The Tonic Postural System aims to maintain body balance through minimum energy expenditure and maximum comfort: it uses information from the sensory receptors to process the position of the body in space. If the inputs coming from even just one sense organ are altered, the whole posture is affected, and the Central Nervous System re-elaborates a new motor control strategy.
WHAT DOES A POSTURAL ALTERATION INVOLVE?
A body system that bears too many compensations, resulting in too many non-physiological postural conditions, compared to its capabilities, generates symptoms to “warn” that it is no longer able to find new strategies to maintain balance, economy and comfort. When this limit is reached, pains of various kinds may arise, for example somatic or visceral, at any body level.
WHAT TO DO?
The Posturologist and the Osteopath are the most suitable figures for understanding what is the primary cause of the symptom felt. Often these pains do not have a well-identified origin unlike, for example, those caused by direct trauma on the affected area: this is because they are the apex of a more complex dysfunction, like the tip of the iceberg.
It is therefore important to trace the aetiology of pain by means of an extensive anamnesis, careful observation and targeted postural tests; it is therefore necessary, through a holistic view, to analyse the body as a single unit, whose overall functioning is given by the integration of the individual parts.
Having found which postural receptor provides non-physiological inputs, it is important to intervene first on it, but always in association with the rebalancing of all the other ones in order to reset the entire Tonic Postural System and thus eliminate the symptom felt.
It is for this reason that collaboration between the various specialized professionals is essential. Below are some examples of which professionals can analyse and treat the various body receptors:
• Visual receptor> Optician-Optometrist – Exteroceptive function (how and how much I see) – Proprioceptive function (how I move and how much the eyes can collaborate)
• Vestibular receptor> Otolaryngologist
• Stomatognathic> Dentist and Gnathologist
• Podalic> Podiatrist
• Musculoskeletal> Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Doctor of Motor Sciences, Physiotherapist
• Cutaneous> Osteopath