How does Postural Alignment Work?

Corrective Exercises and Stretches to Correct Posture Compensations

The Egoscue® Method is a Postural Therapy program involving a series of specific exercises for each individual. Why individualized excerises? Many people could be in the same room with the same pain, however the way their bodies have compensated for their pain is never the same.

Healing the Root Cause of Pain

Simple but very focused corrective exercises address the underlying root cause of individual pain instead of only treating symptoms. A body that is healthy, functional and pain-free comes from proper alignment, joint position and function.

Aligning the Body

The body is in alignment when all load bearing joints (ankles, knees, hips, shoulders) line up horizontally and vertically at 90 degree angles.

Retraining Your Muscles

You can implement new stimulus (movement and action) on a daily basis to change your body's muscle memory. Your bones will do what your muscles tell them! Arlene (above), who is 83 years old, made significant progress to realign her posture within 3 months.

Questions to Ask

Take a Posture Quiz

Standing in front of a full-length mirror:

  • Look at your feet. Does one turn out more than the other?
  • Do you notice different amounts of weight on foot more than the other?
  • Are your knees facing forward, or towards each other or turning out?
  • Is one hip bone higher than the other?
  • Is one shoulder higher than the other?
  • Turn to the side. Are your head and hips in front of your shoulders or ankles?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, your pain may be caused by muscular imbalances.

These imbalances develop as a result of activities in our daily lives. We may sit at desks for hour, drive long distances and spend time watching hours of TV. We also play sports that emphasize repetitive movement.

What stimulus may have negatively impacted your posture?

Click to request a free consultation and a free posture screening with Antje now!