Global Postural Re-education (GPR) is a method in Physiotherapy developed by Prof. Philippe Souchard. The physiotherapist guides the patient through different active postures. The musculoskeletal changes restore balance, and there is an improvement of muscle flexibility and resolution of pain.
GPR treats the body as a whole assessing and analysing the primary causes of symptoms, working specifically on each individual.
GPR follows three basic principles:
- Globality: to achieve a successful rebalancing, GPR intervenes on the whole musculo-skeletal structure of the spine, and on the upper and lower limbs, which are closely connected.
- Individuality: each person is different.
- Causality: it is necessary to identify the cause of the problem. Pain in the body can create new compensation patterns. These patterns can either increase pain or create new discomfort in the body. Finding the cause of the pain can help to correct the compensation patterns.
It is advised:
- • For children and adolescents who show signs of scoliosis, or spinal curvature behaviour; for patients with a weak posture, hyperlordosis and hyperkhyphosis, rounded shoulders, pelvis disalignment, knee valgus.
- Those who suffer neck, back and lower back pain, both in acute and chronic periods
- Patients diagnosed with spondylosis, disc protrusions, hernias, stenosis.
- To resolve post traumatic or post surgery functional limitations.
- To restore and rebalance muscles in athletes.
- Lower back pain and/or groin pain during pregnancy
The number of appointments varies depending on the diagnosis and the patient’s response. The appointment lasts approximately one hour.