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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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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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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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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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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!

The Posturepro Team
Changing Lives

 


 

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Oculomotor asymmetry

Posturology and Scoliosis


What are the neurophysiological basis of the current treatments of scoliosis? There is no basis in neurophysiology for the treatments of scoliosis.  The treatment for scoliosis is purely symptomatic and is addressed with the wear of either a tutor, brace or surgery (Harrington rod). Scoliosis, which is an abnormal curvature of the spine, typically curves into a ‘C’-shape or ‘an S’-shape which can be identified by looking at the back. Since your back is curved and you tend to tilt to one side or one of your shoulders could be lower than the other, a common question pops up, “If I have poor sitting posture where I tend to lean on something, will I develop scoliosis?”.

The short answer is no.  Scoliosis does not come from any types of sports involvement, backpacks, sleeping positions, or minor leg length differences.  The most common form of Scoliosis is Idiopathic Scoliosis, which basically means cause unknown.  That means that researchers do not know what causes scoliosis.

For Posturologists, scoliosis is a pathology of the postural system.  The scapular and pelvic girdles are the buffer systems of posture and in many cases of scoliosis it seems that they have stopped playing their buffer roles at the level of the spinal cord.

Here is what we know about scoliosis;

-We do not know at what age it starts

-It is more frequent with females  (9 women for 1 man)

-If it starts before puberty it will always be a significant scoliosis

-If there is a genetic factor, the subject will have more changes of developing scoliosis than others.

-Anyone can have scoliosis

-Scientists have never identified a specific gene for scoliosis.

A recent study done by FOURNIER demonstrated that in 254 cases of scoliosis all had an ocular participation.  I think that it is interesting to note that there is no known cases of scoliosis in children that are born blind (DUBOUSSAIS).

Posturology have allowed us to demonstrated that scoliosis could be separated into two groups; the first group is where the pelvis is excluded from the scoliosis participation and the second group where the pelvis is participating in the scoliosis process.

Shown in the  below picture;

- The iliac crest does not have the same orientation;
- The Shenton lines are asymmetrical;
- And the obturator foramen  do not have an identical form.

Force plates have allowed us to measure the postural peaks of excluded and included pelvis. It is well known and understood in Posturology  that the treatment protocol with patients with scoliosis will be treated differently from the first group to the second.

-In the first case where the pelvis is participating, subjects react better to treatment, should be it through corsets, rehabilitation or techniques of postural reprogramming. With included pelvis, the Deriver de Fourier show an abnormal peak between 0.2 to 0.6.  The more important the peaks, the worse the scoliosis.

Scoliosis with included pelvis

-In the second case where the pelvis is not participating, subjects do not  react well to stretching methods.  On force plates the  Deriver de Fourier show abnormal vestibulo-spinal reflexes and peaks between 0.2 and 2,  which suggests that there probably exists a proprioceptive non-maturity.

Scoliosis with excluded excluded pelvis

When looked at in the frontal plane, subject with excluded pelvis show uneven lateral shifts of the head and thorax. Scoliosis cases with excluded pelvis are the most serious, they have the most evolutive nature in our series and are the most difficult to treat

 

Excluded-pelvis

Some authors such as Duval Beaupere believed that at the end of puberty scoliosis increased and stabilized itself.  We now know that this is untrue.  Scoliosis will continue to evolve between 0.5 to 2 degrees per year, which is the equivalent to 10 degrees over 20 years (0.5%) and 40 degrees (2%).

In term of proprioceptive maturity and scoliosis we have put a hypothesis that permits us to understand why anyone can develop scoliosis, and why subjects with heredity of scoliosis, have more changes of developing it.

-The first hypothesis is; if an asymmetry of ocular motricity (lack of convergence) of one eye exists before the age of 7 ½, there will be a delay in proprioceptive maturity and anyone can develop scoliosis.

-The second hypothesis is; only the subjects who have a heredity in proprioceptive maturity  could develop scoliosis after the age of 7 ½,  if an asymmetry of ocular motricity exists. These two hypotheses explain why it is possible for anyone to develop scoliosis before the age of 16 ½.

 

TREATMENT

1) The first treatment is Postural Recalibration ;

2) A brace should be worn for scoliosis above 35 degrees, if posture is not corrected the brace will not work well with excluded pelvis ;

3) Proprioceptive reeducation (scoliosis with excluded pelvis should NOT be stretched)  ;

4) In the future, if we are able to make the  difference between those two types of scoliosis, we will probably find a gene pathology that induces proprioception problem, with the possibility of doing prevention though Postural Recalibration and proprioceptive reeducation.

