written by: Cathy Mann, LMT
Did you know that you are perfectly made? Are you aware of how AWESOME your body truly is? No?? What, are you too old? Too broken? If you're reading this and are in any amount of pain, be it new or a persistent chronic ache, you are most likely laughing at me for telling you this. YOU ARE. You are fully capable of moving without pain...heck..even living WITHOUT pain. The answer is postural alignment therapy.
Posture Alignment Therapy is a holistic exercise technique that uses gravity and a person’s own body weight to improve alignment and balance, naturally eliminating the underlying causes of pain and physical limitations.
These joints function best when horizontally and vertically aligned as shown in the image below:
The human body was designed to stand on two feet and to be in motion constantly in order to survive. The combination of gravity and movement is not only necessary to maintain the body’s skeletal alignment, but also critical for survival. At least that was the case prior to modern conveniences and technology. Today, we no longer need to move in order to survive. In order to make a living, most of us click a mouse, stand stationary, or perform the same movement patterns over and over.
The problem is simple - we do not move nearly enough to remain pain free and functional. And that’s where Posture Alignment Therapy comes into play. The program involves a customized sequence of simple, low-demand daily stretches and exercises that are designed to restore function and balance. It is your daily “menu”, so to speak. The menu does not focus on the symptom or the site of pain.
Instead, Postural Alignment Therapy addresses the underlying alignment issues that are causing the problem. When trapped in chronic pain, it can seem like you’ll never feel better and be able to live the life you want—especially if you’ve tried other therapies and drug-based treatments that only worked temporarily or not at all. While most chronic pain treatment methods only address symptoms or try to deaden or mask pain, we work to correct the postural issues that are at the root of your ongoing alignment pain.
Catherine Mann, a massage therapist trained in the Egoscue Method of Postural Alignment Therapy, is available for consultation and creation of a plan designed to get you and keep you out of pain, perform your particular sport better, or just feel and move better in all your comings and goings. Work one on one with Cathy by scheduling an appointment and be sure to follow her at Painfree Posture & Wellness on Facebook to get regular tips and ideas to reduce your pain today!