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Posturologist Spotlight – Brant Amundson

Posturologist Spotlight March 2013

BrantPosturepro is proud to present our Posturologist Spotlight.  Every month we will promote a Posturologist that has completed our Posturepro International Posturology Program (P.I.P.P) to accommodate our clients in North America who are seeking Posturology treatments.

Brant Amundson is located in New York City and has completed our Posturology International Posturology Program in 2010.  Today, he is one of the most experienced Posturologist located in NYC. Hear what he has to say about it.

I’m a lifelong athlete and a fitness professional with 25 years of experience. The enhancement of human physical performance is a passionate pursuit for me. It began with weight training in grade school and evolved into earning certifications in Personal Training, Muscle Activation Techniques, Pilates Instruction and Posturology.

It is my experience with Posturology that is the most rewarding and healing. Posturology gives me the ability to dramatically and positively affect the four main sensors in the body that dictate posture. And make no mistake, everything we do in life from reading to running is affected by our posture. If the posture is unbalanced then the body will have to compensate through every single activity. These compensations lead to wear and tear on the body and ultimately pain and injury.

With Posturology I’ve been able correct several postural imbalances in my body that were causing me constant pain and discomfort. As a result I can get through my day without pain. I’ve even been able to start running again for the first time in 12 years. I’ve also been able to dramatically help my clients. I work with people suffering from Parkinson’s and stroke, who have greatly improved their gate. Others I’ve worked with have overcome myriad issues from sciatica and shoulder pain to whiplash and plantar fasciitis.

Posturology is preventative, progressive and profound. it is the foundation of human health and fitness. Make it part of your transformation.

Brant can be reached at:

www.musclemechanic.com
150 West 28th Street #904 NY NY 10001 917.656.1987

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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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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

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!

The Posturepro Team
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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

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.

The Posturepro Team
Changing Lives

 


 

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