Posture is usually defined as "the upright well-balanced position of a human being". A postural disorder occurs when a posture diverges from normal alignment. This can cause pain syndromes in long-term.
Importance of Prevention
The purposes of the postural assessment & treatment are to find out all the mechanisms which may cause pain now or in long-term.
We consider also how someone "uses" his body throughout his life (repeated movements, sports, frequent postures...) to understand and prevent any musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.
Who can be helped?
- Children and adolescents: important to be followed by experienced Physiotherapists during period of growth. A scoliosis deviation can be increased in few months during growth peak.
- Younger and older adults
- people with postural changes with or without pain
Examples of postural disorders:
- Forward head position
- Spine curvature disorders: scoliosis, hyperlordosis, hyperkyphosis...
- Pelvic inclination
- Knee: valgus, varus, hyperextended....
- Flat foot
- Excessive rotation of limbs
Some of them can be combined and often described as "Sway Back" or "Flat Back" posture.
How can we help you?
We use an evidence-based method which is the Global Postural Re-education (GPR or RPG). This approach is holistic, gentle and conservative.
If you don't have any pain, GPR can help you with your posture.
If you have pain, the idea is to find the mechanical causes of symptoms using the GPR method and then, to work on muscle systems (or chains) to treat the identified problems. When our physiotherapist treats someone with the GPR, she looks at posture and deformities which may be connected to symptoms.