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Posturology: stop with back pain and joint disorders

Written by Cindy Fogliani (Copyright 2000-2022 all rights reserved)

Back pain, joint pains, shoulders and neck are often due to incorrect posture. Posturology, using galvanic insoles created by the French orthopedic surgeon Bernard Bricot, allows to eliminate the cause of pains in a gentle and non-invasive way. Ernest Schoenmaker, physiotherapist, naturopath and posturologist speaks about it.
By Cindy Fogliani
About forty years have passed since the orthopedic surgeon Bernard Bricot conceived a non-invasive surgery aimed at correcting the posture of patients, which is now taught in many universities and continually being studied.
"Bricot has devoted himself to the study of an alternative approach because of the sometimes disappointing results obtained with surgical and orthopedic procedures", says the posturologist Ernest Schoenmaker. "And it is no wonder that there are numerous therapies used to combat back pain and joint pain, such as analgesics, anti-inflammatories, manipulations, physiotherapy, surgery, etc. they can bring temporary relief but they do not go to the root of the problem that often lies in a wrong posture. This is why we are often faced with relapses ".
Considering that nine out of ten people have a postural imbalance; in case of back pain, hernia, sciatica, tendinitis, joint pain it may be worth consulting a posturologist. "Posturology is a gentle, non-invasive, easily applicable treatment, and the first results occur after just a few weeks; this avoids surgical operations and drugs, "says Schoenmaker.
In posturology, a careful examination of the posture is carried out first and the therapy is then scheduled. This intervenes on the proprioceptive system, which is a very sophisticated mechanism that supplies the central nervous system with information concerning the biomechanical movement of the body and the physiology of muscles, tendons and joints in relation to the movement performed or to be performed. The most important proprioceptors are eye muscles, feet, chewing muscles and jaw, skin and coccyx.
"If only one propriocettore is disturbed there is no pain but there could be frequent accidents in the athletes. When two proprioceptors are disturbed, pain occurs in physical activity. With three or more disturbed proprioceptors there are permanent pains, "explains Schoenmaker.
They can create proprioceptive disorders "the convergence error" in the eyes, which manifests itself as a result of a blow on the head (even in very tender age); abnormalities in the feet, but also a defective dental occlusion and scars, coccyx and first cost it blocked. These disturbances can affect the possession. This is why the posturologist performs heads that allow us to identify any disturbances to the proprioceptive system.
The therapy generally consists in the prescription of galvanic orthopedic insoles, containing magnets that act on the reflex zones of the feet linked to proprioception and very thin wedges that, working in a reflex manner, change the postural muscular tone. The insoles are soft and thin, suitable for all types of footwear and activities, and must be worn uninterruptedly for about two years; even if the first results, in terms of improvement of the posture and decrease or cessation of the pains will be perceptible already after a few weeks of therapy.
Other interventions are exercises for ocular muscles; and possibly the correction of a faulty occlusion of the teeth with a night worn mouthguard; the treatment of scars with a volatile oil that restores the flow of information; self-handling of the coccyx or the first rib.
"Ocular hyperconvergence is present in all cases of postural problems, and should always be verified after receiving a blow to the head, because, if corrected within a year, the related posture disorder can be corrected in a simple and immediate way ; avoiding future suffering and enormous costs. It can be easily diagnosed by fixing a point 30 centimeters away from the two eyes, and continuing to fix it as it is approached until it touches the nose. If, in following the movement, the eyes are not symmetrical, we are faced with a convergence error. The correction is carried out by performing specific exercises for two minutes twice a day ".
Schoenmaker also remembers that before any dental application to children it is important "to check and eventually correct the posture; because the change in the position of the teeth has an important impact on it. The correction of posture has in turn influenced the position of the teeth. It has been observed that existing scoliosis worsens with the application of a dental appliance ".
"It is a real shame", concludes Schoenmaker, "that this method is not better known and considered.

In fact, it saves a lot of suffering and money by solving the problems definitively and in a sweet and natural way ". Posturology is generally recognized by complementary coverage, and the entire therapeutic process generates a maximum total expenditure of around 1,000 francs.
