The human body is not symmetrical.

We have a large liver on the right side of our abdomen and a heart located mostly in the left thoracic wall. We have 3 lobes to our right lung and 2 lobes to our left lung. From a body movement aspect, we develop dominant hands, dominant legs and patterns of movement develop as well. These patterns of movement may make us more efficient with activities such as work, but they limit our ability to do things the same on both sides. This limited motion can cause imbalances in strength and chronic pain may develop.

A Postural Restoration Physical Therapist is trained to recognize, assess and treat biomechanical asymmetries that develop due to restricted motion in the body.

Treatment programs are designed to address these specific asymmetries and restore more symmetrical, efficient motion. Central to treatment is breathing re-education. Patients will often breathe shallow or more into one lung. Stressful situations often exacerbate breathing dysfunction. Poor breathing not only greatly affects body system function from a medical standpoint, but it limits proper rib cage and spine movement.

Postural Restoration can be beneficial for many conditions:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Balance Disturbance/Falls
  • Difficulties with Walking or Running
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Back, Hip or Sciatica Pain
  • SI Joint Sprains/Strains
  • Bursitis
  • Knee Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Headaches / Neck Pain
  • Fibromyalgia / Pain Management
  • Difficulties with Breathing
  • Athletic Performance Issues
  • Scoliosis
  • Incontinence
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Visual Deficits
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Stroke/CV