Global postural reeducation (GPR)

How a poor posture can influence…your posture

Stiff neck, forward-thrust head, stooped back, hunched shoulders, bowed legs, and lumbar or cervical hyperlodosis are all signs of poor posture. Global postural reeducation (GPR) can correct postural problems because these problems are usually associated with muscle imbalances: a losing muscle working with a gaining muscle.

The gaining muscle is toned and stiff; the losing muscle is fibrous and has lost its contractility. When they're on either side of a joint, the muscular imbalance ends up unbalancing the joint. This is what is known as a joint injury. The result is a vicious circle caused by the muscle's influence on the joint and the articular derangement on the muscle.

Maintaining a poor posture in a recurrent or prolonged way activates the vicious circle of tension. Poor postures encourage muscle shortening (gaining muscles). If the muscles aren't subsequently stretched, the shortening persists and postural problems gradually appear. Pain can develop over time.

GPR treatments, based on the theory of muscular chains developed by Françoise Mézière in the seventies and later advanced by Philippe Souchard, tend to rebalance the muscles. Posture improves, mobility increases and the pain caused by an overly stiff musculature is reduced or eliminated.

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