Posture Therapy

Aligned Fitness

I highly recommend Lisa decker at aligned fitness. I have been undergoing treatments for about two months. I've seen a remarkable difference in how I feel and look!. I'm an orthopedic surgeon and while many of my patients request aggressive treatments, I prefer less aggressive treatments for them and me. I had been having nagging knee and hip bursitis, both of which have completely resolved with my program.Objectively, my program has resulted in me being 1/2 taller, and my 6 mile run time has improved significantly. Subjectively, I feel better.

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What is Postural Therapy

Posture alignment therapy is based on the premise that the human body has a functional standing anatomical position in which the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders are stacked vertically and horizontally. It’s individualized in that it looks at “each” individual’s posture to see how their body is currently positioned. If something appears out of alignment (one hip higher, feet externally rotated, forward head position) these deviations from the norm create muscular imbalances which in turn create inflexibility, reduced strength, improper gait, and ultimately pain and injury. At Aligned Fitness we prescribe customized corrective exercises designed to move the bones back to their functional position. Pictures and videos of your individualized exercise menu sequence are then prescribed for practice at home.

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Corporate Wellness Classes

Aligned Fitness offers corporate wellness classes. Learn specific exercises to keep you "Pain Free at your PC."  Educate yourself in functional movement patterning to protect your spine. Learn techniques to increase oxygen capacity and calm the nervous system under stress for optimal performance in both work and daily life.

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Individual Postural Therapy Sessions

Offering customized posture therapy sessions utilizing the Egoscue E-Pete software. Whether you are recovering from an injury or looking to increase performance, we will customize exercises to help you get pain free and achieve optimal function. We offer in-person and remote sessions. Click HERE for further details on remote posture therapy sessions.

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Group Classes

Aligned Fitness offers onsite and remote group training. Learn to assess your unique posture in a group setting. Learn a series of functional tests and corrective based exercises to achieve optimal mobility, stability and function.

What kinds of symptoms does postural therapy treat?

  • Lower back pain, sciatica, spondylolysthesis, stenosis, disc herniations, piriformis syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Stiff neck, Migraines, headaches, TMJ
  • Knee pain, shin splints
  • Sprained or weak ankles, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, achilles pain
  • Arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis
  • Preventative treatment for the maintaining optimal muscular health
  • Specialized programs to optimize athletic performance

What does a typical appointment entail?

  • Postural photos (with gravity lines entered using E-Pete software to indicate which of your load bearing joints may be out of alignment)
  • Gait analysis
  • Functional testing protocols
  • A customized menu of corrective based exercises created in a specific sequence to get your body back to it's optimal alignment
  • A digital copy of the prescribed exercises including detailed descriptions of each exercise, pictures, videos, and individualized sets and reps.​

How does it differ from other modalities?

Postural therapy treats a person’s pain without hands on manipulation which differs from many other types of therapy. Chiropractic, for example, adjusts the body by physically moving bones back to their proper position. Like chiropractic, we attempt to do the same; but understanding that “muscles move bones,” we achieve this by adjusting the length tension relationships of the muscles in order to move the bones back to their neutral position. By influencing both the bone and the musculature surrounding it, the hope is the adjustments will become more permanent. Postural alignment therapy also differs from physical therapy which often treats a symptom once an injury has occurred. What differentiates postural therapy is it does not let the location of the symptom dictate where to begin therapy. Instead, we take a “holistic” view of the body and assess each individual’s alignment from head to toe to find the underlying dysfunction contributing to the pain symptom. By treating the cause (muscular imbalances and improper loading of the joints) we can reduce both current and future pain symptoms.

Over the Christmas Holidays I found myself in a wheel chair. I had abruptly and unexexpectedly developed severe pain in my right thigh- pain that seemed like sciatica. I could not stand for more than 30 seconds or walk more than 50 feet before having to sit down. "Traditional" medicine was never able to diagnose the situation.  "They" prescribed Tylenol and Gabapentin for the nerve pain. The latter was absolutely useless.  A friend recommended Egoscue and specifically with Lisa Decker. I had always thought of alternative therapies and medicine as bordering on quack remedies. However, what did I have to lose in this case? Well, now it is late February. At the age of 67, I just got back from a week in Wyoming and Montana. I went cross country skiing 2 days in the Tetons and West Yellowstone! From a wheel chair to X-country skiing in less than 60 days. Pretty darn good I say! Though there are years of bad habits to overcome for this 67 year old, I could not be happier with what I am experiencing. I wish I had found out about Egoscue years earlier and Lisa Decker is a great therapist and practitioner.

JC- Palo Alto, CA

What kinds of symptoms does postural therapy treat?

  • Lower back pain, sciatica, spondylolysthesis, stenosis, disc herniations, piriformis syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Stiff neck, Migraines, headaches, TMJ
  • Knee pain, shin splints
  • Sprained or weak ankles, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, achilles pain
  • Arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis
  • Preventative treatment for the maintaining optimal muscular health
  • Specialized programs to optimize athletic performance

What does a typical appointment entail?

  • Postural photos (with gravity lines entered using E-Pete software to indicate which of your load bearing joints may be out of alignment)
  • Gait analysis
  • Functional testing protocols
  • A customized menu of corrective based exercises created in a specific sequence to get your body back to it's optimal alignment
  • A digital copy of the prescribed exercises including detailed descriptions of each exercise, pictures, videos, and individualized sets and reps.​

Over the Christmas Holidays I found myself in a wheel chair. I had abruptly and unexexpectedly developed severe pain in my right thigh- pain that seemed like sciatica. I could not stand for more than 30 seconds or walk more than 50 feet before having to sit down. "Traditional" medicine was never able to diagnose the situation.  "They" prescribed Tylenol and Gabapentin for the nerve pain. The latter was absolutely useless.  A friend recommended Egoscue and specifically with Lisa Decker. I had always thought of alternative therapies and medicine as bordering on quack remedies. However, what did I have to lose in this case? Well, now it is late February. At the age of 67, I just got back from a week in Wyoming and Montana. I went cross country skiing 2 days in the Tetons and West Yellowstone! From a wheel chair to X-country skiing in less than 60 days. Pretty darn good I say! Though there are years of bad habits to overcome for this 67 year old, I could not be happier with what I am experiencing. I wish I had found out about Egoscue years earlier and Lisa Decker is a great therapist and practitioner.

JC- Palo Alto, CA

How does it differ from other modalities?

Postural therapy treats a person’s pain without hands on manipulation which differs from many other types of therapy. Chiropractic, for example, adjusts the body by physically moving bones back to their proper position. Like chiropractic, we attempt to do the same; but understanding that “muscles move bones,” the method we use achieves this by adjusting the length tension relationships of the muscles in order to move the bones back to their neutral position. By influencing both the bone and the musculature surrounding it, the hope is the adjustments will become more permanent. Postural alignment therapy also differs from physical therapy which often treats a symptom once an injury has occurred. What differentiates postural therapy is it does not let the location of the symptom dictate where to begin. Postural therapy takes a “holistic” view of the body and assesses each individual’s alignment from head to toe to find the underlying dysfunction that may contribute to the pain symptom. By treating the cause (muscular imbalances and improper loading of the joints) we can reduce both current and future pain symptoms.