The Brügger concept – used to treat locomotor dysfunction.

Chronic incorrect muscular loading can diminish the ability of structures to repair themselves. Initially, this leads to muscular dysfunction, which, if not corrected, can cause structural changes. These changes are the result of the brain's protective mechanisms (neurological mechanisms), in which the body adopts kinetic or postural patterns to protect a painful area. The adoption of such abnormal patterns can be avoided if the locomotor system is used optimally – a situation which is only possible if the patient learns a correct physiological posture.

Objectives :
to identify and eliminate existing locomotive dysfunctions, and correct existing poor posture.

Practical day-to-day applications:
integrating posture correction techniques into the practical demands of daily self-care (ADL training [ADL = "activities of daily living"]).

Periodic physiotherapeutic monitoring:

Monitoring of
  • degree of functionality
  • quality of muscle function
  • functional dominance (primary movements: trunk and head/cervical spine and extremities)
  • impaired functions (pain, tiredness, weakness when moving joints)
The working hypothesis and test of active functions – consisting of the negative and the positive function test – ensues from the patient's medical history and the findings of initial examinations. The results give rise to the preparation of a new working hypothesis, which in turn forms the basis for the treatment programme/ ADL training.

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