Postural Restoration

Postural Restoration® for Physical Therapy

Many individuals are aware of how breathing techniques are used to reduce stress and anxiety. Most do not know that breathing techniques can help you treat other areas of the body like the spine, hip, shoulder, neck, etc. Restoration of optimal breathing mechanics can dramatically influence many aspects of your life. The following comparison can help put it in perspective. You can go three weeks without food, three days without water, and not much more than 3 minutes without air exchange. The brain/body will do ANYTHING to keep bringing in oxygen regardless of the taxing effect on other parts of the body to do so. The ability to breathe well helps establish a foundation of overall health, posture, and movement.

At The Therapy Network, specialists utilize Postural Restoration Institutes’® (PRI) manual and non-manual techniques/exercises to treat our patients holistically to aid in relieving pain, treating an injury, and improving performance.

The breath is the first reflexive and involuntary movement that occurs as we are born. Our body knows how to compensate in a variety of manners to keep us breathing, which is often ineffective and inefficient. The average person inhales and exhales about 20,000 times per day. Utilizing a faulty respiration pattern can cause many issues in our health and ability to move.

Conditions treated with Postural Restoration®

Breathing patterns can be optimized and neurologically retrained to improve various health conditions. Breathing dysfunction is commonly an undiagnosed problem. Breathing therapy and treatment are not just for those with a diagnosed breathing issue like COPD, asthma, mouth breathing, snoring, or sleep breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea. Breathing therapy utilizing postural restoration techniques can be very effective in the treatment of:

Headaches and migraines
Back pain
Neck pain
TMJ or facial pain
Chronic shoulder pain and recurrent shoulder injuries
Thoracic outlet compression or tingling in the arms or hands
Running injuries
Plantar fasciitis
Ankle pain
SI dysfunction
Hip pain
Chronic fatigue
Anxiety and depression
Sleep disorders
And more….

The science of PRI™ takes a unique, whole-body approach concerning diagnosis and treatment. Our PRI-trained and certified therapists will perform various biomechanical and neuro pulmonary objective tests to assess how your body utilizes tri-planar movement—accessing your rib cage/breathing diaphragm, your pelvic and spinal, and shoulder/scapular motion.
Your body is a neuro pulmonary and biomechanical interconnection of parts. When one part is out of balance, the adjacent components are influenced, and the kinetic chain adjusts to find balance. Postural Restoration® focuses on keeping neuromuscular equilibrium between each region and the two sides of your body.

Let us help you get out of pain and achieve your goals with a PRI™-based treatment approach.

Your Visit to The Therapy Network

What can you expect during your first visit to The Therapy Network? Your therapist will review your complete medical history and current condition and symptoms. Upon review, they will create a custom recovery plan that may include Postural Restoration®.

Your first appointment is your first step to returning to a pain-free lifestyle. We believe in quick treatment response, so appointments are available today. If you live in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, or Chesapeake, Virginia, there is a Therapy Network close to your neighborhood. With six locations, we strive to be the leader in physical therapy in coastal Virginia.


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