Postural Restorative Therapy Specialist

Liberty Rehabilitation & Wellness

Acupuncture & Physical Therapy located in Garden City, NY

Poor posture can lead to pain and injury, but physical therapy helps to correct bad posture, maximizing your health and wellness. At Liberty Rehabilitation & Wellness in Garden City, New York, board-certified physical therapist Dr. Josh Lee uses various strengthening and stretching techniques to improve your posture, so you can stand up straight with confidence. Call his office to learn more, or book an appointment online today.

Postural Restorative Therapy Q & A

Liberty Rehabilitation & Wellness

What causes poor posture?

Sometimes you can’t prevent poor posture, but certain lifestyle choices and lack of exercise may increase your risk of developing a hunched or slouched default position. Factors that can contribute to poor posture include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Obesity
  • Injury
  • Repetitive motions
  • Genetic factors

You may not realize your posture is subpar until you experience other health problems associated with your hunched position.

What are some complications of poor posture?

Bad posture may not seem like a big deal, but the side effects and complications from it can impact your quality of life. Problems that often arise from slouching regularly include:

  • Chronic back, shoulder, or neck pain
  • Nerve compression or nerve pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle soreness
  • Spine or back injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Digestion issues

If you suffer from complications of poor posture, talk with Dr. Lee about the ways physical therapy can help you stand up tall, enhance healing, strengthen your upper body muscles, and ease the pain.

What is postural restorative therapy?

Postural restorative therapy is a physical therapy technique that realigns and restores good posture to reduce unpleasant side effects associated with poor posture. Dr. Lee uses the following techniques to improve alignment:

Postural support

Dr. Lee may recommend posture support braces you wear to help you stand, sit, and sleep in the proper alignment. He may also recommend ergonomic pillows or cushions to restore posture and provide you with extra support.

In-office posture exercises

To achieve correct posture, Dr. Lee helps you complete strengthening, flexibility, and balance exercises that improve your body alignment. The stronger you are, the easier it is to stand or sit up straight for long time periods.

Manual manipulation techniques

If poor posture is the result of tense muscles or pain, Dr. Lee may use manual manipulation techniques, such as myofascial release or cupping to relax the muscles, reduce pain, and improve blood flow.

At-home posture exercises

Dr. Lee lets you know which strengthening, stretching, or balance exercises you should practice at home to improve your posture. He may also suggest lifestyle changes, such as switching to a more ergonomic office chair or workstation.

If you’re ready to stand up tall and reduce your risk of pain and injuries, call Liberty Rehabilitation & Wellness or schedule an appointment online.