Techniques We Use
What We Do
At Perception Physical Therapy we look for and treat underlying asymmetries that contribute to your symptoms. Listed below are evaluation and treatment techniques we use.
Evaluation techniques are tests and measures we use to determine what asymmetries are contributing to your symptoms.
Range of Motion Testing
Postural Restoration Institute® Evaluation
Treatment techniques are exercises, tools, and hands on activities we use to improve the limitations and asymmetries we found during our evaluation.
Lifting Mechanics Education
Shoe Recommendations (see shoe list from our colleagues at the Hruska Clinic in Lincoln, NE and check out Skinny Raven for shoe purchase in Anchorage)
Postural Restoration® Manual and Non-Manual Techniques
Perception Physical Therapy is a Postural Restoration Center
A Postural Restoration Center is a place of business where at least one individual is Postural Restoration Certified or Trained (PRC or PRT) and all other individuals on staff, who are eligible for credentialing, have completed two or more Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI)-sponsored courses.
PRC professionals are Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Chiropractors and Occupational Therapists. PRT professionals are Athletic Trainers, Athletic Therapists, Strength & Conditioning Coaches with CSCS or SCCC credential, CSPS, and Exercise Physiologists. PRC and PRT professionals have completed the Postural Restoration Certified credentialing program. PRI established this credentialing process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body.
PRC and PRT professionals offer a unique approach to physical medicine called Postural Restoration®. This approach addresses underlying biomechanics which can often lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. All mechanical influences on the body that restrict movement and contribute to improper joint and muscle position are considered, examined, and assessed. Manual and non-manual techniques are utilized to restore proper alignment of the body while proper respiratory dynamics are considered. Treatment encompasses prevention and lifetime integration for long-term successful outcomes.
PRI’s mission is based on the development of an innovative treatment approach that addresses the primary contributions of postural kinematic movement dysfunction. The human body is not symmetrical. The neurological, respiratory, circulatory, muscular and vision systems are not the same on the left side of the body as they are on the right, and vice versa. They have different responsibilities, function, position and demands on them. This system asymmetry is a good thing and an amazing design. The human body is balanced through the integration of system imbalances. The torso, for example, is balanced with a liver on the right and a heart on the left. Extremity dominance is balanced through reciprocal function; i.e. left arm moves with right leg and vice versa.
PRI credentialed providers recognize these imbalances and typical patterns associated with system disuse or weakness that develops because of dominant overuse. When these normal imbalances are not regulated by reciprocal function during walking, breathing or turning, a strong pattern emerges creating structural weaknesses, instabilities, and musculo-skeletal pain syndromes.
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For more information about the Postural Restoration Institute® and the PRC and PRT credential, please visit www.posturalrestoration.com.