Posture Alignment FAQ


Posture Alignment Therapy FAQ

What is Posture Alignment and Movment Therapy?

Posture Alignment Therapy is a non-medical, non-invasive approach to help those with chronic pain, injury, movement limitations, and balance problems resolve these problems at their root cause.

This work is grounded in the science of biomechanics and neuromuscular functioning, which addresses the relationship between the structure, function, and movement mechanics of the human body. Although short-term benefits on symptoms and comfort in movement may be striking, Posture Alignment Therapy is not a quick fix. Instead, it is a more comprehensive program designed to work with the deeper causes of musculoskeletal pain and other problems without drugs, surgery, or manipulation.

Why is posture important?

Sedentary lifestyles, injuries, and other events in our lives restrict or hinder our ability to move as we are designed, causing the body to develop musculoskeletal dysfunctions and compensations. This changes how we stand, sit, and move, creating undue stress and strain on the body. Over time, chronic tensions, pain, and injury develop due to the longer-term stresses these imbalances bring about.

Posture therapy is designed to progressively restore the body to its designed posture and movement patterns, addressing and alleviating these deeper causes of chronic pain so the natural healing process can assert itself to get you back to an active, pain-free lifestyle.

How is this approach different?

We are unique in that our assessment and therapy do not focus exclusively on treating symptoms or the site of pain.. We understand that the site of pain is usually not where the problem creating the symptom lies. Instead, we focus on identifying the underlying root cause of the symptoms and pain by looking at the whole body and how it deviates from its fundamental design and optimal movement patterns.

Posture Alignment Therapy is also unique because we operate from the understanding that past and current injuries and symptoms often somehow relate to present posture and movement patterns. The body functions as an integrated whole, not as separate parts. This understanding allows us to more effectively address the root causes of difficult pain, balance, and movement challenges.

We start by identifying problematic alignment and movement patterns throughout the body. By treating the whole body posture and movement patterns, we can effectively relieve the stresses at the root of the symptoms. This is the difference between short-term symptom relief and long-term body restoration to a more fully functional and pain-free state.


What kind of pain may be alleviated?

It is common for people to come to us with any number of physical pain issues or diagnoses they may have received. Even though these problems may be linked to what shows up in X-rays, MRIs, and other compelling diagnostic evidence, we see these conditions as the effects of posture and movement imbalances that can benefit from our therapeutic movement and exercise protocols.

Hip pain, neck and shoulder pain, bursitis, arthritis, back pain, vertigo, headaches, nerve pain, and other joint pain issues, including degenerative conditions, may be helped with Posture Alignment and Movment Therapy.

We do not treat any disease or provide medical advice; we work with your medical doctors and other healthcare providers. Even as true medical disease is treated or ruled out by your doctor, we can work on the root causes of many physical problems often attributed to old injuries, genetics, "normal" aging, disease, and other factors.


Do I have to be in pain to benefit from Posture Alignment Therapy?

No, you do not have to be in pain to benefit from Posture Alignment Therapy. Our therapy is designed to improve overall function and movement in the body and can provide various benefits, even for people who are not currently experiencing pain. These benefits may include:

  • Improved athletic and artistic performance
  • Increased day-to-day comfort and ease
  • Improved overall balance and flexibility
  • Increased strength and metabolic activity
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Increased energy levels
  • More youthful posture
  • Increased self-confidence

How does Posture Alignment Therapy work?

osture Alignment Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that uses a series of exercises and re-patterning movement practices to return musculoskeletal balance and symmetry to the body. Muscles move bones, so if your body has lost its designed posture, muscles have moved your bones into dysfunctional alignment and movement habits

Posture Alignment Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive therapy that uses a series of exercises re-patterning movement practices to return musculoskeletal balance and symmetry to the body. Muscles move bones, so if your body has lost its designed posture, muscles have moved your bones into more dysfunctional position and habitual movement patterns.

Pain and other bofily sympotoms are the body's way of alerting you that your body isn't aligned correctly and, therefore, isn't moving as well as it may. Through our postural approach to sequencing and instructing the exercises and movements, your muscles and movement patterns are re-educated and reminded how they need to function to maintain proper alignment and more healthier and more optimal movement. When the body is moving optimally movement is more comfortble and becomes a foundation to our overall health and well-being at any age.

How long will it take for me to see results and feel better?

Everyone's situation is unique, so everyone progresses at a different rate. However, in most cases, clients feel different after their first visit. Aside from a positive impact on symptoms, clients often report feeling better weight balance, more relaxed or "looser," and taller. These experiences are a sign that improvements are occurring. Longer-lasting beneficial results are often experienced within 6-12 sessions, but results may vary.

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself if allowed to get back to a more optimal posture and movement pattern. Most of us didn't get into our current situation overnight, and we won't get out of it overnight. Our Posture Alignment Therapy program can be the missing piece of your healing journey toward a pain-free lifestyle by addressing the overall movement imbalance at the root of pain.

It is important to seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The results of this and any therapy may vary. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article. The results of Yoga, meditation, or other therapeutic or exercise work may vary.


