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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 with Charles Poliquin

Posturology with Charles Poliquin

The goal of Posturology is to optimize neurological input to the central nervous system by stimulating the 4 key sensory receptors (feet, eyes, jaw and skin) of the postural system.

The central nervous system is often likened to that of a central processing unit (CPU) in a computer; the system that keeps everything in the computer ordered and working properly. When just one area of the CPU begins to malfunction, over time, the whole system begins to fail, usually ending in a system shutdown. No matter how often we “reboot”, we simply cannot get the system up and running optimally until we get to the root of the problem.

The central nervous system (CNS) operates much in the same way the CPU of a computer operates. It receives information, processes it and then sends out instructions to the body. If just one of the 4 keys sensory receptors is sending distorted information or shuts down it will, over time, have an impact on how the central nervous system processes and responds to that information. Only when we get to the root of the problem can we successfully achieve the results we desire for our clients.

Today, I had the honor of not only meeting, but treating Charles Poliquin, from Poliquin Institute, at our Posturepro office in Montreal.

In the words of Charles Poliquin, “I am enthused about having the PICP students learn Posturology to get better strength gains with their athletes and their clients.”

To learn more about Posturology visit our website at: www.posturologyeducation.com or email us directly at  info@posturepro.net

 

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 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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Can Posturology Help Your Golf Swing?

Many golfers overlook their posture. Rather than take the time to see that their weight is properly distributed at address, or that they have the right amount of forward tilt, they set up to the ball quickly and carelessly and simply let it fly.

If this is your preshot pattern, slow down! You need to pay more attention to your posture. If you don’t, you’ll have a hard time maintaining your balance and keeping the club on the desired swing path. On the other hand, the better your posture is, the more likely you are to move everything properly during the swing, and thus build clubhead speed and power.

Proper posture and good eye alignment are two of the most important elements of a consistent putting stroke.
Eye exercises can immediately benefit the everyday golfer and widespread performance breakthrough in putting.
The phenomenon of poor eye convergence affects nine out of ten people, and comes into play primarily in putting and chipping because your eyes look straight down at the ball. When you line up a putt from behind the ball, your eyes level to the horizon, you’re fine.
Naturally, the tendency is to help your weaker eye, you do that by adjusting your head to bring it more into play.

The problem is worse late in the day when your eyes begin to tire, and for tour players it’s almost always worse on Sunday, after a long week of eye strain.

If you’re like most people, your head will move downward as the pen moves toward you, an instinctive movement that makes sighting the tip of the pen easier. By the way, this is proof that we adjust our posture to accommodate our eyes. It is important to keep your head absolutely steady as you conduct the test. When the tip of the pen nears your face, one eye is apt to turn slightly inward to follow the pen, and the other will stop moving or even turn outward in a Marty Feldman-like position. That proves your eyes aren’t converging properly, and chances are you’re misaligning your shoulders when you putt.

When you’re under stress, you experience a limbic brain response. The fight-or-flight mechanism that results just takes over, and you forget how to execute. Eye exercise heightens cognitive brain function and calms you down. A painless exercise with no heavy lifting, the promise of more putts holed and better control over your emotions. Now that’s the kind of workout routine golfers have been looking for!

The Posturepro Team
Changing Lives

 


 

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The eye and Posturology

The eye and Posturology

The eye is the organ that situates us in relationship to the horizon. 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.

When muscles that move the eyes are out of balance, our perception of the environment changes, and the entire body attempts to compensate for that phenomenon. In doing so, shifts and rotations of the shoulders and pelvis occur and postural alignment suffers.

Before

After

The muscles of the eyes share a direct relationship with muscles of the neck. When an asymmetry is found with the muscles that are responsible for movement of the eyeball, there will be an asymmetry with the muscles of the neck. This will lead to increased muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and spine in general. Tightness and lack of range of motion settle in.

A vast amount of neuroscientific work proves without the shadow of a doubt the role of the eye as a receptor of the tonic postural system . The eye is both an endocaptor and exterocaptor of the system.

It serves 2 major functions: Exteroception (vision), and proprioception (extra-ocular muscles).

The two ocular pathologies that are involved in tonic postural disequilibriums are:

  1. refraction problems (vision) which concern sensorial exteroception of the eye;
  2. convergence problems (proprioception) which concern the proprioception of the extrinsic ocular muscles.

Unlike refraction disorders (myopia, astigmatism, hypermetropia), which are generally recognized and treated, convergence disorders are very rarely diagnosed.

Proper testing is frequently not included in standard eye exams in optometrist’s, opthalmologist’s or optician’s office and is a growing problem  with children.

Whereas refraction disorders, are generally detected and corrected, proprioception issues, like insufficient eye convergence, are rarely diagnosed.

Clinical Signs

A) APPARENT PRIMARY CAUSES.

- Cranial traumas:
being stunned by a simple knock on the head may be enough, all the more so if there is loss of consciousness or coma. This is probably one of the most frequent causes.

- Cervical sprain:
the second major cause: the reverse of the oculocephalogyric pathways (the neck muscles are rich in muscular bundles). Here, the extrinsic eye muscles are subservient to the neck muscles.

- Phenomena due to intracranial hyperpressure.
- convulsions;
- meningitic syndromes;
- cerebrovascular disease;
- cerebral abscess;
- meningitis.
-A high fever associated with a meningitic reaction may be enough, all the more so if there are convulsions.

- Epilepsy.

- Certain autoimmune diseases.

- Spinal fractures.

- Foetal suffering.

- A number of seemingly congenital hereditary disorders.

All of the above leave a convergence disorder, which will still be present 30 or 40 years later, even though the initial pathology may have been cured in a few days.
In this case, the body has integrated a new body image.

Apparent primary causes leave a convergence disorder, which generally affects the dominated eye; the master eye is rarely affected.

B) MANIFESTLY SECONDARY CAUSES.

- Dental focus or occlusion defect:
these may cause a convergence defect via trigeminal afferents on the formations involved in oculomotor activity.

- Hepatitis:
it frequently leaves a convergence defect in the right eye (roughly one case in three in our study).

- Tricyclic derivatives (antidepressants):
Lead to convergence defects in the medium to long term (often in both eyes). The defect persists even after treatment has stopped. To a lesser degree, tranquillisers taken over a long period of time or at high doses may result in similar disorders.

-Antidepressants: non-tricyclic

Deciding whether a disorder is reversible (adaptive), or requires correction is quite difficult. That is why it is necessary to work with orthoptists and opthalmologists who are familiar with our speciality.

For posturologists, the diagnosis should be made as soon as a postural disorder becomes apparent, apart from trauma, there are many other etiologies, but above all, a convergence defect never corrects itself, it generates a new body image which functions with the defect and the postural disorder that accompanies it. If one has a convergence defect, in the absence of treatment, it is for life!

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