Posturology is the neuroscience of posture and alignment developed in Europe over the past 90 years and more recently by renowned French orthopedic surgeon, Doctor Bernard Bricot.
We now understand that good posture and alignment is not just an aesthetic ideal but fundamental to the most efficient functioning of our spines, joints, discs, ligaments, muscle performance, vision, balance, coordination and brain function. Posturology, also called Global Postural Recalibration, delivers a treatment approach that is science based, holistic, and non-invasive to correct alignment permanently.
Normal alignment creates harmonious brain and body relationships and removes pain along with preventing future breakdown and degeneration. Posturolgy addresses the CAUSES, not the symptoms of your problem and restore functional movement. It provides immediate as well as long tem sustainable results.
Posturology has specific applications to the competitive athlete, at any level, where any mal alignment issues will translate to diminished performance, and greatly increased likelihood of expensive and time consuming injuries.
Studies show that less than 10 % of the population corresponds to the criteria for normal orthostatic posture. These subjects almost never suffer from body pain.
- Neck and back pain
- Disc degeneration
- Pelvic misalignments (especially in the presence of abdominal scars and joint replacements)
- TMJ dysfunction
- Post cancer treatment symptoms
- Parkinson’s Disease
What to expect in a Posturology Assessment
Your therapist will take a detailed medical history especially referencing pattern of past injuries, your feet, eyes, TMJ and scars. Your spine, pelvis feet, eyes, teeth and jaws will be measured for tilts, torsions, malocclusions and other imbalances. Neurological tests will be done to assess your balance and proprioception. You will receive a full and detailed account of all findings. Postural insoles (NOT orthotics) specific to your case will be placed under your feet and a small powerful magnet applied to your weaker eye to correct muscle imbalance that is preventing your eyes converging correctly. A short set of eye exercises on the spot will be taught after which your postural assessment is repeated to immediately see the changes in pelvic alignment shoulder tilts and neck range of motion.
Your treatment commitment will be to wear your insoles 6 days out of 7, wear your corrective magnet and perform specific eye recalibration exercises nightly for a period of 8 – 10 months. While you will see results immediately, your nervous system needs this time to fully and permanently be reprogrammed.
Treatment & Fees
The assessment and treatment takes 90 minutes.
Fee: $250 (no tax as this is a Physiotherapy service.)
A portion or all, may be covered on your Extended Benefit Plan)
Posturology tools : as needed based on assessment.
1) 2007, Cutaneous afferents provide and the orientation of human ankle movements
2) 2006, Manually controlled human balancing using visual, vestibular and proprioceptive senses involves a common, low frequency neural process
3) 2002, Cutaneous.Afferent.Plantar.sole.Posture-NeuroReport
4) 2002, Role of ocular convergence in the Romberg quotient
5) 2002, Role of visual input in nonlinear postural control system
6) 1999, Specific whole-body shifts induced by frequency-modulated vibrations of human plantar soles
7) 1998, The effect of Orthoptic treatment upon the vergence Adaptattion Mechanism
8) 1985, Kinesthetic and motor muscle effects of extraocular muscle
Posturology Case Histories
We are most grateful to our clients who have volunteered recent their treatment experiences with Posturology.
Trimetrics Pilates Instructor
In 7 years I have trained for and taken part in multiple biking events, a marathon and numerous duathlons and triathlons. As a result of the training I experienced various acute and chronic muscle injuries, in particular calf and Achilles strains plus lower left back pain. I have needed very regular physio, (IMS, ultrasound, manual therapy in order to get through the training and compete in the event.
Following training sessions I would often stand in Deep Cove water for 20 minutes (freezing!), just to get my muscles to relax. I would often experience back, calf and Achilles stiffness when getting out of bed in the morning or moving around after sitting still for a period of time. My daily stretching and regular Pilates practice remained the same.
Four months ago I started my Posturology realignment treatment using Posturology tools and simple eye exercises, prescribed by Siobhan, tailored to my personal specific postural asymmetries.
To my delight and relief, I was now able to continue to train for, and successfully complete two Olympic triathlons without ANY injuries. My training schedule remains similar to last year’s intensity yet in the past 4 months I have NOT experienced calf or Achilles injuries, I have much reduced back pain. Further I have also noticed no post training back, calf and Achilles stiffness in the morning or after sitting which were regular issues for me.
I have maintained my regular Pilates practice and light stretching and I have not needed any other treatment to continue training injury free. Whilst my race times may not be faster yet, my recovery time has improved, I am pain free and this in turn allows me to train harder toward improving my times!
“For the past 3 years, I had been suffering from constant daily headaches. 3 weeks ago, Siobhan provided me with special insoles, eye exercises and a magnet to wear on my temple to ease eye muscle tension. A few days later, I felt relief from my chronic headaches, resulting in less fatigue and no 3-hour naps during the afternoon. Now, I get twice as much done during the day now that I’m not suffering from headaches.”
Thank you again Siobhan!
Retired Engineer. Account provided by his wonderful wife Terri.
Bob has had poor posture since childhood. He has some diabetic neuropathy in his feet and his close up vision is quite poor. In the last 18 months, he has had a compression fracture at L4/5, a kyphoplasty at L5, a total hip replacement on the left side due to OA and was never a very active person as a professional geological engineer before all this happened!! In the post op recovery phase (age 69) the challenges were building stamina, managing pain, and dealing with the contracted muscles, especially bilateral hip flexors and quads. We had tried water therapy, physiotherapy, walking, IMS, and a gym program. It was hard to isolate whether the issue was spine in origin or a residual stiffness from the hip replacement.
With the Posturology treatment, Bob’s posture is improved (not perfect, but its changing), his stamina is improving with every walk (he can now walk 2 kms with some up and down hill walking included), and his quad pain is lessened and continues to improve with every walk. The speed of his walking now is almost cardio compared to the slow unstable pattern he had before using his Posturology tools (insoles, eye magnet, essential oils for his spine and hip scars) and his eye exercises. The internal rotation of his left leg is also corrected. He must wear his shoes with Posturology insoles in the house for most of the day or his pain and stiffness return. His balance is also much better. The biggest plus is the return of his self-confidence and my ( his wife’s) ability to loosen the restrictions and the constant monitoring.
A comment…we included the essential oils for his left hip and spine scars, in week #2 of his treatment. The addition of the oil treatment has made a huge difference in his improvement.
We are to date very impressed and happy with the results of Posturology treatment provided by Siobhan. We are both enjoying the gains, physically and emotionally in quality of life that we could not get with other forms of physical therapy. These had their place, but did not produce the quality of results we now see in his overall mobility, fitness, pain relief, balance and stability.