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Bio Balance

Promoting the inner physician

The Bio Balance concept combines hands-on treatments with functional training to activate the body’s self-healing powers on a bio-mechanical and energetic level. It prepares the body well for other symptom-focussed therapies and brings added benefit to our classic curative treatments.

Bio Balance, developed over eight years, is a unique method combining Myoreflex therapy, acupressure massage and the latest developments in sports science around body mechanics and functional training.

The aim of Bio Balance is to reverse body tensions that get entrenched as a result of our sedentary lifestyles and that can, when unchecked, lead to physical pain and orthopaedic conditions of joints such as hip, spine, neck and knees. Bio Balance also has a positive psychological effect.

Positive Effect

The real success begins after the reset! 

Bio Balance treatments followed by physical training quickly resets muscle memory and coordination to help you achieve smooth and symptom-free movement, while also positively affecting your neurological pathways. The result is immediate, lasting and positive effects on your musculoskeletal system, energy system and emotional state of mind.

Move freely, sleep deeply, think clearly!

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More about Bio Balance

Our lifestyle does not match our body!

Instead of covering long distances on foot each day to gather food or hunt, our physical activity has declined to a minimum. Making our way to the fridge, to the fast food restaurant around the corner, to the canteen, or to the supermarket is sufficient to satisfy our need for food. Technical and medical progress of the last 5,000 years has consistently halted further evolution.

250 generations of medical care are not enough to adapt a body to this change of lifestyle through evolutionary development. Thus, our body has stopped at this stage of development, namely, it was built for hunting and gathering – but our lifestyle has changed!

The sedentary person

At the beginning of civilised life, when entering preschool, normally at the age of three, children learn to carry out various activities while seated in preparation for schooling. From the beginning of school, children (just like we adults) spend an average of 9.8 hours a day seated.

This pattern of posture, practised on a daily basis, is promoted throughout the growth phase, so that the sitting posture is by now accepted as normal. Pelvis tilted, hip hugely contracted, back rounded, shoulders turned inwards, head pushed forward to see the screen better ... but as it has become so normal, many have already embraced this posture. “Just sit down!” – how does it actually work? and why in actual fact sit?

Player and opponent - the economy of movement

Several muscles are involved in one movement. At least one executing muscle, “the player” and the corresponding “opponent”, which must relax during the corresponding movement, otherwise no movement takes place.

If the opponent is unable to relax properly, the player must expend more effort to execute the movement against the opponent's resistance. The increased resistance is now absorbed by the joint, which is stressed under increased contact pressure of the joint surfaces more than is necessary. This overloads the player, which has to do more work than is actually required. The overloading is frequently perceptible as tension in conjunction with tension pain.

Long-term, daily overloads on individual joint systems over time lead to degeneration of the joint surfaces and their structures and may also cause specific symptoms and signs of wear and tear.

Psyche and posture

In addition to the consequences for the musculature and thus the functional anatomy and its complex connections, this inculcated posture also has an impact on a person’s psyche. Since we know that our body is the expression organ of our inner psyche, by implication then, the training of certain forms of posture also leads to effects in the realm of the psyche.

Compare posture in the workplace with that of a despondent person. Do you see the high degree of correlation? If we already know that posture is an expression of our inner psyche, is it advisable to practise a posture that is typical of depression?

To regard our body as the most essential means of expression and action is due to the progress of interdisciplinary approaches (see the Zurich Resource Model). It is the mirror of our actions, experiences, and emotions. A communication tool controlled by sensory perceptions. It’s the effector of our thoughts and ideas. If it is limited in its function, our body limits our potential to act.

The consideration of our physical ego, with a great deal of autonomous and, of course, learned competence, is markedly helpful in treating people from a holistic point of view. Learned inaction through instilled sitting is one of the most important topics in the evaluation of degenerative diseases.

This makes our “muscle organ” the centre of our emotional health. We have forgotten about the ability to self-regulate and reach equilibrium, to a great extent, through this instilled tension without compensation through movement. However, this ability to self-regulate is one of our body’s most important abilities. Our “inner physician” provides the main work in any kind of necessary inner healing processes.

Likewise, the many small insignificant impairments, from a conventional medical perspective, due to daily sitting, lack of exercise and nutritional deficiency, cause a high level of regulatory disorders overall.

Every movement, whether conscious or unconscious, has a neurological component. This means that movement is initiated via the control centre and activated in the flow to the executing contracting muscle via nerves, fascia, energy supply and transmitter chemicals. This pathway and the actual systems involved provide information concerning possible disorders within the organism.

What happens if I go to the gym without treatment? ...

Training stabilised! Whoever does not consistently work against the instilled contractions through practise, consolidates the already restricted structures and thereby poor posture. Professional guidance from individually-tailored functional training is crucial in the development of healthy and efficient movement processes and other bodily functions.

