What is the Bugnet method?
Bugnet posture resistance therapy is a exercise method for patients who have problems with stability, posture and mobility.
The position of posture resistance therapy in physiotherapy is in the physiotherapists sector. See left-hand toolbar, Bugnet Method.
How does this method work?
The exercises work on the basis of the posture reflexes which are the basis of coordinated posture and movement patterns. If a person is asked to maintain a certain position when a force which threatens to change this position is applied, the person will flex a large number of structures (muscles, tendons, plantar fasciitis). This is called posture resistance. Scientific insights into myofascial force transmission underline the effect of this therapy.
By exercising the muscle chains and related structures, coordinated posture and movement patterns are learnt (again) and maintained, depending on the complaint and the relevant options. The body becomes stronger, more stable and less sensitive to symptoms of strain.
When can the method be used?
The method was used in the past for the treatment of polio and scoliosis. The number of indications was expanded due to the positive results. The posture resistance exercises can be used in the treatment of various neurological, orthopaedic and rheumatic disorders and lifestyle and work-related complaints where there is a reduction in the capabilities of the posture and movement apparatus.
This exercise method can be widely used.
- Neurological disorders. Think of paresis/ paralysis, peripheral nerve injury, hemiplegia, spina bifida, (post) polio, dystrophy/ regional pain syndrome.
- Posture deviations. Think of scoliosis, kyphosis, kyphoscoliosis, also with corset/ brace.
- Hypermobility and hyperlaxity, HSD, EDS, Marfan. Think of complaints stemming from over-activity, such as back problems at various levels, (sub) luxations of various joints, tiredness/ pain, strained ligaments and tendons in feet, knees, pelvis/hips etc.
- Chronic pain and joint strain. Think of sprains, unsteady walking, pelvic pain/ instability, movement problems, X-legs, O-legs, weak/
- limp posture and muscle weakness.
- Retaining/ improving motoric functions. Think of immobilisation in plaster/ corset/ brace, wheelchair use, before and after surgical procedures and bedridden patients.
- Whiplash-related complaints. Think of pain and instability during everyday movement, finding a less painful/ tiring posture, headaches, etc
- Lifestyle complaints due to long-term damaging postures and movements. Think about RSI/ arm, neck and/or shoulder complaints, symptoms from repetitive movement in sport activities.
The exercise programme can usually be learnt relatively quickly and can then be maintained by the patient himself. You may apply for treatment via CONTACT, preferably by sending an email.
There are few physiotherapists in The Netherlands who offer this therapy.