Below you will find a list of the questions that I get asked frequently, you should be able to find the answer to any of your questions here. If not, please use the contact page to get in touch with me.
When trapped in chronic pain, it can seem like you’ll never feel better and be able to live the life you want—especially if you’ve tried other therapies and drug-based treatments that only worked temporarily or not at all.
To feel better, you need to focus on the source of your pain.
While most chronic pain treatment methods only address symptoms or try to deaden or mask pain, Posture Alignment Therapy corrects the postural issues that are at the root of your ongoing discomfort. Thousands of people just like you have ditched the pills, found an alternative to surgery, and finally feel better for good.
Postural Alignment Therapy uses a series of individualized gentle exercises and stretches to restore your body’s natural musculoskeletal balance and symmetry. Muscles move bones – that’s no secret – and over time muscles can move bones out of their naturally aligned positions due to a myriad of causes. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is out of alignment.
At Precise Posture, we start by assessing you – listening to your history, using functional tests, and taking pictures of you to evaluate your posture and see what the root cause of your pain is. Then we develop a program of exercises to start you on the road to realignment. Initially, we will schedule sessions frequently, typically twice a week, but as your body begins to change, we will space sessions out more to get you in a “maintenance” mode.
Learn more about the process by visiting our How It Works page!
The Egoscue Method, developed by Pete Egoscue in the 1970’s, is one of the founding forms of posture therapy. Rachel is certified as a Posture Alignment Specialist through the Egoscue Institute and much of her therapy is based on Egoscue forms of treatment.
Unlike many other modalities, PAT and Precise Posture look not only at treating symptoms (i.e. knee/shoulder/back pain, arthritis, headaches), but at evaluating and targeting the root cause of your pain by taking a holistic approach that looks at the whole body. Everything is connected, and pain in one part of the body is very often linked to misalignments in other areas. At Precise Posture, we will work with you not just to manage pain in one part of your body but to get the whole body back in alignment so you can live an active, pain-free life!
This is NOT to say that massage, chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, and other modalities don’t have their place! In fact, a combination of modalities can often be especially effective and just because you start PAT, you don’t necessarily have to discontinue your other treatment. Talk to me when you come in for consultation and we will develop a plan that works best for YOU. I have developed relationships with other practitioners and see benefits in many modalities that can help you.
If your doctor or other care provider isn’t familiar with PAT, the best way to get them up to speed is to have them come in for a consultation themselves! First-hand experience is always the best way to explain anything, and I am happy to run them through the full explanation of how and why PAT works. I am also happy to schedule a time to come to their office and do a full presentation for their staff if they are interested. What I love about PAT is it fits well with all other modalities of heath.
No, PAT is not covered by insurance, although you can normally use HSA or FSA money to pay for Precise Posture treatment.
Unfortunately, working with insurance companies would change the way I could provide treatment. Reimbursement rates with insurance companies are so low that care providers are forced to increase volume of patients in order to stay profitable; this is what creates the sadly near-ubiquitous experience of being rushed through the doctor’s office and feeling like the doctors or nurses are scarcely taking the time to listen to you. Not being beholden to insurance companies means that I can take the necessary time to listen to you, evaluate you, and work with you to create the best treatment plan possible – and be available by phone or email between appointments. That just wouldn’t be possible working with insurance. While it makes your out-of-pocket payments higher, I am confident that the level of care and attention I am able to offer will more than make up for it (see our Services page for a full pricing breakdown).
No way! We can help anyone and everyone. Whether you have a past of intensive surgery, herniated disc(s), pinched nerve(s), spinal stenosis – we can help you. Schedule a consultation and we can talk more about what we will do to get you out of pain!
Every body is different, but almost all clients report seeing and feeling differences after the first session! From there, progress can depend on a myriad of factors, but every single time you do your full regimen of prescribed exercise, the closer your body comes to getting back into the alignment it’s supposed to be in. That’s why it’s REALLY IMPORTANT to do your menu EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Look, I get it. Life happens, and sometimes you will run into days that get crazy, hectic, and out of control, and you will find yourself with little or no time for your posture therapy exercises. It happens to everyone, myself included. While it is really important to try and do your entire menu of exercises every day, the occasional off day is OK. Even if you don’t have time to do a whole menu, even doing a few exercises can be helpful.
If you find yourself routinely having trouble completing your whole menu every day, just let me know and I will work with you to create something that’s more manageable.
Since PAT is so individualized, I can’t guarantee a timeline for anyone. The average client will use 8-16 sessions in the first six months or so to get through an initial period of realignment, which gets them pain-free and back to doing what they love. This isn’t a total “fix” however, and PAT requires maintenance. The most successful clients continue to come in about every 1-3 months after their initial package and keep up with their exercise menus.
Most of the equipment you will need for your therapy you already have in your home – the floor, the wall, a chair, etc. There is some specialized equipment that I may recommend you buy to help you on your pain-free journey, but most of it is inexpensive – straps, foam blocks, and the like. Some specific items may be a little costlier, but during your appointment, I will talk to you about what equipment you may need to make your individualized treatment plan a success.
Absolutely! PAT works extremely well over video chat systems like Skype. As long as you have internet access, I can help you get out of pain no matter where you’re located.
Not necessarily – but it depends. In some cases, we may need to have you lay off some specific movements or activities for a while. Our goal is to eventually get you back to any activity you desire. However, we have to get your body straightened before we strengthen it, otherwise you are just strengthening misalignments and making the root cause of your pain more intense!