What is the Therapy process?

This client-centered program consists of:

**Individual posture and movement analysis: This may include photos and movement tests to help identify the posture and functional movement issues at the root of the presenting concerns.

**A plan that is developed based on the analysis and your goals: This includes a specific prescription of systematic sequences of exercises and re-patterning movements to be done at home based on your goals and the time you can commit. Instruction in and recording of these exercies are provide to do at home and the crux of the therapy.

**Enhanced work: This includes more specialized Somatic-based neuro-muscular re-patterning movement sequences and additional strengthening and balance movement protocols as indicated to accelerate and enhance the therapy process.

**Instructions on performing the exercises include take-home instructions and recordings to support you as you practice the program independently.

**Follow-up re-assessments and program adjustments: This will deepen the benefits and maximize progress.

How often do I have to do the exercises?

We ask that you do your exercises, which we call your "menu," daily. Some clients may need to do their menu more than once per day. The therapy program is designed to systematically and methodically chip away at your dysfunctions and compensations. We have to remember that healthy change is a process that takes time. That said, by doing your menu daily, you give your body the positive stimuli it needs to restore proper alignment and eliminate pain!


Do I have to do all the exercises in my menu?

Yes, you need to do your full protocol at least once per day, in the given order. One exercise sets up the next, so sequencing is important. Outside of that time, you can do any exercises that you feel benefit your body.

Is it normal to feel sore after doing my menu?

Some soreness may occur with the changes that come with the therapy process, and can be a good thing as it can signal muscles awakening and beginning to become functional. In this case, it should diminish the more times you do your menu as your muscles adapt and adjust to the new work. Of course, some soreness is different from pain. If you are experiencing true pain or other symptoms, let us know so any necessary adjustments can be made.

Is Posture Alignment Therapy covered by insurance?

Because it is a non-medical, this therapy is not directly covered by insurance. However, many of our clients have had success getting reimbursed from their insurance provider for at least some of what they pay. We do not file anything directly with your insurance provider. Still, we will offer supporting statements/explanations of your therapy in support of any reimbursement for which you may be eligible. Many of our clientele have been able to use their health savings account or flexible spending accounts to pay for the therapy. Discuss this with your accountant to help you determine if that is possible for you.

What will I be required to do in this therapy?

Posture Alignment Therapy is an investment in terms of both time and finances. Your therapy menu will take 20 minutes to an hour and a half to complete. Twenty minutes to forty-five minutes are the most common time frames. Although most clients don’t need more than 30-45 minutes or so, those who do are in so much pain they will do their sequence daily, regardless of how long it takes. The exercises and movements are generally not physically demanding, as traditional workouts and protocols are determined based on your abilities. You are in control of your time commitment and are asked the time commitment you wish to make to your therapist during the sessions.

How much does it cost?

Because needs, capabilities, and therapy goals vary, we offer different therapy packages and experiences: You can work face-to-face with a therapist in person or via Skype/FaceTime/Zoom video options. We can work together to determine which option suits you best and get an idea of how many visits you may need. Group classes in our healing modalities can be another support and adjunct to individual sessions to improve your success.

Can I still see my chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, or other health practitioner while doing Posture Alignment Therapy?

Yes, Posture Alignment and movement therapy can be used in conjunction with many different healing modalities. The therapy program is designed to bring your health back into your hands and back to your hands over time so that you aren’t dependent on another person or machine to achieve your optimal state of health. To do this effectively integrating different discilplines and your other activities amy need to be addressed for optimal benefits.

Our goal is to add insights and practices that empowers and educate you on what you must do to fix yourself to supports all you do to sustain your active lifestyle.

How is Posture Alignment Therapy different than Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga or Pilates?

Though my background is as a Yoga instructor and therapist with challenging pain and movement concerns, I have come to understand that often a different, more targeted approach is needed to help restore better movement comfort and health. Our approach addresses the deeper muscle imbalances in chronic pain and movement challenges that have taken root over time. Therapeutic interventions consist of a specifically tailored set of exercises and moment sequences designed to eliminate these primary movement pattern and postural dysfunctions that are causing your pain.

In group classes, everyone generally does the same exercises, poses, or moves in ways often less directed toward individual needs. Ours is a progressively client-centered process where therapist and client work together to develop exercise and movement protocols, building on what your body can do functionally at each session.

Do I need to purchase expensive equipment?

While specialized equipment is available to help perform some of the exercises, most of our exercises can be performed with items you have lying around your house. We can offer links to the more specialized props if you wish and as needed.

How do I find out more?

I invite you to explore this functionally based posture therapy and corrective movement re-patterning work. Read more about how this works to help you get back the life you love here.

You can also click here for a PDF of my brochure with more information about me and the program.

For more information on this posture and movement therapy or to set upa free consultation, please contact me here or at (203)488-1700.

***The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article. Please note that the results of any Yoga, meditation, or other therapeutic or exercise work may vary. Read our disclaimer for more information..