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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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Posturology

Why Posturology?

Many therapies address bits and pieces of how the physical body functions: techniques that relax muscles (massage therapy), techniques that adjust the joints (chiropractics, osteopathy), and techniques that tame down inflammation (physiotherapy).

All of these techniques (and many more can be included) forget to answer the most fundamental of questions: what is the physical body’s purpose? The answer is to fight gravity. The body, in terms of how it moves, answers two critical conditions: feet must be on the ground and eyes on the horizon. So what if your feet aren’t leveled? What if your eyes do not track properly? How can you sense your environment properly? How can you move efficiently? You can’t. Instead you will adjust accordingly and compensate at the cost of no longer fighting gravity efficiently.

Another disturbing question comes to mind. What if your physical therapist does not look at your base of support (your feet) and eyes muscles? Do you think he/she is looking at the big picture? Wouldn’t his/her approach be incomplete? The answer is yes.

Posturology allows us to evaluate the sensory entries that aren’t working optimally (foot, eye, jaw, scars) so that we can have an impact on your imbalances which are causing you pain. Many proprioceptive dysfunctions symptoms are taken by organic diseases and their classical treatment becomes a disaster because many doctors are ignoring these kinds of dysfunctions.

We live in a symptomatic era, where pharmaceutical companies make a killing off of your ignorance. Posturology is the medical science which studies the consequence on the proprioceptive system linked to wrong systematic body position. This dysfunction can affect all parts of the human body and a differential diagnosis must be done.

An aligned frame is the foundation for optimal movements of all joints. When joints move well, there is no need for muscle tension, arthritis, and the likelyhood for nerve compression is then reduced significantly. Through Posturology, we can address the mechanical factor by optimizing the function of the tendons, joints and skin so that your body can, in turn, help you contract muscles properly.The central nervous system is at the core of Posturology’s  focus. It is the missing link where all other therapies have failed.

Question is, what are you waiting for?

The Posturepro Team
Changing Lives


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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
or at education (at) posturepro (dot) net

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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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Changing Lives

 


 

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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).

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

The Posturepro Team
Changing Lives

 


 

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