How Do I Know If Posture Alignment Therapy Is For Me? Ask yourself the following questions.
1. Is your Massage Therapist constantly having to work on the same tight muscles?
2. Does your Chiropractor have to constantly manipulate the same areas of your spine/body?
3. Do your chiropractic adjustments last a short time? Have you wondered why?
4. Have you been told you have a difference in your leg lengths and need shoe inserts?
5. Have you gone through repetitive rounds of physical therapy that was helpful while in treatment, but did not last once your treatment ended?
6. Have you had surgery or physical therapy to address a pain issue only to go through the surgery and subsequent physical therapy only to feel the same or worse than when you started?
7.Have you placed your pain relief in another persons hands and given them the responsibility for making you well to no avail.
8.Has your quality of life gone down because pain keeps you from living your life and doing the things you love to do everyday.
9. Are you still in pain in spite of drugs, cortisone injections, surgery, joint replacement, physical/athletic therapy, chiropractic and other forms of treatment?
10. Have you eliminated activities you love to do because of pain.
11. Have you changed how you perform basic tasks because of pain or physical limitations?
If you answered 'yes,' to any of the questions listed above, then Posture Alignment Therapy is for you!
NEED MORE CONVINCING? Take the following tests
Test #1 - The Talking Feet Test Take a small walk around the room then stand in your normal position and close your eyes. Close your eyes and focus in on your feet. Do you feel the weight to be more on your left foot, more on the right or evenly balanced between the two?
Now compare one foot to the other. Do you feel the weight to be more on your heel(s), more on the ball(s), or are you evenly balanced between the front and back? Is the weight the same on both feet or different?
Can you feel body weight on the inside or outside edge of the foot, or is it spread equally across the entire foot. Is it the same or different when comparing one foot to the other?
Now open your eyes and look down at your feet. Are your feet located directly underneath your knees and hips, pointing straight ahead at a 12 o'clock position?
If not what time are they showing/where are they pointed (e.g. 11 o'clock, 10 o'clock, 1 o'clock)? Do they point out or in equally as compared to one another, or are they at two completely different time locations?
Test #2 - The Window To The Pelvis
Now you know which way your feet point. Let’s move up and visually assess and look at your knees. What are they telling you? Are they facing straight ahead or are they presenting differently from one another. Many different variations can occur. They can turn out, turn in, or each can do the opposite. And as with your feet, if they turn out or in, do they both turn out equally, or does one turn more than the other?
The knees tell us an awful lot about what’s happening in your body and with your posture… You could call them the window to the pelvis.
These, are just a few examples of common indicators that there is a muscular imbalance in your body. They can be fixed with Posture Alignment Therapy!
Test #3 - Look in the full length mirror.
Look at yourself in the mirror. From a standing position, do your feet turn out or are they positioned differently than one another?
Look at your hips. Does one look higher or more forward versus the other?
Do your clothes hang evenly on your torso?
Are your shoulders level? Or does one appear closer to your ear or to the mirror as compared to the other?
Is your head centered directly over your breastbone? Or does it tilt or rotate more toward one side or the other?
Try standing on one leg. Can you stand and balance with ease on one leg without losing your balance? Did you wobble? Did you lean to one side or rotate your hips and/or shoulders?
Now switch legs and try it again. Is it the same? Harder? Easier?
Can you stand with heels, butt, shoulders and head against the wall?
We treat the body as a UNIT. Everything in the body is integrated, especially the Musculoskeletal system. A disturbance in a muscle, joint, structure will deeply effect the other joints, muscles and structures, cascading through the entire structure. It is a fact: muscles move bones. Bend your arm, various arm muscles did the job to pull two bones closer together, bending the elbow. Muscles can move bones out of place over time and can move those bones back into place too - with the right stimulus.
A body that is healthy, functional and pain-free comes from proper postural alignment, joint position and function. This is what separates us from any other fitness and pain reduction programs and has a 97% success rate.
Affectionately Known as Functional Freddie
It is not enough to "Train the Core" by strengthening the abs and lumbar muscles because these functions are dependent on where the primary load joints are placed upon each other.
6 Degrees of Separation
Many people don't know, doing abdominal sit ups utilize the trunk flexors (the abs) AND depending on how high the upper body comes up off the ground, the hip flexors (powerful groin muscles). Crunching your abs where your upper body comes higher than 6 degrees off the ground, you are now strengthening your hip flexors too. Hip flexors flex the hip and if overly strong will pull the pelvis forward and down. The pelvis should be level not tipped forward, forward and down or backward. If your pelvis is already tilted forward (anterior pelvic tilt or you have been told you have lordosis) you are now increasing the tilt, your lumbar curve and the dysfunction.
Being Pain Free doesn't come from a pill bottle, a surgeon's knife, a brace, it comes from within you and your desire to become pain free. Hard work and dedication will get you through the program and your results will be astonishing. Hundreds of thousands of men and women, over the course of the past 25 years have read Pete Egoscue's bestselling book "Pain Free", and have received posture alignment therapy based on The Egoscue Method. They are living testimonials to Pete's revolutionary method of success. Individuals just like you have transformed their lives as they've rediscovered the joy and health they thought were lost forever.