1Do I have to purchase a bunch of expensive equipment?
The short answer is, no. The majority of exercises can be performed with items you most likely have at home. Usually a pillow, yoga strap, chair, wall and the floor will suffice. The one piece of equipment the vast majority of clients will need to purchase is the Egoscue® Multi-Positioning Tower. It is hard to properly makeshift it at home. It is well worth the investment. Your therapist will let you know what equipment you will need. That being said, we highly recommend using the equipment. Clients find that it makes doing their exercises easier and more convenient. We find that clients using the equipment tend to be more successful. You can find links to places that carry the equipment on the Equipment Page.
2Exercises?? I don’t know about that! I haven’t exercised in ages!
Good news, the exercises are not the typical exercises that one is accustomed to seeing in the gym. Think of these as gentle corrective exercises and stretches that are tailored to you in order to bring back balance and proper range of motion to your body. Some of the exercises are passive – you get to hang out and relax for a bit. Other exercises are more active – the active ones range from very easy to moderately challenging, but they are always based on a one’s own abilities.
3What if one of the exercises is painful?
Regarding pain, we need you to differentiate between pain and soreness. They are not one and the same. Muscles can become sore as you start to “wake them up”, but this should to diminish over time as your muscles adapt and adjust to the menu. If you are experiencing pain, put the exercise on hold and be sure to let your therapist know so any necessary menu adjustments can be made. This is not, “no pain, no gain” or “grit your teeth and bare it”. Listen to your body.
4How long will it be before I get results?
Each client responds differently, but you should feel different after your first appointment. As you continue the therapy process your body will continue to change and your awareness of your body will continue to grow, day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month. We have been doing our exercises for years and our bodies still continue to change for the positive.
5I want to get out of pain and fast!
Although some people do experience pretty immediate relief, to make the results long lasting is just going to take time. Remember that your body most likely didn't get into it's current position overnight, and so it's going to take some time to get out of it as well. The great thing is that it won’t take as long as it took you to get that way. The body has an intense desire to heal itself and so you should start to see results fairly quickly.
6How often do I need to do my exercise menu?
We ask that you do your your menu daily. Although some clients in the beginning will need to do their menu more than once per day. Remember, you do your menu daily to keep your body feeling good, just like you brush your teeth daily to keep them healthy.
7Why do I need multiple visits and how many visits will I need?
Misalignment happens over time (decades even) and so it takes time to correct. Most clients will use between eight and sixteen visits to get out of pain and back to the activities they love. Even if your pain goes away after the first visit it is important to continue the therapy process as we are going after what caused the pain, not the pain itself, so it doesn't come back. After they are pain free the clients who do the best long-term come in for maintenance visits at least twice a year (like one would go to the dentist).
8Do I have to keep doing my menus for forever?
Only if your goal is staying pain free and living the active life you want to lead! If you stop supplying your body with the positive stimulus of the e-cises and go back to the regular routine you were leading before therapy then your body will eventually go back to it's misaligned aways. Remember your body responds to the stimulus you give it, be it positive or negative. Doing Posture Therapy is really a lifestyle change, not a quick fix or bandaid.
9Can I continue with my current activities?
In general most activities and movements are positive stimulus when your body is correctly aligned. It is extremely important to listen to your body. If the activity feels good during and after and you enjoy it, keep it up. If your symptoms increase during or after then it may be necessary to put the activity on hold until the body returns to a more neutral position. We believe it is important to "straighten before you strengthen."
10How much does the therapy cost?
Posture Therapy requires not only a financial investment, but also a time investment. It is the time investment that is often the most challenging for people. Simply put, if you don’t the take time to do the exercises, your alignment is not going to improve. Your exercise menu (think food for your body) could take anywhere from twenty minutes and up to two hours to complete. While not every client requires two hours of therapy daily, some do, at least for awhile. That being said, the type of client this applies to is usually in so much pain that time isn’t an issue for them. As for the financial investment there are several therapy options. Each offers a different experience. There should be one that meet everyones financial needs. One option is to work face-to-face with your therapist in person or over Skype/Facetime. Another option is to do the Online Therapy and simply email your therapist posture photos. The final option is to do therapy via one of the books. After your free evaluation you should have a better idea of which option to go with. You’ll also have a better idea about how long your menus may take and how many visits you may need.
11Does insurance cover Posture Therapy?
Being non-medical, Posture Therapy is not directly covered by insurance. That being said, some clients have had success using their Health Savings Account or Flex Spending Account for therapy. Your therapist can't file anything directly with your insurance provider, but they will help you if they can by providing an invoice, letter of explanation, posture photos, etc. that you can send to your provider.
