Global Postural Re-education – GPR

Realign Physiotherapy is one of the few physiotherapy practices in Australia offering Global Postural Re-education - GPR.

Global Postural Re-education, widely known by RPG®, its French acronym, is an innovative method of postural correction developed by the French Physiotherapist Philippe Souchard. It was originated from his publication “Closed Field” in 1981, in France, following 15 years of research in the biomechanics field. Prof Philippe Souchard travels around the world teaching his method to thousands of Physiotherapists, with regular courses in 18 countries.

How is the treatment with RPG®?

RPG® sessions are usually 45 to 60 minutes long, and they can be done either once or twice a week. The frequency and duration will depend on the injury, patient’s age and severity of symptoms.
The RPG® method uses manual therapy along with a progressive sustained stretch in six different POSES to promote joint decompression, body realignment and pain relief. The patient’s active participation improves self-awareness of body image and muscular strengthening leading to long-lasting structural changes.

 

RPG® particularities

GPR works on specific POSES

  • The poses in GPR are designed to allow the Physiotherapist to perform micro-adjustments during a sustained progressive stretch of musculature chains. GPR changes body shape, promotes joint decompression, manages pain and improves overall function of the musculoskeletal system.

Particular attention to the expiratory cycle of breathing

  • Somatic or psychological dysfunctions can affect the breathing cycle and our posture. RPG® uses the expiratory cycle of breathing to correct blockages and increase thoracic flexibility, promoting global stretching and correction of spinal curvatures.

RPG® Indications

The method can be used in a wide of pathologies in different fields of Physiotherapy

Musculoskeletal conditions

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Disc protrusions/ herniations
  • Sciatica
  • Chronic pain
  • Sacroiliac dysfunctions
  • TMJ disorders
  • Postural deviations

Pregnancy and post-partum care

  • Reducing back and neck pain
  • Improving pelvic floor strength
  • Improving pelvic stability
  • Improving posture

Neurological conditions

  • Parkinson’s disease – Kyphotic posture, rigidity, generalised muscle pain
  • Spasticity – improving and avoiding muscular retractions

 

Respiratory

  • Asthma & Bronchitis - improving inspiratory muscles length and lung capacity

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