CONCLUSION
Posturologists can make valuable diagnosis and offer meaningful treatment of postural dysfunction in patients with Scoliosis. .  Force plates have shown a disappearance of abnormal peaks on the Derivier de Fournier with Postural Recalibration.  As part of a comprehensive approach to managing scoliosis, Posturologists evaluated the foot, eye, skin and bite for sensory and neuromuscular patterns of dysfunction that can be alleviated by non-surgical/non-brace treatments. In both cases of scoliosis (included or excluded) postural recalibration and proprioceptive rehabilitation are advisable.

The Posturepro Team
Changing Lives

 


 

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Body-Alignment

Body Alignment

The practice of posturology focuses on a set of elements in our bodies that together play a role in our alignment. Think about the position of your body and the way that you constantly push against gravity to stand in an upright position. Standing up may seem like a simple movement; however, the decisions to stand up, and stay up, send out signals throughout the body to keep you in a balanced upright position. If one of the areas receiving a message is injured or malfunctioning, the entire alignment of the body can be skewed or misaligned and therefore the basic functioning of the body can become difficult and/or painful.

In order to understand how Posturology works, it is important to understand the basics of how the human body preserves stability. External receptors, such as our eyes, ears, and skin, allow us to locate ourselves within our environment. Together with our internal receptors, the involuntary regulators of our bodies’ homeostasis, our brains send out messages to the muscles that are needed to perform desired actions. If any of our external sensors are malfunctioning or are in misaligned positions, our posture can be affected and pain can become present. Sometimes, the source of our pain is not simple or obvious and once our bodies have adapted to functioning with a disturbance, our entire bodies become pathologically imbalanced. Posturology aims to correct the errors present at the receptors’ sites to return the body to its proper equilibrium.

A “normal” posture is desirable for many reasons. As stated, a disturbance in one’s posture can affect the efficiency of certain parts of the body. “Normal” posture ensures that yours bones are where they are supposed to be and that you aren’t putting excess pressure in any areas. Your posture affects your mood, your sleeping patterns and your basic ability to function. A disturbance in your posture is a disturbance in your quality of life.

Posturology can help with cervical pain, back pain, osteoarthritis, scoliosis, pain in the lower limbs, numbness, migraines and fibromyalgia (to name a few). All of these disorders or symptoms can be directly related to a postural error. Certain postural positions affect the function of our muscles and limbs. Eventually, pain, stiffness, and decreased movement efficiency become present, and depending on the cause, any of the aforementioned disorders or symptoms become present. Without proper treatment, these symptoms or disorders can become chronic.

Posturology is responsible for allowing thousands of individuals to live happy and pain-free. Thankfully, Dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors and sports therapists are among the students that have adopted the Posturology practices are spreading their knowledge to others and popularizing Posturology as a successful method of pain-relief in both Canada and the United States.

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posture | Posturology | Posturepro

Posture and Sports Performance

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.

The study of posture offers a great deal of information on health as well as many therapeutic possibilities. Posturology will help you eliminate the limitations associated with aging by reversing the degeneration process and 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.

Therapist often find postural patterns of tilt, rotation, flexion, extension, projection and obliquity during the initial assessment phase of a Therapy treatment. The accompanying painful forces of compression, torque, and shearing in the body are frequently the basic pain causing factors at work in a pain syndrome. With the other pain mechanisms of ischemia, trigger points, nerve entrapment and nerve compression playing secondary roles over time in the natural history of the patient’s pain. Often a history that has gone untreated because the therapist simply does not look at the patient in a truly scientific manner. With Posturology, we use observation, measurement, and science to help educate our patients to the sources of their pain.

 

 

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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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Eye ex.

Eye Convergence | How to use the magnet and do the eye exercises with a client

Why are eye exercises important

If you want to look at someone’s brain and the function of the brain; look at their eyes!  The eyes are a direct conduit into the brain.  The eyes are formed from brain tissue.  To have good “eye function” will actually improve good “brain function”.The eye is not only an element of vision, it is also (with the foot) one of the most important receptors of the postural system. This has been confirmed by all of the neuroscientific work done in this field.

How to perform the eye exercises

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 30cm away from the root of the nose, move up in a clockwise direction (no higher than the forehead and no lower than the level of the eyes). The exercise should be done 1-2 times a day for 90 seconds, before 5pm.

These eye muscles are treated with a magnet and eye exercises. The magnet is to be worn over a muscle called Rectus Lateralis. This muscle is located on the outer part of the eye and, when tight, does not allow the eye to converge (move inwards). It is the main culprit in a lack of convergence. The magnet actually calms the muscle down to allow better convergence and to equalize overall muscle tension.

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