Is Postural Restoration ( PRI ) considered physical therapy?
Postural Restoration® ( PRI ) goes over and beyond traditional physical therapy. It involves both manual and non-manual techniques.
How is it different from traditional PT?
It's different because it looks beyond the sore spot to identify what is the real cause of the pain instead of treating the symptom only. PRI looks at the whole picture, no matter where your pain is. We do a comprehensive evaluation to assess the position and orientation of the pelvis, ribcage and the cranium ( head and neck ). Did you know that a hip or pelvis issue could actually be causing your shoulder or neck pain?
Is it scientifically based?
Absolutely! Objective tests help to identify the relationship of the different segments of the body with each other. The tests are done at the beginning of each session, then after every intervention or exercise to see if the test results changed because of the intervention. Depending on what changed or did not, the test results tell the practitioner what is going on and guides the treatment progression.
How long does a session last?
Evaluations will take about an hour. Treatments are usually at least 45min or an hour,
one-on-one with the practitioner.
How often do I need to come?
Generally once a week for a few weeks and then once every 2 weeks. We discharge you to a home exercise program once you are able to maintain neutrality across the pelvis and ribs and your scores on the functional tests like the squat and hip lift test indicate that you are gaining strength and progressing.
Does insurance cover my visits?
Yes, we are in-network with most insurance plans. You may have a deductible to reach before insurance starts covering PT, and you may have a co-pay. We can check for you at your first visit and keep you informed.
Do I need a doctor's referral for PT?
No, NC has direct access to Physical Therapy which means that you can see a physical therapist without a referral. However, your insurance company may require you to have a referral.
I just had surgery, do I have to see my surgeon's PT or can I choose where I want to go?
You can choose where you want to go. If another practice was recommended to you or is more convenient, you have the right to choose to do so. You DO NOT have to see the PT at your surgeon's clinic and by law, they cannot mandate that you do. Many people are not aware of this fact.