When unwanted muscle tension develops in the body, it creates abnormal forces on the joints. This leaves us more susceptible to injury, or results in pain, either at the site of the muscle tension, or somewhere else in the body.
Postural Restoration is based on the concept of opposition. The brain sends signals to muscles with opposite actions on either side of the joint. When one muscle is contracting, the other muscle shuts down. Therefore, we can “shut off” those muscles with unwanted tension by firing the muscle opposite to them on the joint.
What does the treatment consist of?
There are two main categories of treatment that are used to achieve postural restoration. The first, and most important for success, is the home exercise program. It is necessary for these exercises to be done frequently in the beginning (2-4 times per day) in order for muscle re-education to take place. As the muscle tension is eliminated, the frequency of exercise can diminish.