Is your neck and shoulder pain becoming debilitating? Perhaps you are constantly twisting your your head side to side, shrugging your shoulders, trying to find a neutral position to take you out of pain. Maybe you try to stand up straighter, you get your spouse to rub your shoulders at the end of a long day, you take an Advil (or three), and it all helps – for a little while. The next morning you have the same pain and you start all over again. You wonder what you “did” that made you hurt. Did you lift something too heavy, twist a funny way, reach for something, or was it sitting hunched over at your desk all day? Most likely, even if one of these scenarios brought on your current discomfort, the real answer is found in one word: balance, or in this case, imbalance! Not the kind that the gymnast shows while traversing a balance beam, but the balance in your musculo-skeletal system, the alignment of your body.
How do you restore balance to your body and relieve your pain? The Egoscue Method. Pete Egoscue developed this method as a result of pain he suffered with after serving our country in Vietnam. He was unable to find anything but temporary relief through typical channels; doctor visits, medication, traditional hands-on symptom based treatments. Sound familiar?
Egoscue began thinking about the actual cause of his pain and determined that if the body is aligned properly, it becomes pain free. He also created this method to be a self-treatment approach — empowering all of us to keep our bodies in optimal alignment and function!
So, what is the Egoscue Method? It is a series of positions, stretches and strengthening exercises that help reposition and realign your musculo-skeletal system. This allows the load-bearing joints to line up along the line of gravity. After a thorough evaluation by a trained Egoscue Certified therapist you are prescribed personalized programs for your body issues. You actually train your body to rest in vertical alignment. So, like breathing, you don’t have to think about standing up straight or moving a certain way — you just do! As your body becomes aligned, your pain subsides.
If you’d like to learn more, give us a call at 434-296-0600! We even have free screening appointments available if you’d like to see our studio space, meet us and learn more about Egoscue!