(Initial costs of Postural Checkup is (around 480,--) CHF. 180,-- - CHF.240,--, and galvanic Insoles CHF .240,--  - 270,-- .

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Posturology, posture and correction / Causal treatment of numerous pains

Article written by Ernest Schoenmaker (Copyright 2000-2022 all rights reserved)

According to modern findings, it is clear that many back pains and pain at joints such as ankles, knees, hips, neck and shoulders are caused by a - more or less - disturbed posture. Research shows that 87% of the population has a disturbed posture. This means that almost 9 out of 10 people have a disturbed posture. You are also very likely to have a disturbed posture (87% chance).
Our posture - and thus also the alignment of the spine - is not achieved solely by some muscles, but is made possible by a multi-layered musculoskeletal system, whose muscular tone (state of tension of the muscles) affects various proprioceptors and vice versa.
These decisive proprioceptors (organs that receive stimuli of their own accord) collect, process and control the totality of all their own body information with regard to posture, movement and balance. If there are any disturbances in this balanced totality, the posture also changes. This results in deviations of the posture in all three dimensions of the space, movement sequence and balance.
Back pain is always an alarm signal. They arise even with slight changes. In 97 percent of all cases, back pain is functionally related to the disturbed posture, be it horizontal or vertical deviations of the body symmetry, flat or hollow back, different rotation or tilting of pelvis or shoulder girdle, and thus a torsion / rotation of the spine with the end result a scoliosis. If the information of proprioceptors is disturbed before the end of growth (16-18 years of age), a leg length difference usually arises because the weight is not evenly distributed on both legs.
Central control
Posture is regulated by information from the neurological systems.
It works with incoming neurological information from so-called receptors, which we will continue to refer to as proprioceptors in the following.
1. The first most important system for the maintenance and thus also the posture are the higher centers; the central nervous system (CNS). The central nervous system consists globally of the brain with its neural pathways that go down to the back (second lumbar vertebrae).
2. As the second most important system, the inner ear and labyrinth is the information of the Position of the head in space.
The posture correction presented here, which works with the Polarizing filter and podiatric insoles, interferes and strives with the neurological information described here below, which is mediated by proprioceptors that are considered to be the peripheral nervous system.
In short, the "posturect" posture correction has an influence on the peripheral nervous system by normalizing the neurological information that is crucial for a normal physiological posture.
3. As the most important first proprioceptor of the peripheral nervous system are the eyes, both sensory and muscular.
4. The second most important proprioceptors are the feet, its joints, capsules, foot muscles and skin.
5. The third most important proprioceptor is the chewing apparatus with its muscles and the temporomandibular joint.
6. On the fourth place are the proprioceptors of the skin, postural muscles and joints.
7. On the fifth place are the proprioceptors from the coccyx  
Treatment principle + method
The "Posturect insoles" therapy was developed by Dr. med. spec. chir. orth. Bernard Bricot, Marseille, developed and patented and registered (CE 92/43). He came to this because he found that orthopedic surgical interventions have disappointing results. There is ongoing research with clinical and scientific investigations, some of which have already been published. There are at different universities, faculties of posturology. Electronic measuring instruments are also in use. The therapy has existed for +/- 43 years.
The correction of posture recommended by us works on a completely new principle.
The place of intervention is no longer directly on the skeleton (as in orthopedics), but the polarizing "posturect insoles" activate the proprioceptors responsible for the balance and its compensation purely externally at their base or departure point, at the sole of the foot. The activated proprioceptors now convey the altered body information. These cause a rebalancing of symmetry, balance, posture and movements.
The feet are the decisive link between upright posture and ground contact. Posture, feet and ground contact, continue to influence each other in mutual interaction.
From this alternating influence, often unnoticed, when the information from the proprioceptors is disturbed, numerous deviations from the normal posture gradually arise, be it frontal, lateral or horizontal, as well as by rotation or tilting of individual parts of the body; e.g. pelvic rotation or skewed position, seemingly due to a (not real anatomical) leg length difference. Leg length differences can only be determined manually if the pelvis no longer has a twist. This can only be done by correcting the proprioceptors of the eye muscles (which move the eye) and correcting the proprioceptors on the feet, while simultaneously bending the spine forward. Alternatively, you can determine leg length difference by an X-ray of the pelvis while standing, with the comparison of the hip head height in space.
