Postural Reconstruction® (PR®) Physiotherapy is based on the work of French physiotherapist, Françoise Mézières, who developed her method «the Mézières Method» of morphological reconstruction in 1949. Through her careful observations, she learned how the body’s musculoskeletal system functions globally. From her analysis, she developed her unique approach to treat the body comprehensively, as a whole. She coined a phrase “restore the form in order to restore the function”. Her meaning was that if one concentrated on rehabilitating a healthy state of the soft tissues of the body, the form would restore itself and improved function would naturally follow.
Michael Nisand, a long-time student of hers, took over instruction of this method after her passing, associated it with the continuing education programming of the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France and re-named the technique Postural Reconstruction®. He worked tirelessly on educating willing physiotherapists internationally until a few years ago.
Postural Reconstruction® (PR®) is defined as a neuromuscular technique based on the concept that tonic imbalance in the muscular chains of the body leads to muscular shortening causing postural deformations, structural alterations, mechanical dysfunction, movement pattern disorder and pain.