Posture is so much more than just sitting or standing tall.  Posture is the arrangement of your bones, muscles and joints and how they relate to each other.  Muscles move bones.  Sounds simple, but that's the idea.  Our muscles are the ones doing the work or not working enough.  Our muscular system is responding to the daily stimulus you provide it, whether you are sitting at a desk all day or out running, biking and swimming.  When a muscle imbalance occurs, some muscles do more work and take over for the other muscles that aren't doing enough.  As the imbalance increases over time, your nerves, muscles and joints are compromised and begin to complain.  It may present itself as knee pain, a bunion, herniated disc, wrist pain, low back tightness or pain and so on.  

To alleviate pain and correct the muscular imbalances, I use a method called The Egoscue Method.  Egoscue is a postural therapy program designed to eliminate chronic pain without drugs or surgery. Founded by Pete Egoscue in 1978, the Egoscue Method focuses on a series of gentle stretches and exercises to correct misalignments in the musculoskeletal system of the body.  The body is intricately connected, so all of its systems and subsystems are interrelated and interdependent. When one part of the body is not working as it should, there can be a domino effect in which other areas of the body are thrown off. For example, if one hip is extra tight and not moving correctly it can cause abnormal tracking and problems to the knee and ankle below along with a possible overloading of the other leg.   In addition, the internal organs rely on proper alignment and movement of the musculoskeletal system to function correctly and efficiently for us. For example, if the upper back is rounded, it can restrict the amount of oxygen taken in, which compromises the respiratory system.  The Egosce Method treats the body as a whole unit. It teaches you how to regain control of your health without becoming dependent on another person or a machine.  Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself. 

So, how does it work?  We'll start with taking posture photos to determine your body's misalignments.  Then we'll go through some functional movement testing.  While taking into consideration your lifestyle, pain level, functional ability and goals, we'll come up with a plan of action to help you get pain free and reach your goals.  You can do sessions once or twice a week depending on your availability. Most people go through an 8-week process of daily alignment exercises to undergo a significant postural change.  Your pain should start decreasing within the first couple of weeks.  Let's see what your body needs to get you pain free and functioning at your highest capacity!

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