The concept of joint and muscle group interplay was created in the late 60s by the Belgian physiotherapist and osteopath, Godelieve Denys-Struyf. Her strong sense of observation (helped by her extensive studies in art) allowed her to define and progressively adjust a global physiotherapist method which integrates body function and its unbreakable link with psychological behaviour. Her observations explain the psychosomatic consequences that sometimes can surprise at first reading, but they do reveal the relationship between musculoskeletal function and psychological status.
The GDS Method is a preventive as well as a therapeutic method which takes into account the relationship between mind and body. All parts of the musculoskeletal system are interdependent and are tools of psycho bodily expression: our mental tensions, our emotions, our feelings and our way of being all express themselves through the muscular system which influences our posture and our physical movements. When such tensions or actions are repetitive and prolonged, an excess of muscle tone occurs and cumulatively, step by step, causes regions of muscular tension to develop. This mechanism then determines in a progressive joint movement problems that we describe by the term musculoskeletal dysfunction.
GDS describes 6 functional muscle groups which are used in normal body movements. However, when these movements are excessive, muscular tension develops which forces the body into abnormally stiff positions thus reducing
liberty of movement and resulting in characteristic postures.
" It is not solely the musculoskeletal imbalance, the excessive tension, nor the rigidity that cause suffering. But it is about a PERSON who suffers. A person troubled in relation to its "terrain". To understand this person it is necessary to comprehend its terrain"
Godelieve Dennys-Struyf (GDS)