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In this workshop the participants will be introduced to the core concepts of Global Postural Reeducation (GPR), a method developed by physiotherapist Phillippe Souchard. There are three fundamental principles in the GPR approach: Individuality, which considers each person as unique; Causality, which states that the true cause of a musculoskeletal condition may arise from distant sites; and Globality, which determines that a body should be treated in its entirety.
Moreover, GPR considers the existence of different Myofascial chains. The main Myofascial chains are the posterior static chain, the anterior chain and the diaphragmatic and respiratory myofascial chain. Based on these principles, it is assumed that pathological conditions may arise due to retractions in the myofascial chains or in altered relationship between them. Thus, each patient is treated individually with specific static active postures in order to stretch the shortened myofascial chains and to enhance co-contraction of the antagonists to balance the system. By stretching the shortened muscles and enhancing the contraction of the antagonists, the ultimate goal of this approach is to improve postural symmetry and articular function, which is believed to mediate the reduction of pain and disability.
During this seminar the participants will be introduced to the various methods of assessing and treating biomechanical, myofascial and neuromuscular imbalances with the aim of minimising pathological compensation throughout the body. This therapeutic approach gives the therapist the possibility to fine-tune and actively balance altered myofascial tensions in positions that enable decompression and manipulation of the articular surfaces. The GPR approach has many clinical applications. From managing conditions related to altered spinal biomechanics, enhancing sports performance to movement rehabilitation in CNS conditions.