This course represents an invaluable opportunity for manual therapists to learn how to effectively apply Mezieres’ method innovative techniques on posture related musculoskeletal issues.

Dedicated to physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and doctors, this training complements Françoise Mézières’ rehabilitation program with the current posturology knowledge.

The purpose of this training is to provide students with the necessary theoretical and practical tools for the interpretation of postural disorders, identifying the suitable strategies for their solution.

The key aspect of this course is the practical application of the methodology which concentrates on the recovery of the physiological functionalities of the neuro-myofascial system, allowing for an adequate approach and appropriate problem solving strategies.

The course has a limited availability of 16 participants to guarantee optimal support and 1-2-1 attention to exact and correct the technique. Because of the nature of the course the 4 weekends will have to be booked as a whole, as each one will be a continuation of the previous one. The course will take place in Canary Wharf, London.

The course will be taught with simultaneous translation from Italian to English.

OBJECTIVES

On completion of this course you will be able to carry out the following analysis:

  • static and dynamic postural examination

  • functional and biomechanical evaluation of the spine and of the articulations of movement.

  • differential functional evaluation between muscular/postural alterations and those originating from other structures.

And to therapeutically intervene on muscular postural issues such as:

  • spinal (scoliosis, hyperlordosis, round back, intervertebral disk compressions, radiculopathy, sciatica, cervical brachialgia, etc.)

  • joint problems (osteoarthritis, glenohumeral joint problems, coxarthrosis, etc.)

  • muscular (low back pain, wryneck, myalgia etc.)

  • dysmorphic (locking and TMJ subluxation, varus and valgus knee, valgus hallux, flat and club foot, etc.)

CONTENTS – WHAT IS THE MEZIERES METHOD ABOUT?

The Mézières Method is a rehabilitative technique created by French physiotherapist Françoise Mézières in 1947.

The Mèzières Method is a scientific technique based on physic-mathematical concepts applied to the musculoskeletal system.

It is an individual rehabilitative technique with a systemic postural approach which determines functional recovery through body symmetry restoration.

The Mèzières Method individuates the cause of the symptoms in mechanical articulatory movements. Mézières studies believe that when mechanical movement conflicts are not congenital or contracted, they are caused by asymmetric shortening of the muscles.

It operates on joints through muscle strength re-education. This re-education occurs through the reduction of the opposing strength of the myofascial system (stiffness, shortening, increase of the basal tone).

The Mézières Method operates both in an analytic and systemic way: analytically in recalibrating the myofascial strengths that generate mechanical intra-articular conflict causing the symptoms, and systemically in recalibrating the myofascial factors which alter the correct postural asset.

PROGRAM:

Program:

Day 1:

  • Mezieres Method: Introduction
  • Scientific parameters
  • Physics and muscular vectorial analysis
  • Myofascial biomechanics
  • Dynamic and static balance
  • Sinusoidal vertebral subdivision based on mho-functional basis
  • The reference anatomical model
  • The “correct” posture following the Mezieres Method principles.
  • Biomechanics and differential vectorial analysis of the cranial-cerebral-sacral tract from the sagittal plane. Theory and practice.
  • Biomechanics and differential vectorial analysis of the scapulo-costal-verebral and scapulo-humeral relation. Theory and practice.
  • Static, visual and placatory objective examination from standing and supine position. Theory and practice.

Day 2:

  • Linear and non-linear physics.
  • Complex systems: definition and characteristics.
  • Muscular chains.
  • “Physiological” and “functional” causes for body symmetry loss.
  • “A priori” and “a posteriori” antalgic reflexes
  • Torque forces
  • Dynamic, visual and placatory objective examination from standing position, forward flexion and supine. Theory and practice.

Day 3:

  • Deep tissue massage and manual techniques of myo-fascial harmonisation following the Mezeires Method. Theory and practice.
  • Introduction to the therapeutic breathing. Theory and practice.

