Posture, Balance and Motion
Step-by-step, Strong Posture Exercise Protocols for Rehab, Performance and Active Aging
Posture is an opportunity to reposition chiropractic to help more people. The aging baby boomer demographic will build the importance of self-care, especially for back pain, optimizing wellness and staying active with age. Everyone from scientific researchers to physicians to the general public acknowledges the importance of exercise and movement for back pain and wellness….and all motion begins with posture.
Focusing on posture is a unifying concept for DCs to align with the rising meme of staying active to position the unique contribution of the chiropractic adjustment for the DC and the chiropractic profession. From building awareness with a digital photo to empowering patients to stand taller with StrongPosture® rehab exercises, attendees learn to engage people with posture and then to find their strongest, core engaged posture. The course presents a clinical model integrating passive therapy with patient empowerment to functionally strengthen posture, balance and motion. Progressive, step-by-step protocols train attentional focus and awareness with low-tech, active rehab tools like balls, bands and foam rollers.
Attendees learn strategies to build the three dimensions of a PosturePractice including:
Posture Consciousness to create awareness
- Assessing standing posture and gait bio-mechanics
- Building a structural baseline with annual posture pictures
- Training people to become more "posture-conscious" during activity and ADLs
Posture Concepts for chiropractic-aligned, common-sense posture communication
- Why "perfect posture" is a myth
- Posture picture assessments, the 4 Posture Zones and Janda's Cross syndromes
- Balance, Alignment and Motion: the three elements of posture
- 5 Posture Principles for teaching patient-friendly biomechanics
Posture Control to Individualize exercise motion with Must vs Try focus
- Strengthening posture along three tracks: Balance, Alignment and Motion
- Training alignment and motion of the pelvis, head, and torso over the feet (the 4 PostureZones)
- Training deep core muscle recruitment and motion patterns with balls, bands, foam and other low tech tools
- Engaging forgotten motion patterns to target weak kinetic links for pain management and soft tissue rehab as well as improved benefits from other exercises
Economics and consumer desire will rule the coming changes in healthcare, and patients get excited when they see objective functional improvement in how they move during normal daily activities. As evidence based insurers demand active care plans (and then limit care), a posture specialist identity can build a road to a successful wellness practice which integrates active and passive care for improved results, referrals and post acute-care retention. In addition, empowering patients with customized daily posture exercises builds posture awareness and heightens their awareness of the kinematic benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments to build a bridge from acute care to wellness care.
Posture is important to people with back pain, computer workers with forward head posture, teens with the Backpack Slump, and athletes seeking the competitive edge of biomechanical efficiency. Plus it’s a consumer concern which will inevitably grow as boomers age and see their posture degenerate and hunch over.
Whether a chiropractor’s market niche is evidence based back specialist with a medical orientation, wellness, sports, rehab, or pain relief, positioning as a posture specialist is a viable 21st century market identity for DCs to help people move, feel and be well.
- Assess posture by bio-mechanic PostureZones
- Use a digital photo to assess symmetry of functional postural balance and alignment
- Document and correlate observed structural asymmetry with functional asymmetry
- Teach patients practical StrongPosture exercises in a progressive, step-by-step protocol
- Individualize exercises for patient symptoms, syndromes and ability with the goal of normalizing bio-mechanics and adverse daily postural habits
- Educate patients with a common-sense bio-mechanical model to encourage and empower them
Want to earn the posture specialist designation, Certified Posture Exercise Professional (CPEP)?
Begin online coursework now and complete your certification in Toledo, OH! Discount available for OSCA DCs – ask us for details. Find out more at PosturePractice.com or call 770-922-0700.
Introductory Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lWA59M1fNM
If you did not attend the webinar live, add yourself to the toolkit distribution list here: http://www.bodyzone.com/posturemonth/
Saturday class will go from 8am to 5pm. Sunday from 7-7:35am will be an optional session to learn yoga moves that support great posture. Class will start at 8am on Sunday and go until noon.
A limited number of guest rooms are available at the Hilton Garden Inn. Rooms with one king bed will be $129, and rooms with two queen beds will be $139. Rates are available until October 13th, 2015. Call the hotel at 419-873-0700 to book your room.
Saturday will offer breakfast and lunch. Sunday will offer breakfast. Please tell us in the comments section if you have any allergies or dietary considerations.
● General Admission DCs / Staff: $289 / $189
● Members / Staff: $189 / $99
● Membership Plus and their Staff: Included with membership!
At the door registrations may be available if there is space, but will incur an additional $30 charge.