In addition to a large number of reflex zones, there are two of them on the soles of the feet, which are specifically related to the increasing flow of information for posture.
One of the zones, a triangle located with the base inward, responds to the frequency of X. Hertz, the other zone, a triangle with the base outward, responds to X. hertz.
The center point common to the triangles reacts to both frequencies. It is the common, central control point, the synthesis of the two zones.
In the "Posturect insoles", the polarization filters are placed exactly below the central control points.
The polarization filters act like microprocessors, i.e. they control, regulate and keep the pulses in constant motion in a predetermined manner.
Changes in the feet can at the same time be triggers and / or results of deviating posture. This mutual connection results in a new, superimposed and independent syndrome, which constantly promotes this interaction of changes.
All these influences and their information, which contribute to the deviations of the involved muscles and posture, as well as the overlying syndrome, are transmitted through the mentioned reflex zones. They are corrected by the electromagnetic field; with a frequency of X. Hertz, and X. Hertz, and very small wedges (1.2 mm thick) which work reflectively. Thus, the posture is actively corrected by the reflexively changed muscle tone of the postural muscles, normalizing neurological information with origin of the proprioceptors interacting with muscles, and tendons.
Mode of operation / application
You will be wearing to the "Posturect soles" continuously for a period of 24 - 36 months. For the time being, the wearing of the insoles causes the previous, erroneously generated information from proprioceptors to be stopped. The now targeted activation of the proprioceptors via the polarizing filters regenerates the former, natural mode of action of the musculoskeletal system in the course of therapy.
Chain reactions such as distractions, muscle contractures and so on are thereby canceled, and the bone parts involved gradually resume their original position. The mechanical cause of quite a number of painful conditions is eliminated by a "posturect-insoles" correction and gradually dismantled.
The "posturect insoles" correction works primarily on the most frequently changed parts of the body, the feet. For the harmonious, balanced interaction of the processes in the musculoskeletal system, in addition to the feet, other parts of the body and their functions, such as their proprioceptors, are equally decisive in a correction. They are body parts that have a causal influence and shape with their very important information, from their proprioceptors, to the (postural) muscles, and therefore the posture.
Special effects cause the reactions of the eye muscles, as well as the chewing closure of the teeth. As obstacles in the flow of information that can be eliminated, a blocked first rib, the blocked coccyx or certain superficial body scars often act. They are partially eliminated by self-manipulation. Scars are treated by an essential oil, so that there is no longer any disturbance in their information flow. The possibly disturbed occlusion is corrected by wearing a mouthgard overnight.
The most important proprioceptors are those on the eye muscles. If these are disturbed, they have an effect on the foot position, which results in a change in body position as a result. They arise as a result of a blow to the head and / or the use of psychotropic drugs + antidepressants. The blow to the head can be counted back to the birth. The second most important proprioceptors are the feet themselves. The third most important proprioceptors are the masticatory muscles and the temporomandibular joint. In the fourth place, disturbed proprioceptors come from the skin, with scars. In the fifth place comes the coccyx and its position. All these proprioceptors belong to the peripheral nervous system.
If only one proprioceptor is disturbed, you have no pain and you can see that there are more accidents in high-performance sports. If 2 proprioceptors are disturbed, you only have pain during strenuous physical activity. If 3 or more proprioceptors are disturbed, you have constant pain. When 4 proprioceptors are disturbed => permanent pain everywhere (fibromialgia). When 5 proprioceptors are disturbed => unbearable pain everywhere.
