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Cross Syndromes/Janda’s Look at Posture

Posted Nov 23 2010 1:44pm

Two ladies Dr. Vladimir Janda was a leader in changing how we looked at the body and treatment of physical ailments.  He was a Czech neurologist and physiatrist.  He also had suffered with polio.  Though his own body and research, he came to look at the body’s organization instead of prior look at a specific body part.

The medical model has been to look at the pathology of specific static structures through special tests (X-Ray, MRI, CT Scan, etc).  Many medical practitioners do not know how to look at the organization of a moving body to understand poor function. This model can be good when there is acute injury or exacerbation like a car accident.

On the other hand, many injuries are the causes of poor function, muscular imbalances and overuse injuries.  A functional approach looks at the body; its processes and systems within the body.  Pain at a specific place is not always the originator.  Janda looked at how the neurological and muscular system can be reflected at different parts.

Join us this January with Dianne Woodruff teaching about Janda’s work.  I am so excited to have Dianne return back to Movements Afoot.  Her workshops last spring were amazing.

49 W. 27th St. Mezzanine B, New York City 212-904-1399

With Dianne Woodruff Date: Saturday January 15.2011 Time: 9- 5 PM  $200
Lower-Crossed Syndrome is a faulty postural pattern that starts from the feet and knees and shows up as an excessive lumbar lordosis and weak abdominal wall. The problem cascades into the upper body so that our dynamically self-regulating posture is compromised. Dr. Janda identified this problem as a series of dysfunctional muscular relationships which, when understood, can be changed and maintained. You will need a working knowledge of human anatomy.

With Dianne Woodruff Date: Sunday January 16.2011 Time: 9- 5 PM  $200
Upper-Crossed Syndrome is that slumped posture of the back/shoulders along with a forward neck and head. Learn how to recognize, assess and treat this wide-spread postural problem identified by the late Dr. Vladimir Janda. An understanding of this syndrome and how to work with it are excellent tools for solving postural issues in yourself or in your clients. Participants must have a working knowledge of human anatomy.

To register click here.

Dianne L. Woodruff, CMA, PhD, has been teaching for 35 years and has been in private practice for 20 working with people who have movement difficulties and unresolved myofascial pain. Her newest video, 3-D WORKOUT™, vol II, an integrated approach to fitness, was released in 2006.  A Certified Movement Analyst with a doctorate in Somatic Education, she developed the anatomy curriculum for Stott Pilates in Toronto. She writes and lectures

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