Full Clinical Posture Analysis 
 
Brain Based Posture Analysis 
 
Megan MacGregor
NEUROLOGY OF THE POSTURE SYSTEM   
Postural Neurology is a system to understand the neurology of the Posture System and how to analyze and correct neurologic dysfunction for optimal human performance and postural design.

No professional can fully understand your case presentation without understanding the function of the brain, the master controller of the body. When I work with your neurology in relation to the Posture System, I  know exactly what to do in practice.

I assess dysfunctional outputs of the neurology controlling the Posture System and  implement a treatment plan to improve function and create neuroplastic changes.

There are 7 main parts of the brain that are responsible for the neurology controlling the Posture System. Each aspect of the neurology has a unique function that is necessary for proper function of the Posture System.
 Why? 
Why we have a Brain?
Fundamentally we have a brain to create movement.
Why does our brain work as it does?
Because we (humans) are bipedal (walk on two legs) and able to stand upright against gravity. The development of bipedal gait and upright Posture were the precursor to the development of the size and function of our human brain. 
What's the link with Posture?
Our brains experienced a significant development milestone due to Posture. Yet new societal patterns are causing a de-evolution of human Postural design.
Is it Important? 
Our Posture is dependant upon how we interact with our environment. Decreased brain function is directly associated with Postural decline. 
Digital Dementia
The new Health Epidemic, affecting modern day patients. There is a direct correlation between Digital Dementia, Tech Neck, and Flexor dominant Posture. The vestibular system has intricate connections to the eye, spine, and cerebellum. When the vestibular development is inadequate patients present with balance disorders, weak posture and dizziness. 
These components are the fundamental anatomy of the neurology controlling the Posture System. 
Detecting and correcting dysfunction among these neurologic components is the key to sustained postural correction results.
 
Sensory Cortex
The sensory cortex, located in the parietal lobe of the brain, is how you feel and interpret your world. 
Ascending information of proprioception, joint position, tactile stimulation, temperature, pain, and so on arrive in your sensory cortex from the periphery for processing and interpretation. The sensory cortex is important to posture because it perceives proprioception and joint position. Understanding where your body is in space is fundamental for achieving postural stability.
 
Motor Cortex
Our ability to move within our environment is dependent upon functional output of the motor cortex. 
Pathways descend from the motor cortex to produce movements within the environment. The motor cortex of the frontal lobe is important for posture because it initiates voluntary motor output of skeletal muscles contralaterally and stabilization of posture muscles ipsilalterally.
 Together the sensory and motor cortices achieve sensorimotor integration for processing of sensory inputs for proper motor outputs in response to stimuli.
 
Cerebellum
The cerebellum is the center for “checks and balances” of movement. The cerebellum refines motor output for coordination and precision of motor movements by eliminating any excess motion. 

Dynamic postural stability is reliant on the cerebellum to have fine motor skills. Movement is initiated by the contralateral cortex and is refined by the ipsilateral cerebellum.


 
Pontomedullary Reticular Formation (PRF)
The powerhouse of your posture, the center for postural control,  inhibits flexion. Clients who present with dysfunctional output of their PMRF have flexor dominant posture, a common postural presentation of forward head posture, anterior rolling of the shoulders, chest flexion, and hyperkyphosis. 

Located in the brainstem among the pons and medulla. It is the home of 8 cranial nerves that perform vital functions and contribute to proper posture. The reticulospinal tract descends from the PMRF to the spine to inhibit flexor tone
The Visual System


The Visual System
Head posture patterns are reliant upon proper function of the visual and the vestibular systems to hold the head upright and keep the eyes parallel to the horizon. 

4 of the 12 cranial nerves are dedicated to your eyes! 

The eyes are important for orientation within our environment and the visual system is extremely important to head posture. With an inability to see and control eye movements in a coordinated patients will develop chronic postural distortion patterns.
The Vestibular System
The vestibular system controls postural balance and extension. 

This is of utmost importance to maintaining proper posture. Flexor dominant posture is weak, sick posture that inefficiently resists gravity. The PMRF inhibits flexion, and the vestibular system stimulates extension.

Flexor-extensor synergy is the goal of postural correction and can only be achieved by proper functional output of the PMRF and the vestibular system. The vestibular system also controls balance. To improve balance incorporate vestibular training with your brain based posture rehabilitation programs.
The Spinal Pathways
The ascending and descending pathways of the spine are the connection from the peripheral nervous system to the central nervous system. 

This is the connection of your brain to the Posture System, the structural framework of your body.

Ascending sensory information is transported to the sensory cortex for processing. 
Descending motor pathways are transported from the motor cortex to the spinal cord via the corticospinal tract for voluntary movement, and the reticulospinal, and vestibulospinal pathways for postural stability.
What is involved in the Brain Based Posture Scan 
Clinical Posture Analysis
The purpose os the complete examination from traditional standards is to find or rule out red flags and hard neuralgic lesions and provide you with a plan going forward.
 
The examination will include 
  •  Complete History
  •  Posture Imaging 
  •  Vitals
  •  Mental status testing
  •  Cranial Nerves
  •  Muscle Strength, flexibility (ROM)  tone and bulk
  •  Reflexes
  •  Coordination
  •  Sensory Function
  •  Gait
 
 Posture Analysis Packages
 

Packages/prices
Full Clinical Posture Analysis  £75

This includes full report of findings, advise on rehabilitation and home plan for correction. 

 

 
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