Posture Alignment Therapy is a corrective exercise program that addresses the muscular imbalances that cause misaligned joint position, faulty movements patterns and eventual pain/symptoms. We look at the body as a whole, not just where you are presenting with symptoms, to put the posture puzzle pieces together. Gentle stretches and movements will specifically target the muscle groups that aren’t working properly in order to relieve the ones that are overworking (often the sight of your pain).
In standing position, your load bearing joints (see image) are designed to line up both vertically and horizontally. This way, the forces of gravity are evenly distributed.
As postural muscles become dysfunctional through daily misuse, disuse or injury, the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and essentially all systems of the body become compromised and are subject to compensation and eventual pain and injury.
Your body is a miraculous system that works as a unit and should be treated as such. By only focusing on the site of pain, you will not likely determine the cause of the pain. Your pain is the result of lack of movement somewhere in the body, not the cause. Together, we can find the areas that aren’t working and apply the appropriate amount of stimulus to regain your mobility and function.
Your alignment is dependent on muscular balance. All of your joints- ankles, knees, hips and shoulders- are designed to line up both vertically and horizontally (See Function Freddy Model, above). If there is any deviation from this when you stand or move, some muscles are over-working and others are under-working – you are out of balance. At some point those muscles and joints will let you know that something is wrong in the only way they can – pain! The human body’s design is sturdy and fool proof unless there are misalignments present. You are not broken, weak or old, you just don’t move enough to maintain your designed alignment. I am here to help!
The goal of Posture Alignment Therapy is to gently stretch, engage and strengthen the deeper postural muscles to facilitate them to function properly and maintain the correct alignment of your bones and joints. With better alignment, your body will be given the chance to fully heal. If the misalignment is not corrected, the faulty movement will continue to to cause damage. Drugs and surgeries will only provide temporary relief of SYMPTOMS. Fixing the alignment issue that caused the symptom will allow the body to function correctly, efficiently, and ultimately pain free for life.