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Therapy according to Françoise Mézières (www.therapie-mezieres.eu)

What prompts patients to seek such help?

Patients may report to us with lumbago or a stiff neck which, for example, is noticed when using a hair-dryer, taking a shower, picking up a light object, washing the face in the morning, or even after suffering from a long term cough.

How can such everyday stresses and strains lead to such dramatic discomfort whereupon, to some extent, one loses mobility?

 

Discovery


From her observations, Françoise Mézières, a physiotherapist from France in the 20th century, devised the following principles:  

1. Back pains, intervertebral disc damage, arthritis of the spinal column and hip or painful  knee joints originate not through weak back muscles but by tensed up, contracted or too powerful (!) dorsal (i.e. posterior) muscles (see point 2).
2. The dorsal or posterior muscles form a chain, which extend from the back of the head to the heel. This chain of muscles has uniform performance.  If a part of the chain is shortened, this weakens the efficiency of the entire area:  for example, shortness in the leg muscles can result in additional or chronic back pain.
3. Pain, poor posture, arthritis or inflammation is a result of chronically short muscles elsewhere in the body.  Knee pain can be the result of a contraction of the rear shoulder muscle.
4. 3 phenomena are connected with these compensation mechanisms:
Excessive curvature (Lordosis) of at least one of the vertebral sections
Fixation of the diaphragm during respiration (this happens also under stress)
Internal rotation of the extremities (arms and legs)

These distortions are reversible since they are the result of the body attempting to reduce the pain level. Reversing this process involves stretching the dorsal (posterior) muscles and strengthening the front muscles (e.g. abdominals and quadriceps).

 

Tai Chi for Health (www.taichiforhealthinstitute.org)

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Fr. Balduzzi Rauber also offers Tai Chi in our practice, as part of the physiotherapy options.

Tai Chi originates from a fighting technique used in Asia, but has since been adapted as a health and fitness activity that can be used by anyone.  Therefore, we call it…….

“Tai Chi for Health and…..”

Tai Chi consists of:


Slow, flowing movements that require intense concentration
Slow, 3-point stretching exercises for flexibility of muscles, ligaments and joints
Meditative, harmonised movements to reduce stress

Based on the methods of Dr. Paul Lam, Fr. Balduzzi has undertaken special courses for the following 3 medical conditions:
Tai Chi for arthritis
Tai Chi for diabetes
Tai Chi for osteoporosis

These conditions, caused primarily by our civilisation and lifestyle, can be positively influenced through regular practice of the exercises in “Tai Chi for Health…….”


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