Postural Restoration (TM)

Joint Effort is proud to be one of the only facilities in the state of South Carolina to offer Postural Restoration! 

Postural Restoration Institute
Joint Effort - Postural Restoration
Gina Aicardi - Postural Restoration Therapist
Courtney Stearn - Postural Restoration Therapist

What is Postural Restoration (PRI)? 

Postural Restoration (PRI) is a physical therapy treatment approach that addresses postural, muscular, and neurological imbalances in the body. The big picture - our right and left sides are not the same. We have a larger and stronger right diaphragm than our left. We have a big liver on the lower right and a heart on our upper left of our thorax. This natural asymmetry is why over 90 percent of people are right dominant. This is also why scoliosis typically presents in the same direction.

Managing our body's natural asymmetry is what makes us all different. Some of us can manage it better than others. Problems arise when we develop too many imbalances in our asymmetry. One sided activities such as golf, tennis, and baseball can contribute to this inequality. Extension dominant activities such as gymnastics, football, desk jobs, and surfing can also create problems - if the lower spine loses flexion, the ability to alternate from side to side becomes compromised and compensatory patterns arise. 

As PRI physical therapists, we have a much deeper knowledge of not just biomechanics and orthopedics, but also neurological and respiratory influences on the musculoskeletal system. We work to reduce asymmetrical demands and restore alternation throughout your system. 

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Problems we treat 

  • Back pain and sciatica

  • Hip pain - tendinitis, impingement, arthritis

  • SI Joint dysfunction

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Knee instability and arthritis

  • Shoulder problems

  • Neck pain and headaches

  • Hypermobility syndromes

  • Multi-joint problems

  • Muscle strains, overuse injuries, sports injuries

  • Effects from "long COVID," pneumonia, or other respiratory issues

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FAQs 

Does insurance cover Postural Restoration therapy?  YES! Postural Restoration is considered physical therapy and is covered by insurance. We are in-network with Medicare, BCBS, and (pending) Tricare. ​​

I am out-of-network, what are my options? If you are out-of-network, we would gladly help see if you have any out-of-network benefits. If not, or you have no insurance, our cash rate for a 1 hr session is $150. We offer discount packages and also shorter sessions. We can also work with you on a payment plan and help develop a treatment plan and schedule that works for you. 

I've done physical therapy before and it hurt. I'm hesitant to do it again - how is this different? Physical therapy should not elicit sharp, shooting or stabbing pain. It should not create so much soreness that you are unable to perform your normal daily tasks. We pay extreme attention to this during your treatment. Because of the nature of PRI, we typically do 3-5 activities in a 1 hour session. 

How many sessions will I need to do?  It depends. Our PRI therapists will perform a head-to-toe postural assessment and determine the severity of your postural issues. Based on our clinical knowledge of our body's compensation patterns, we can estimate how many treatments it will take to restore your system's balance. Treatment sessions can range from 4-24, with the average being around 8 over the course of 3 months. 

Jessical H. 

If you have tried PT for your injury before and have been disappointed with the results, give Joint Effort a try. I've been struggling with pain from a running related injury for almost 10 years. I have given up on being able to run again so many times, I lost count. I tried Joint Effort at the suggestion of a massage therapist. I was sure I'd be disappointed again, but it seems I am finally making progress in the right direction. Their approach is unlike any I've tried before. They are so much more focused on not only how you are doing the exercises, but the muscle groups you can feel yourself engage while performing them. I'm not back to running yet, but I am comfortably walking more than twice as far as I was 6 months ago. I'm so happy I found them!