What is Postural Restoration?
Postural Restoration is a form of physical therapy treatment that encompasses the entire body and is based on the premise that the human body is not symmetrical. While this natural asymmetry is integral to normal function and a normal “imbalance” of the body, it can become problematic when overlaid with excessive dominance, injury or other compensation patterns. This can create structural weakness, instabilities or other musculoskeletal pain syndromes. The main focus of the treatment is identifying and correcting common postural imbalances and positional faults and restoring normal reciprocal function to all major body systems. By addressing the underlying postural patterns, we can more effectively treat the patient, and at the same time teach them how to prevent further injury.
Postural Restoration (often referred to as PRI) treatment is an integrative and holistic approach. Besides utilizing very specific exercises, manual techniques, and postural recommendations, we often utilize other professionals to address issues outside the scope of our practice that may be negatively affecting our treatment outcomes. We may refer patients to dentists and even optometrists to be fully successful. PRI trained therapists understand the direct relationship that these different professions have on postural alignment, and how that can affect the musculoskeletal system and physical therapy outcomes.
PRI can be helpful for some of the most common musculoskeletal issues including:
-SI joint pain and low back pain
-rotator cuff tendonitis
PRI may also be effective in the treatment of issues related to pelvic floor dysfunction, scoliosis, and headaches.
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Jolene Walsh, PT, MPT