The Postural Restoration Institute is a company focused on exploring and improving the postural adaptations and asymmetries that patients develop, especially in regards to the way they change and influence the polyarticular (pronounced: pah-lee-ar-tik-yoo-lur) chains or collection of joints of your body. For more information on how our practice has adopted methods used by the Postural Restoration Institute, and how these methods may benefit you, contact Choice Therapy today.
What is postural restoration?
The Postural Restoration Institute was established in the year 2000, and it has grown rapidly since. There are now just over 200 Postural Restoration Certified professionals, over 50 Postural Restoration Trained professionals, and over 80 Postural Restoration Centers across the country. Postural restoration focuses on several key aspects that link postural dysfunctions to the interference and damage on polyarticular chains, including:
- Asymmetrical function
- PRI neuromuscular orthotic principles
- Recognition of altered systemic muscles
- Polyarticular muscular chains
- Hemispheric plasticity
- Regulatory functional lateralization
- Unilateral compensatory patterned function
- Multi-faceted approach of non-linear treatment
- Imbalanced inhibition vs. balanced strengthening
The mission behind postural restoration
When the Postural Restoration Institute was established, it was done so as a way to explore and explain the “hows” and “whys” behind postural adaptation. This includes both the scientific and medical explanations behind asymmetrical patterns and their influence on the polyarticular chains of muscles.
Those who seek certification and training in postural restoration are committed to correcting dysfunctions through innovative treatments. Postural restoration as a form of therapy treatment is meant to address, diagnose, and treat the primary contributions of postural kinematic movement dysfunction. Essentially, these treatments get to the root of the problem and aim to correct the dysfunction, rather than simply masking the symptoms.
Simply put, postural restoration is a method that strives to improve the practice of physical medicine. The Postural Restoration Institute is a way to create and provide resources, educational opportunities, patient-care programs, and research to those who are committed to gaining expertise in the most contemporary, innovative, and effective methods of patient care. Postural restoration professionals have extensive knowledge on how asymmetrical affects interfere with the human body, including:
- Neuromuscular applications
- Postural imbalances
Postural restoration at Choice Therapy
At our northern Minnesota therapy practice, you know you’ll be treated by some of the most experienced physical and occupational therapists in the area. We have trained professionals in the field of postural restoration who would be happy to help you relieve your pain and regain your optimum function once again.
At your initial appointment, you will undergo a thorough evaluation with one of our highly-trained and Postural Restoration Certified therapists. Your evaluation will assess your postural dysfunctions, asymmetrical adaptations, interferences on your polyarticular chain, and accompanying symptoms. After your evaluation, one of our northern Minnesota physical or occupational therapists will create an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs, in order to help you achieve postural restoration. To get started on your path towards improved posture, contact Choice Therapy today.
The basis for postural restoration therapy is to recognize the imbalances and typical patterns associated when an individual overuses one side or one system of the body to the point that other areas become weak and inefficient. When normal imbalances are not regulated by reciprocal function during walking, breathing, or turning, a strong pattern can emerge. This creates structural weakness, instability, and musculoskeletal pain syndromes. The therapists at Choice Therapy have special training in the postural restoration techniques to return you to normal functioning. Contact us to get a more detailed explanation of what postural restoration can do for you.