12I have (insert health concern), is this Posture Therapy right for me?
Only you can decide if Posture Therapy is right for you. With that said, we’ve worked with clients with all different types of health concerns. The list includes, but is not limited to: Head: headaches/migraines, TMJ, loss of balance, dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo Shoulders: rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, bone spurs Hands/Wrists/Elbows: carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, numbness/tingling, repetitive stress injuries, tennis elbow, tendinitis, cysts, bursitis Back/Neck: herniated/bulging/degenerative disks, sciatica, scoliosis, stenosis, spondylolysis, spondylosis Hips: degenerative hip, arthritis, leg length discrepancy Knees: ACL/meniscus injuries, cartilage loss, bursitis, arthritis, Backer’s cyst Ankles: sprains, Achilles pain, swelling, shin splints Feet: plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions/calluses/corns, hammertoes/flatfeet, neuromas, numbness/tingling Other: Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, MS, ALS, diabetes, digestive issues, urinary incontinence, stroke, CFS, pregnancy Feel free to contact us with any specific questions you might have.
13Is Posture Therapy different from yoga, Pilates or other such classes?
Yes. While yoga and Pilates can be beneficial in their own right, the majority their classes are group-based while posture therapy is personalized to each unique client. In group based yoga and pilates some of the exercises might be easy for one person, while impossible for the next. Posture Therapy uses a series of corrective exercises custom tailored to your body. The exercises are done in order to eliminate pain by removing your structural dysfunctions. Unlike in a class setting, you will work together with your therapist to develop each of your e-cise menus that will be personalized based on your needs and abilities each visit.
14I thought it was (insert activity) that was causing my pain?
Think about this for a second. If (insert activity) caused (insert your pain), then every person who did that activity would have that pain- and that is simply not the case. Or, if you have right knee pain, for example, then why doesn't your left knee hurt? It's been doing the same activity. We believe that it's the body you bring to the activity that is the problem; not the activity itself. It is your improperly aligned posture that is causing the pain. Realign the body, get rid of the pain, and get back to those activities you love, pain free.
15Well, don't I have pain just because I'm getting old then?
Let us ask you this… If arthritis, degenerative hips, knees, or back pain came with age, then logically wouldn’t everyone who is your age have them? Or, for example, if you have right knee pain, isn’t your left knee just as old? Why doesn't it hurt? We believe age has nothing to do with becoming pain free. We work with people who are pain free and 85 and people who already have a lot of pain in their teens and early twenties. Courtney was one of them. Check out her bio if you haven’t already to hear her story.
16But I’m overweight. Doesn’t this affect my pain?
If being overweight caused pain then wouldn’t everyone who is overweight have pain? We both know that this is not the case. We believe pain has to do with the body’s overall alignment and lack of range of motion and balance, which is what your therapy will target. As your alignment improves, so will the functioning of other systems in your body, which can also help to improve ones physique and promote weight loss.
17I’ve tried everything without lasting success, why would Posture Therapy be any different?
Most therapies focus on treating the site of your pain rather than the source of your pain and don't treat the body as a unit. When other treatments fail it’s often because they are missing something important. That missing piece if often your head-to-toe alignment. Schedule your free evaluation today and see if Posture Therapy is right for you.
18Is it ok to still see my massage therapist/chiropractor/physical therapist/etc. while doing Posture Therapy?
Absolutely. Posture Therapy can be great in conjunction with manual therapies. That being said, our goal is to put you in the driver's seat of your health so you aren't dependent on another person or machine to feel great. We want to help educate you and give you the tools so you can keep yourself feeling great for years to come.
19What if I travel? Will that mess up my therapy process?
No. We love to travel as well. We create your personalized exercise plans so they can fit with whatever type of lifestyle you want to lead. You just let us know when you need “travel friendly” exercises and we will get them to you.
20Will this program build strength as well?
Yes, Posture Therapy builds strength as well as increase overall body function. You should feel like your body is getting younger rather than older. Let us know in your initial survey if building strength is one of your main focuses and we will tailor your exercises to meet that goal.
21How can I get my family member, friend, or therapist to understand what you do so they can refer other clients to you?
The best way for someone to learn about Posture Therapy is to experience it first-hand. They can do this by setting up a free evaluation. Another great way to learn more about Posture Therapy is for them to check out the website or the first three chapters of Pain Free, by Pete Egoscue.