Dr. Sapossnek has teamed up with Postural Restoration © certified physical therapist Dr. Frank Mallon, to offer Postural Visual Integrative therapies because vision, posture, and movement are tightly linked. Approximately 60-80% of the brain has wiring that goes through the visual system which strongly drives the function of the entire nervous system and thus, strongly influences posture and movement.
For example, you will assume a different posture standing at the edge of a cliff vs. standing in the middle of a parking lot based solely on what your eyes are seeing and what it all represents to you. You may assume an unnatural posture in a particular situation to see more clearly. For instance, while using a computer many people lean forward and hunch up their shoulders to see the computer screen or even mentally focus better. Dr. Sapossnek takes the above into consideration when prescribing the optics for lenses in general. She can be even more specific by designing therapeutic optics when working with Dr. Mallon who can assess the body’s response with a series of objective tests of body position and movement quality for someone with neuromuscular complaints.
When working together at Holistic Vision, Dr. Mallon, and Dr. Sapossnek test and observe patients with various therapeutic lens combinations to determine the best lens for the patient holistically. Together they can determine specifically how the body best functions to harmoniously integrate the musculoskeletal, neurological, and visual-spatial systems.
Some common conditions that this dual approach can help with include (but are not limited to):
Chronic pain and muscle tension (particularly in the neck, back or shoulders)
Dizziness and gait imbalance
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)
Excessive sympathetic drive
Feeling “out of body” or not connected to your body
Feeling like both sides of your body are not connected or are not synchronized with movement
Chronic plantar fasciitis
Recurrent ankle sprains
Disorders of hypermobility such as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome