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Physical Therapy

Joint Effort Movement Center is proud to be the ONLY Certified Postural Restoration Facility in South Carolina! 

Postural Restoration Institute
Joint Effort - Postural Restoration

At Joint Effort Movement Center, our approach to physical therapy focuses on the root cause of your pain or discomfort.


During your initial evaluation with us, we not only assess your body from an orthopedic point of view (bones and muscles), but we also look at the role your neurological and respiratory systems may have on your condition.

For example, if you have tendinitis in your hip, we have often discovered that the issue could be with your rib cage. Weird, right? But we understand those types of connections and how to solve the problem.


What else makes our physical therapy different? 


Each therapist works with just ONE patient at a time (no juggling multiple patients.) 


You work with the SAME therapist throughout your treatment (allows for more focused results.)


You don’t have to make as many appointments. Our approach has found that clients heal better with more time between treatment sessions, which can also save you money.


Lastly, we are the only Certified Postural Restoration Facility in South Carolina (see below to learn more about PRI.)


What is Postural Restoration (PRI)?

PRI is an advanced physical therapy approach that focuses on restoring the three main postural components that contribute to full mobility - your neck, rib cage, and pelvis.

Courtney Stearn - Postural Restoration Therapist
Dr. Courtney performs a PRI technique with a client to reposition her rib cage. 
Dr. Courtney instructs an advanced PRI technique given to higher level athletes. This technique is helping to balance asymmetry that occurs with repetitive surfing the client frequently participants in.

The Four Components that Make PRI Special


Full Body Approach

PRI focuses on making sure all your muscles and joints are coordinating together like they are supposed to. In most cases, where you are having pain is not where the dysfunction lies - our full body assessments help us figure out where the root problem is.


We connect things

We understand connections like no other! If you feel like your issues are connected, but no one believes you, then come see us. We frequently hear, "so I'm not crazy?!" from our clients! No. No you are not. 


Complex Issues - Bring 'em On!

Do you have 12 different things going on? We aren't scared! When our main posture components are moving better, you will be surprised by how much better you will feel!

Depending on your assessment, we may recommend collaborative care from our massage therapist, our dentist partner, or other sources in Charleston we utilize to help tackle your issues. 


You will MOVE easier

PRI is based on improving your respiratory system. When our diaphragm is moving better, it will shut down our overworked muscles.


Muscles like our back, neck muscles, calves, hip flexors, and upper traps. Those muscles hurt because they are working overtime to help you breathe!

Postural Restoration Therapy
Dr. Courtney instructs a PRI Pelvis repositioning technique using a balloon to address pelvic floor issues.

PRI can be used to 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

Postural Restoration Therapy
Dr. Gina instructs a diaphragm PRI technique. We frequently use balloons to help activate your diaphragm and reduce your muscle tightness.

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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, Aetna, and 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?  Our approach is unlike anything you've done before! Most of our techniques are static and you are well supported at the beginning to ensure your pain remains very low. After all, if it hurts you to do it, then your body won't relax and move! 

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 8-12 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!
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