Of muscles and emotions


It’s simply fascinating to witness a patient’s personality profile change as they are regaining the capacity to move freely.

Of course, you move better… you are happier… it does make sense. Yet, some of the changes we see in patients are quite profound and they beg the questions: why and how is this taking place?


Let’s take a look at the brain to figure this out and focus initially on the limbic system.

The limbic system regulates emotions, memory and hormonal control and it is built to work as a unit with the prefrontal cortex.


The prefrontal cortex is responsible for planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision-making, and moderating social behavior.

And if the prefrontal cortex is not directly responsible for movement, it does send connections to areas involved in movement control, such as the frontal cortex.

As a child develops, the feelings of pleasure and discomfort are the motivation for the infant to move and experience. In that regard, the limbic system links up with the motor systems as both develop in synergy.


The prefrontal cortex is then closely connected with the limbic system. It also shares important connections with other brain areas responsible for movement such as the cerebellum and the basal ganglia as well as the reticular ascending system of the brainstem.

When these areas are not well linked, and they link up mostly until the age of 8 or 9, some primitive reflexes relating to the management of fear, for example, remain active.

These retained reflexes affect posture and movement. Movements and emotions are one.

Two of the reflexes usually involved as they are retained are the:

– Fear Paralysis Reflex

– Moro Reflex


So how can Posturology and a movement based therapy help?

Posturology will rewire the brain to develop optimal motor patterns, retracing the linking up of the motor areas of the brain (prefrontal lobe, cerebellum and basal ganglia).

By doing so, in the big picture, we balance the brain to better manage the emotional factor!


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