Brief history of Posturology

Posturology is the study of posture. It is an unconventional methodology based on neurophysiology. It originated in France around 1960, by Jean-Bernard Baron, a French neurophysiologist, who created the ISPGR (International Society for Postural and Gait Research). The ISPGR is still in existence and organizing international courses and lectures on fundamental posturology. A world renowned, and well known member of this organization, since 1973 is Dr Pierre-Marie Gagey. Dr. Gagey is a French physician based in Paris, who through many years of scientific and medical research developed an approach for applying postural controls to health care. He has published several significant studies in this field.

Clinical Posturology is the application of this science to individuals suffering from various diseases related to postural dysfunctions. Posture allows individuals: (1) to build and adopt an upright position (2) to stabilize this position, in static or dynamic situations, (3) to develop a spatial knowledge of the body (cognitive function) in relation to its environment.

Posture is the result of the involvement of a complex multimodal sensorimotor system  including cognitive functions., that cannot be nowadays ignored by specialists of movement, back pain specialists, sport managers and many other specialists of dysfunctions of the body.