What is Postural Restoration?
The human body is not symmetrical. The neurological, respiratory, circulatory, muscular and vision systems are not the same on the left side of the body as they are on the right, and vice versa. They have different responsibilities, function, position and demands on them. This system asymmetry is a good thing and an amazing design. The human body is balanced through the integration of system imbalances. Postural Therapists recognize these imbalances and typical patterns associated with system disuse or weakness that develops because of dominant overuse. This dominant overuse of one side of the body can develop from other system unilateral overuse. When these normal imbalances are not regulated by reciprocal function during walking, breathing or turning, a strong pattern emerges creating structural weaknesses, instabilities, and musculo-skeletal pain syndromes. Balancing muscle activity using postural restoration approach helps position the human body for appropriate integrative function.
What is the Goal of Postural Restoration?
A major goal of postural restoration is to regain symmetry during functional activity. Body balance means there is decreased stress on joints and soft tissue structures and movement can occur with improved ease and efficiency. To restore this balance each patient is instructed in individualized exercises and techniques to retrain the neuromuscular system.