associated to it to correct the problem. The role of the Posturologist is to detect convergence disorders which involve the proprioception of the extrinsic ocular muscles.

Each patient is different and will require personalized examination as well as parameters and a rehabilitation program that are appropriate for his/her condition; esophoria cannot be treated the same way as exophoria.

The eye exercises, performed with your very own index (of the dominant side), serve to re-educate symmetrical movements and create a synergy between the right and left eye.

They are a fundamental part of the process as the magnet only sets the stage for the re-education to take place, via the eye exercises.

Start the eye exercise at 10cm away from the root of the nose, proceed in a  clockwise direction (in front of forehead).

The exercise should be done 3 times a day for 30 seconds each time.

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Headaches

Headaches and Convergence

Eye convergence insufficiency is a condition in which the eyes are unable to turn inwards when a person looks at a nearby object. This common eye condition affects approximately 8 out of 10 people worldwide.

We know that the eyes are a direct conduit into the brain and are formed from brain tissue. We also know that convergence disorders creates eye strain and fatigue. Could this be linked to migraines? We think so! The eyes can play a direct role in the occurrence, frequency and types of headaches you get.

We’ve all heard of hand/ eye coordination but rarely do we hear of  body/eye coordination.  Osteopathic lesions and subluxations encountered are often caused by the body adapting to a dysregulated sensor. As such, a convergence defect will immediately result in a homolateral tilting of the shoulder and pelvis.


Two week ago, a patient by the name of Sandye came into Posturepro’s office regarding her constant struggle with headaches. She remembers her headaches beginning at the age of three and as far as she is concerned, they have affected her life almost every day. Today she is a regular at the migraine clinic here in Montreal (Clinique de la migraine de Montréal). Her migraines come in cluster episodes and can last anywhere from a week up to a month.

Sandye has tried to take control of the problem by consulting many specialists and neurologists who have prescribed her everything from painkillers (verapamil, zomig) and cortisone shots to help alleviate the symptoms. All have failed! Up to date, Sandye has spent a grand total of $20,000 trying to fix her condition.

After correcting Sandye’s hypoconvergent eye and posture she has reported being free of headaches and impressive changes have been remarked with her overall convergence.  The aim of our treatment is to “workout” the oculomotor muscles, training both eyes to function symmetrically as opposed to individually.

 

Convergence defects probably account for a great number of idiopathic vertigo, and the fact of having perfect vision in no way eliminates the possibility of having a convergence disorder or heterophoria.  Posturologists are trained to identify convergence disorders and can cure up to 85% of migraines in just one consultation.

Disturbances of the eye can be divided into two groups. Primary and secondary causes.

Primary causes

  • Cranial traumas
  • Cervical sprains
  • Convulsion
  • Meningitis
  • Meningitic syndromes
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Certain auto immune disease
  • Spinal fractures
  • Fetal distress
  • Congenital hereditary disorders.

Secondary causes

  • Occlusion defects
  • Hepatitis
  • Antidepressants (tricyclic and non tricyclic).

If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, chances are that until now, you are a victim of an undetected convergence disorder.

  • Travel sickness
  • Headaches
  • Heaviness in head
  • Spinal Strains
  • Single joint pain
  • Short leg
  • Astenia
  • Memory problems
  • Decreased sports performance
  • Dysgraphia
  • Agoraphobia
  • Redness of the eye
  • Personality issues in children
  • Blurred vision
  • Diplopia
  • Epilepsy
  • Difficulty to focus on an object for a long period of time
  • Sensation of sand in eyes

 

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Feet

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
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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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Convergence Insufficiency – Often Misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD

Convergence Insufficiency – Often Misdiagnosed as ADD/ADHD

For success in school, children must be able to coordinate their eye movements as a team. They must be able to follow a line of print without losing their place. They must be able to maintain clear focus as they read or make quick focusing changes when looking up to the board and back to their desks. And they must be able to interpret and accurately process what they are seeing.

Unfortunately, about 20% of school-aged children struggle to read. Some of these children suffer from learning disabilities or dyslexia, the inability of the brain’s verbal language to accurately decode the connection between the word’s written symbol. However, a large portion of children struggling to read are not dyslexic at all; their processing skills are fine. It’s their vision that is interfering with their ability to read.

If children have inadequate visual skills in any of these areas, they can experience great difficulty in school, especially in reading. Children who lack good basic visual skills often struggle in school unnecessarily. Their “hidden” vision problem is keeping them from performing at grade level. Convergence insufficiency can cause difficulty with reading, which may make parents or teachers suspect that the child has a learning disability, instead of an eye disorder (oculomotor muscles).

How to detect an oculomotor asymmetry in your child

1- Extend your arm and look at your index finger.

2-Then, slowly bring it forward for your eyes to focus inward ( what we sometimes call cross-eyed).

3-You should be able to maintain focus to the root of your nose with both eyes.

If you see two fingers, it means that you are not able to stay focused on that same point. One of the eyeballs might be weak and moving out.

This can be a dysfunction of an eye “muscle”.

It is essential that a systematic screening program should be set up in schools and that training for GPs and pediatricians should be reinforced. As for ophthalmologists, they should make themselves familiar with these concepts so as to collaborate more closely with posturologists.
If you want to improve you child’s focus or brain function; have them do eye exercises!

 

For more information please contact us at 877.315.8489
or at education (at) posturepro (dot) net

 

The Posturepro Team

Changing Lives

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