Day 4:

  • Supine work, sagittal plane, for the correction of:
  • Cranium
  • Hyoid bone
  • Cervical lordosis
  • Thoracic Kyphosis
  • Lumbar lordosis
  • Pelvis
  • Scapulo-vertebro-costal rhythm
  • Gleno-humeral rhythm

– Theory and practice

Day 5:

  • Supine with elevation of lower extremities work. Theory and practice.
  • Biomechanics and differential vectorial analysis of hip and knee.
  • Hip and knee treatment

Day 6:

  • Biomechanics and differential vectorial analysis of talo-crural joint and foot
  • Talo-crural and foot treatment
  • Sitting work. Theory and practice

Day 7 (last basic module day):

  • Mezieres assessment and treatment following the techniques covered so far

Day 8 (first advanced module day):

  • Biomechanics and differential vectorial analysis of:
  • Cranio-vertebro-sacral tract
  • Hyoid-vertebro-scapular rhythm
  • Scapulo-vertebro-costal rhythm
  • Gleno-humeral rhythm
  • Upper extremities

– Frontal and rotational plane. Theory and practice.

Day 9:

  • Correction manœuvres for:
  • Cranio-vertebro-sacral tract
  • Hyoid-vertebro-scapular rhythm
  • Scapulo-vertebro-costal rhythm
  • Gleno-humeral rhythm
  • Upper extremities

– Frontal and rotational plane. theory and practice.

Day 10:

  • Supine position treatment:
  • Cranio-vertebro-sacral tract
  • Hyoid-vertebro-scapular rhythm
  • Scapulo-vertebro-costal rhythm
  • Gleno-humeral rhythm
  • Upper extremities

– Frontal and rotational plane. theory and practice.

Day 11:

  • Treatment from supine position with elevation of lower extremities and from sitting position:
  • Cranio-vertebro-sacral tract
  • Scapulo-vertebro-costal rhythm
  • Gleno-humeral rhythm

– Frontal and rotational plane. Theory and practice.

Day 12:

  • TMJ and posture – links and connections. Theory and practice.
  • TMJ dysfunction treatment. Theory and practice.

Day 13:

  • Dynamic postural examination
  • Biomechanics and differential analysis of sterno-clavicular and gleno-humeral sub-luxations. Theory and practice.
  • Treatment of sterno-slavicular and gleno-humeral sub-luxation. theory and practice.
  • Guidelines: from the postural examination to the treatment plan. Identification of the primary therapeutic objectives. Theory and practice.
  • Scoliosis and orthopaedic spinal pathologies treatment following the Mezieres Method

Day 14 (last advanced module day):

  • Mezieres assessment and treatment following the techniques covered during the whole course
  • Certificates issuing.

DATES AND COST

April 14-15-16-17/2016

May 6-7-8/2016

June 2-3-4-5,/2016

July 1-2-3/2016

The cost for the course is £2000. We request a deposit of £800, with balance to be paid during the first weekend of course.

A valid CPD certificate for the equivalent of 115 hours will be issued to each participant.

PREPARATION

We suggest reviewing the musculoskeletal anatomy before the course.

RESTRICTIONS

All participants must hold an undergraduate training in physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic or medicine and must be registered with the relative regulatory body.

We advise participants to have professional liability insurance to cover them for the techniques covered on the course. We reserve the right to ask for proof of this to ensure eligibility.

For any participant that is or maybe pregnant when attending any of our courses with a practical component we advise they email us to let us know.

TUTOR

The teacher of the course is Mauro Lastrico. He graduated in physiotherapy in 1984 from Genova University, Italy. In 1988 and 89 he specialised in the Mézières Method at the Centre Mézières, Noisy sur l’Ecole, Paris, France. From 1984 to date he has been a freelance physiotherapist and since 1995, a teacher of the Mézières Method. Since 2002 he is responsible for the method’s training in Italy and founded AIFiMM (The Italian Association of Physiotherapists for the Mezieres Method).

AIFiMM is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Health as a provider of CPD professional update training for healthcare practitioners.

Since 2011 he is a Professor at Pisa Medicine University, teaching Clinical Posturology to Post-Graduate students.