Feel like you’ve been chasing that backache for years with little relief? Ever wonder why you just can’t run any faster even after training with a personal coach for 6 months straight? The human body was designed to be asymmetrical to fit the large vital organs and complicated internal structures which make us complex, dynamic mammals. Due to our natural asymmetry, the left side of our pelvis tends to rotate forward compared to the right side. While this asymmetrical pelvis position is completely normal, when the asymmetry gets too great, when it exceeds our natural ability to compensate, our body stops moving and breathing as it should causing limited functional patterns which can lead to over development of certain muscles, lack of flexibility, flat feet, lack of mobility, facial asymmetries, and so on. Overtime we begin to experience weakness, pain, and difficulty with movement and daily activity. Our bones and muscles become restricted and cannot move in their normal patterns. Traditional doctors often try and seek immediate relief of the symptom, without considering what may be causing the problem. Postural Restoration looks at the whole body to determine what the underlying structural imbalances are which may be causing symptoms.
Postural restoration is not new, but it is definitely gaining traction and becoming one of the leading therapies used by both professional athletes and individuals. There are only a handful of people that have been able to finish the rigorous training and education that is required to become certified in this field. Wendy Stevens, located in Portsmouth, NH is personally trained in Postural Restoration by James Anderson, MPT, PRC, partner and performance consultant for Applied Integration Consulting, Director of James Anderson Physical Therapy Consulting and Director of PRI Affiliate Courses. Wendy’s integrates her knowledge of Postural Restoration into all of her clients work.
“A Holistic Method That is scientifically Based”
What is Postural Restoration?
Anyone certified and trained in Postural Restoration has undergone extremely challenging course work and exams to understand the mechanics of the human body. The goal of the Postural Restoration Institute is "to explore postural adaptations and asymmetries and their influence on the polyarticular chains of the body." Founded by physical therapist Ron Hruska Jr., PRI, a multidisciplinary approach, PRI takes into consideration multiple systems. “It's not just about the orthopedic system or the muscular-skeletal system or the nervous system or the cardio-respiratory system. It's about how all of these systems work in an integrated system.” At a glance, Postural Restoration is an understanding and focus on movement quality recognizing the entire body and taking into consideration its multiple systems and how they work in an integrated fashion.
PRI aims to restore postural positioning to the way it's meant to be, allowing each area of the body to serve the purpose it was meant to serve. Our bodies are meant to have a certain posture, but our daily habits and movements, overtime, can significantly alter this natural posture. PRI aims as helping people relearn or restore their natural posture for optimal movement.
Who Needs PRI?
EVERYONE! Professional athletes have sought out Postural Restoration Trainers for years to improve their physical performance. However, it is also widely used in hospitals and physical therapy offices for people who may be recovering from a stroke, surgery or are suffering from chronic pain.
Postural Restoration for Fitness & Movement For Everyone
If you’re an injured athlete, looking to improve strength and mobility, a computer professional with aches and pains, an employee who has been injured on the job or just suffering from arthritis physical therapy is meant to get you back on the field, back on the job and back doing the things that you enjoy.
Wendy specializes in Postural Restoration Integration concepts, restoring function through respiration and alternating reciprocal movement. This includes:
Functional Balance Test