Tensions and possible consequences

If one looks at the relationships involved in movement, it becomes clear just how complexly our general health is tied to the musculoskeletal system. It becomes clear which health disorders ultimately surface through the musculoskeletal system. Conversely, treatment of the musculoskeletal system is decidedly helpful for the promotion of essential self-healing processes.

Consideration of individual joints such as the hip or shoulder joint is helpful.

Due to our forward-contorted posture (head and shoulders pushed forward, rounded back – if possible with picture) there is often a huge contraction of the pectoral muscles (pectoralis major and minor) and a contracted and strained anterior neck musculature (sternocleidomastoid and scalenus muscles). As a consequence, not only is the humerus pulled forward and inward from the sensitive shoulder joint, for reasons of necessary compensation, the opposite parts of the rotator cuff also reflexively tension themselves and thereby ensure high tension around the joint. This high tension pulls the humerus into the shoulder joint and the arm or the shoulder joint moves under increased tension in the joint with corresponding signs of wear and tear on the passive structures and the inadequate capacity to regenerate, which strongly encourages the development of impingement syndromes or a frozen shoulder.

Likewise, carpal tunnel syndrome is not uncommonly found without observing that the nerve that supplies the hand (brachial plexus) and the artery (brachial artery) have to pass through several anatomical bottlenecks. For example, the thickened muscles, which are hypertrophied due to constant tension, press on nerves and blood vessels and thus place them under stress, as seen here in the example of the anterior neck musculature, the scalenus muscles and the already-mentioned chest muscles, the pectorals. The sole measurement of conduction in the hand is therefore no clear proof of a real tightness in the carpal tunnel of the hand, the complaints can also be caused by muscular tension of these structures. This investigation (for example, by treatment) seems useful before the palm is cut open and a bony channel is gorged out.

These examples exist for virtually every joint or joint system involved in posture, such as hip and knee joints or the typical sections of the spine in the lumbar and/or neck regions.

Organic impairments as a result of muscular tension

Posture when seated has several effects due to its impact on the diaphragm, which result in a logical consequence.

Normally, the chest would be erect when standing and the diaphragm would be able to relax during exhalation to aid exhalation and ensure the removal of CO2.

Energy Provision – Exhaustion – Burn Out

When seated, however, the abdominal organs press from below against the diaphragm. In the hunched posture, the space for the abdominal organs is restricted. Thus, the abdominal organs push upwards into the only displaceable area against the diaphragm. The diaphragm, as a displaceable element, gives way upwards but at the same time suffers loss to its respiratory support, as it cannot completely relax and thus empty the lungs accordingly. As a result, a portion of CO2 remains in the lungs and impairs the uptake of oxygen. Now, less oxygen can be taken up and transported to the cells, where energy production takes place for the most part through oxygen combustion – one of the possible causes as to why energy production becomes affected and general fatigue and a lack of energy can result from poor posture.

Cardiac stress due to the demand for space

The same constriction of the chest cavity and the increased strain on the diaphragm creates stress on the apex of the heart. The heart has to generate the same pumping performance under increased pressure. The heart solves this problem simply by exerting more pressure and beating faster. This means a raised high pulse rate and high blood pressure.

The pylorus and acid reflux

As the oesophagus pushes through the diaphragm and the pylorus is at the level of the diaphragm, a strained or rather, a diaphragm which is unable to relax may impair the closing mechanism of the pylorus. Consequently, it can be observed in practice that acid reflux symptoms can be significantly improved by regulation of the diaphragm tension.

The snare of sitting and the competitive sport

Even competitive athletes have been to school and have had instilled into them during their growth phase between 3-18 a daily posture of sitting, which contracts the posture at the front of the body – and indeed with considerably more cost over time than is demanded for actual time in sports training. This instilled imbalance of tension between the flexor and extensor musculature also affects the athlete's performance.

A biomechanical (tension) balance has in general a decidedly positive effect on endurance athletes, since the economy of movement plays a decisive role in competition. The easier movements can be performed (without having to overcome internal resistance), the more effective the energy supply has on performance.

Interaction of the systems

In the treatment of complex structures, several mechanisms of action and their consequences are addressed simultaneously.

In actual fact, these sit one on top of the other:

  • Muscular tension flows by coordination of flexor and extensor muscles
  • Fascia flows
  • Lymphatic flow
  • Neurological pathways
  • Meridian flows

The anatomical tension flow of the muscles, which contract through constant sitting, has interactions and/or similar flows in the fascia system. The fascia system is now regarded as an information transmitter in addition to our nervous system. In addition, the lymphatic system is a primary detoxification mechanism; which is also impaired in its function by the contraction of the front of the body. Another regulative mechanism is the energetic system that developed in Asia through 5,000 years of alternative medicine and represents an established treatment methodology. The energetic flow is also negatively impacted by areas of muscular tension.

The supporting of the body through the activation of varied self-healing powers is therefore particularly effective and helpful. 

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