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Transformative Postural Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain


More than the alignment of our body, Human posture deeply and inevitably reflects our life experiences, traumas and beliefs. We will see what fundamental movement patterns and emotions determine our human posture and how the body is not the lesser God but shapes our mind and psychological landscape.

WHEN WE LOOK AT THE HUMAN UPRIGHT POSTURE WE LOOK AT MILLIONS OF YEARS OF DAILY PRACTICE, SPECIFIC MUSCULOSKELETAL RULES AND ANCESTRAL EMOTIONS DRIVE OUR MOVEMENTS


Shortly after birth, a world of sensorimotor experiences awakens our postural reflexes. and subjects our body to specific rules so we can roll, crawl, stand upright, walk and eventually run, dance, jump etc…

It is an innate desire to go towards what fulfils us and what brings us joy, and ancestral emotions drive our movement patterns and shape our human posture.

When this fundamental freedom is threatened, we feel fear and pain. And over millions of years, we also have developed an automatic stress response to either fight, fight or freeze in times of danger.

When the stress has passed, our muscle tension releases and we move back to our original state of postural equilibrium, freedom and growth.

But what if the stress doesn’t get resolved? What if we endure physical or emotional pain for months and sometimes years? this permanent emotional tension is reflected in constant Postural muscle tension which over time becomes unconscious. Chronic Musculoskeletal pain does not happen overnight and provokes complex muscle imbalances, brings havoc in our spine, and joints and changes our posture and movement patterns without our awareness. The source of pain, constant discomfort, anxiety, and depression are blurred or altogether forgotten.

Chronic musculoskeletal pain is a complex and under-serviced health burden that affects 1.7 billion people globally and costs billions of dollars to our health system.

People are desperate to find an effective modern solution for chronic pain and the conventional approach has failed at treating the chronicity of the musculoskeletal condition.

The mounting scientific evidence for the therapeutic benefits of yoga for stress and musculoskeletal conditions is reflected by GP, physios, chiros, and alternative health practitioners referring their patients to Yoga. However, this does not mean that the public is trusting yoga as medicine, yet.

At rest, our postural tension is equivalent to a 50volt light bulb! maintaining the alignment of our body and the health of our spine and joints, and giving us stability. For that reason, our deep Postural muscles must be trained very differently than our global musculature demanding a great deal of awareness of our body and our thoughts and emotions.

Yoga as a chance of becoming a force to be reckoned with in the treatment of specific chronic musculoskeletal conditions that is accepted as mainstream. We can build on already well established Yoga Techniques such as mindfulness, breathing and alignment in the movement to harness the body’s postural energy for healing chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

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