Postural Reconstruction®

Postural Reconstruction® is a relatively new form of physiotherapy that grants licensed physiotherapists a specialized university diploma after a three year study program.

Postural Reconstruction® was created by Francoise Mezieres, a controversial character whose unorthodox attitude towards scientific method alienated her from the majority of doctors and scientists. Her work became known through word of mouth. After her death in 1991, Michael Nisand announced his intentions to set up a teaching program to continue her work. He was offered partnership from Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg and in 1992, the first university course in Postural Reconstruction® was offered.

The human body has 4 muscle chains, groups of muscles organized in a chain-like fashion. They are interdependent on each other and make a powerful whole. They are always in use and tend to strengthen and shorten, as natural movement does not stretch them. Over time, the shortening of muscle chains can cause painful conditions such as scoliosis and arthritis.

Postural Reconstrution® focuses on restoring the individual to health by restoring the body’s natural postural muscle tone by stretching the muscle chains. This process is called “active inductive solicitation.” The therapist, or Reconstructor uses his/her eyes and hands to perform very precise and localized contractions of the muscle chains.

A typical Postural Reconstruction® session lasts about one hour. It requires active patient participation. The individual will be asked to hold specific postures and perform deep, rhythmic exhalations.

Contact a Physiotherapist with Postural Reconstruction® certification for further information on this effective form of therapy.

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