Mezieres method in London. Mézières or Global Postural Re-education uses a combination of specific stretching postures, breath work and hands on therapy. At Wellthy Clinic we offer Mezieres postural rehabilitation and offer a 15min free consultation to answer any questions you may have. In our below blog we discuss the aims, narrative and what mézières therapy involves.
The mézières method of postural re-education was developed by French physiotherapist Francoise Mezieres in 1947. Francoise realised that the muscles acting on the whole back worked as a single unit. If there was increased tension in one part this would cause an unbalance, dysfunction and pain in another. The aim of this technique is to lengthen and soften the muscular chains to restore balance with the function of the whole body. Francoise suggested if the structure was not balanced, the function would be disturbed as a consequence. This technique uses a combination of specific stretching postures, breath work and hands on therapy. Mézières aims to achieve a postural change through the work on the muscular chain balance. Also studies have shown the technique help reduce lower back pain, headaches and sciatica.
Mezieres Method London
It is important to mention that Francoise viewed every patient differently and therefore needs to be individually studied and treated. Any pathology, osteo-muscular or otherwise presents differently. Therefore there are no standard protocols but individual plans will be created. Moreover it does not treat the painful area. This method seeks to reduce muscular tensions to reduce pressure onto the symptomatic area.
She designed a way of treating patients based on her discoveries. Instead of working on the area of dysfunction this method restores balance through a reshaping of the whole body. This is achieved through an eccentric static contraction of the muscular chains. By stretching the tight muscular chains, the strength of the weakened antagonist muscles (mainly the quadriceps and abdominal muscles) improves automatically.
You will hold a stretch until all compensations are eliminated. Every treatment is different and as such each client will experience different reactions as a consequence. The work is very physical for both patient and therapist. This method will address the cause of your discomfort through a global approach which will provide a long term solution. Typically you will require a course of weekly treatment for 6 weeks and then reassess depending on your presenting symptoms.
- Discover the causes of your discomfort and help to reduce pain
- Reduce muscle tightness, joint stiffness and restore lost balance.
- Help re-align your posture
- Provide clients with self-management tools
What does This Treatment Involve:
- Holding specific global stretching postures for a prolonged time of which the practitioner will manually correct.
- Breathing exercises
- Hands on therapy
The Six Laws
First law: Your muscles on the back of your body (posterior) behave like a single muscle. This is because 97% of the posterior muscles are multi-joint muscles (they extend over a minimum of two joints). Francoise named this special anatomical arrangement a Muscular Chain. She believed there were four muscular chains in our bodies. The main one is your back (or posterior) muscular chain, running from your head to your toes.
Second law: The posterior muscles are too short and too strong.
Third law: Any localised action, either of lengthening or shortening, results in the immediate shortening of the entire posterior musculature.
Fourth law: Any attempt to resist this shortening provokes, instantaneously, sidebending and rotations of the spine and limbs.
Fifth law: The limbs always rotate internally (i.e. they turn inwards).
Sixth law: Any stretch, pain, untwisting, concentration or effort makes the patient hold their breath. Also fix their rib-cage into a position of inspiration.
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Bonetti et al (2010) Effectiveness of a 'Global Postural Reeducation' program for persistent low back pain: a non-randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders https://europepmc.org/article/MED/21162726
Lawand et al (2015) Effect of a muscle stretching program using the global postural reeducation method for patients with chronic low back pain: A randomized controlled trial. Joint Bone Spine, 82(4): pp 272-277 https://europepmc.org/article/med/25881758
Matos et al (2020) Analysis of pain symptoms, flexibility and hydroxyproline concentration in individuals with low back pain submitted to Global Postural Re-education and stretching Pain Management; 10(3): pp. 167-177 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32352877/