It is easy to determine whether the proprioceptors on the eye muscles are disturbed by looking at a point, e.g. fingertip, by the person testing, which is moved from a distance of 30 cm in the middle of both eyes to the base of the nose. If you look at the eyes, you can see that in 9 out of 10 cases, one of the eyes not the same as the other eye, moves inward. This is called a hypoconvergence defect, the eye and the proprioceptors of this eye are disturbed. If you notice a hypoconvergence defect in one eye, you immediately know if a disturbed posture has crept in afterwards. It does not give pain at the beginning yet. Pain only occurs when the foot position is gradually changed by compensation, and the information from proprioceptors on the feet is also disturbed.
This convergence defect is gradually trained and thus eliminated during the treatment period of posture correction with the wearing of the "Posturect insoles", by eye muscle exercises. This also corrects the most important proprioceptor. It is not possible to correct the posture only with eye muscle exercises. For posture correction, it is absolutely necessary to additionally correct the information flow of the proprioceptors from the feet. The treatment of posture correction is stopped after +/- 2 to 3 years, exactly at the time when these eye convergence defects are eliminated. This is the condition together with the reprogrammed posture, to gradually wear off the insoles.
Method of treatment + application
The treatment method of the "posturect insoles" correction consists in the long-term effect on the two central zones on the feet. They are worn continuously for 2 to 3 years (24-36 months).  The exception is in bed and, of course, in the bathroom or shower, and also on the beach. Every time you change shoes, you put the insoles in the other pair of shoes you are going to wear. The "Posturect insoles" are also worn in work shoes and sports shoes, as well as sandals and slippers. The insoles, and thus the polarizing filters, do not directly touch the skin. The daily wearing of the "Posturect insoles must not be interrupted during the treatment period. The therapy effect of one week can be lost by a one-day interruption; e.g. pelvic tilt and torsion of the spine.
Linear, correctly oriented polarization fields influence the ascending proprioceptors during the entire duration of the therapy period, and enable and activate a new information with, as an effect; normalization of the muscular reactions. As a result, the movements involved and thus also the posture gradually return to their original balance.
The polarizing effects on the muscles responsible for the tone and posture result in an immediate correction when wearing the insoles. This is measured immediately after the posture control by a second measurement.
The correction effect is visible, measurable and reproducible. Always wear the insoles with the colored side facing up.
After +/- 6 weeks, in most cases there is an accounting and a clear change and stabilization.  The improvement of pain phenomena, related to the posture imbalance, is noticeable.
In addition to consistently wearing the insoles, the only additional activity is correcting the neurological information flow from the eye muscles. This is done by eye muscle exercises; 2 times for 2 minutes every day.
Before the "Posturect insoles" are applied, the various changes of the feet as well as the posture should be considered.
The following congenital or arisen situations may be present on the feet:
o Hollow foot, - and flat foot, asymmetrical feet, disharmonious feet, kink foot, 2 component foot.
POSTURAL CONTROL In the area of posture can result:
o The forward standing of shoulder girdle in front of the pelvis
o The pelvis tilted forward in an upright position, pelvic rotation or pelvic skewed position
o The apparent shortening of a lower limb, in the supine or prone position
o Scoliosis and torsion of the spine
o Tilted shoulder girdle, shoulder skewing, often in connection with the sides of the loads (left shoulder in the right-hander usually higher, right in the left-hander),
o Extension failure on the wrist on the side of the lower shoulder,
o One- or two-sided rotation restriction of the head. Of course, existing complaints or pain must be included and examined.
o Different rotation or tilting of the pelvis or shoulder girdle, and thus a torsion / rotation of the spine with the end result; a scoliosis.
The complaints that the "Posturect insoles" therapy relieves in connection with changes in the back or posture include: Back pain
o Sciatica (without or with disc hernia),
o Pain in the area of the lower extremities (hips, knees, feet),
o Pain radiating from nerve roots (disc hernia),
o Shoulder pain, certain neck, shoulder and arm pain, disturbed posture without pain. In particular, we point out that children
It is essential to do a posture check and possibly a posture correction before a mouthgard is applied by the dentist, as the change of the positions of the teeth have a great influence on the spine and posture. Posture correction, in turn, has an effect on the position of the teeth. Immediately after the application of the "Posturect insoles" a clear effect is noticeable; which is measured;
Normalization of posture
It is manifested by the fact that immediately after the application, the existing changes or complaints disappear to a large extent or completely; such as;
-Back pain, even with an existing herniated disc, and sciatic pain
-Pelvic rotation and skewing, pelvic shovel to the rear
-Equalization of shoulder height; During posture correction, it can be noted: wrists at the same height ,
-Neck skew, and head and neck rotation
o Tendonitis,
o Joint pain, even with existing osteoarthritis
o Neurological - dystrophic syndrome
o Certain thoracic intercostal pains
o  Improvement of pain phenomena can be noted
In the area of posture, normalize:
o Scoliosis, kyphosis, hyperlordosis, Baastrup syndrome,
o Tilting and twisting of the pelvis, tilting of the sacrum / sacrum.
