Positional therapy: the gentle pain reliever nobody knows about (yet!)

positional therapy

Never heard of positional therapy? I think it’s time that I change that!  Along with yoga, positional therapy is one of the most amazing tools in my toolbox.  It not only keeps me pain free and feeling great {good bye low back pain and angry muscle knots!} but I’ve been using it for the last 3+ years in one-on-one sessions to help others do the same.

What is positional therapy?

Positional therapy is a really gentle and super effective method for relieving common aches and pains in the body.  It works because it doesn’t just address the symptom but gets to the root of the problem: the muscular imbalances that are causing the issue in the first place.

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What are muscular imbalances?

Muscular imbalances result when muscles become too short or too long due to injury, stress, and/or the repetitive ways in which we carry out daily life.  These imbalances lead to pain that is commonly experienced in the low back, shoulders, neck, knees, elbows….and the list could go on.

Picture this:: you’re sitting at your desk, in front of the computer.  Your upper back and shoulders are rounding forward and your chest is caving in.  Try as you might it is nearly impossible to sit up straight and tall, with shoulders back, for more than a few moments at a time.  Sounds familiar, right?  This is muscular imbalance at work.

Because we practice this position so frequently (daily and for hours at a time!) the muscles across the front of the chest have become too short, rounding the shoulders forward.  As a result the muscles across the upper back have become too long.  These overstretched muscles are also weak which makes it that much more difficult to sit up with good posture…..so we slouch forward because it feels better.  And so the vicious cycle continues!

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How does positional therapy work?

It’s simple.  The muscles that are too short are lengthened and the muscles that are too long are shortened.  It is a combination of gentle, assisted stretching and passively held positions of comfort. {And it all happens on a really comfy massage table!  Easy peasy, right?}  By getting the muscles back where they belong pain is greatly diminished and even eliminated!

It is amazing how great you’ll feel after a positional therapy session!  {Some have told me they love the sessions more than a massage!} To keep you feeling that way, though, you’ll need to do some quick daily homework or incorporate some of these important pieces into your home yoga practice.   Once things are back where they belong it takes only a few minutes a day to keep them there.  Now isn’t that magical?  If you are interested in learning more about my 1:1 sessions click here.

 


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