Postural Restoration®

WHAT IS Postural Restoration®?

The anatomy of every person is asymmetrical, which influences posture and movement. These anatomical asymmetries often cause imbalances in our muscular, neurological, skeletal, respiratory, circulatory, and visual systems. When these imbalances among systems persist over time without correction, simple functions like walking, sitting, reaching, turning, standing or even breathing can form strong patterns that negatively influence muscle function and structural alignment. Such patterns create musculoskeletal weaknesses, instabilities, inefficiencies, and pain.

Our Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) specialist recognizes the body’s natural asymmetry and provides revolutionary treatment approaches to correct the unnatural system imbalances that cause the body to get “stuck in a pattern.” Our PRT first assesses the underlying system disuse, misuse, or overuse. We then work with the client to achieve proper body function via postural exercises that reposition, restore and retrain the neuromuscular system that, over time, corrects the body’s faulty movement patterns. By directly addressing both – the manifested postural pattern(s) and the underlying system imbalance(s) – we can more effectively treat our clients, while teaching them how to alleviate pain, prevent injuries, and increase performance. Our ultimate goal is for our clients to better manage their own health.


Most people think their body is symmetrical. From the outside this seems true because the body’s midline looks symmetrical: two arms, legs, eyes, ears, nostrils (etc.) with one mouth, nose, navel (etc.) in the middle. Yet, closer inspection reveals various asymmetries: one shoulder is lower than the other, one side of the pelvis may be higher than the other, and/or feet with different arch shapes or sizes, etc. The inside reveals anatomical asymmetries with regards to the body’s left and right. For example, the heart is on the left side, the right lung has three lobes, the left two, the larger liver lies on the right side of the body, with the smaller stomach on the left, and the right diaphragm is larger than the left. Thus, the body contains a host of natural anatomical asymmetries. Neurology complicates things further. Most people have a dominant brain hemisphere which usually pairs with the preferred and stronger side of the body. Most people are left brain (smaller than the right hemisphere) and right side dominant. The same can be said of our eyes too, as well as many of the body’s other systems. Thus, it should be no surprise that postural asymmetry will occur since we all have varying degrees of external and internal asymmetries.

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The human body is a complex interplay of many systems (e.g., skeletal, muscular, neurological, respiratory, circulatory, visual, etc.). Yet, system interdependence is often overlooked by patients and health care professionals alike. For example, vision, footwear and bite position can all affect how your body functions. 

Thus, we strongly believe in communication with the referring physician and the integration of our services with other professionals including: optometrists, dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors, trainers, psychologists, massage therapists, nutritionists, etc. to help patients achieve maximum movement function. Such an integrated approach greatly increases the probability of eliminating pain, increasing performance, and preventing injury.

Our PRT specialist looks beyond the immediate reasons clients seek therapy. The goal is to restore the individual to a neutral position, which means the body “rests” in a position where muscles function optimally.

It is from this neutral posture that reeducation of the neuromuscular system can begin to rebuild (i.e., reposition, restore, retrain) more efficient patterns of movement. Simply stated, when the body’s interdependent systems efficiently “work-share” together the body functions better.