o Correction of the spine displaced forward (shoulder girdle and pelvis are in a vertical line or shoulder girdle stands behind the pelvis)
o Axial deviations of the extremities.
Follow-up inspection
There is a balancing of the weight distribution on both legs, along with the balancing of posture, after 6 weeks. Then a follow-up check should be made. Further follow-up checks are carried out every 2-3 to 6 months, whereby in addition to posture, back, foot position, pelvic position, the convergence capacity on both eyes is checked. The follow-up inspection takes +/- 15 - 30 Minutes.
Because this is about an active (on neurological base) posture correction, it can happen that pain occurs. These should disappear again in a few days and not be too violent. If the pain is severe, please call your therapist to discuss it; +41-91-751.3883
After completion of the therapy, the wearing of the "Posturect insoles can be weaned, if their muscular components are fixed, and the flow of information of the proprioceptors is normalized. The most important control is the compensation of hypoconvergence defects in the eye after 24 to 36 months.
Weaning after 3 years of wearing the posturect insoles and eliminating the eye convergence defects
Wearing with posturect insoles can be reduced as follows:
1st Month: Reduce the wearing of the posturect insoles daily by three, then up to six hours
Reduce less in case of serious back malformations. Until the age of sixteen, the "Posturect insoles" are a valuable tool for other therapeutic measures.
2nd month: Wear the "Posturect insoles" for one hour in the morning and two hours in the evening every week for one to two days. If necessary, additional further measures are possible at any time in addition to the "Posturect insoles" therapy.
3rd month: reduce the times of the 2nd month by half again; as well as, for example, vertebral manipulation in osteopathy, reduce by half. Foot and back gymnastics, "terrain" correction by acupuncture, homeopathy, trace elements, phytotherapy, can be continued further. Later, during about two months, the "Posturect" therapy, classic allopathic treatments, are reduced; wear Posturect insoles" regularly once or twice a week for half an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening.
During physical exertion such as sports, hiking, moving, gardening and so on, wearing the insoles is still recommended at any time.  
Indications: As described above, in addition also for prevention, eg. Sports, as well as children from 9 years. Children should definitely have a posture control and possibly. make a posture correction before a mouthgard is applied by the dentist, as the change in the positions of the teeth have a great influence on the spine and posture. Posture correction, in turn, has an effect on the position of the teeth. Existing scoliosis in children is getting worse and worse with a tooth span.
Contraindications: there are no contraindications to this method of treatment. Also not for pregnant women or carriers of pacemakers.
A posture check lasts from 1 to one and a half hours. CHF is charged per quarter of an hour. 30,-- calculated.
In the case of existing insurance for alternative healing methods, the control is remunerated by the health insurance up to 85%. The insoles for posture correction cost CHF. 240,- to CHF. 270,- depending on the model and adaptation.
When considering this treatment, be sure that this is a treatment that eliminates the causes of the pain, and saves a lot on unnecessary treatments such as manipulations, osteopathy, massages, physiotherapy, painkillers, operations, their time, etc.
Appointments for a posture check in the Bern area can be made via the secretariat of Naturopathic practice Kyburz, Hölzliweg 5; Wattenwil, Tel: 033-356.3210
Appointments for a posture check in the area of Aargau, Lucerne, Zug
and Ticino, can be made through the Secretariat of Fisioterapia Locarno; via B.Luini 20; Locarno: Tel: +41-91-751.9220
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