I left corporate healthcare when the sole focus became profitability and market share through wellness, rather than for wellness. —> THAT was the catalyst that made me take the risk of starting my own practice, in combination with education and a certificate of PRC through the Postural Restoration Institute®
Postural Restoration (PRI) – After I had my son, I suffered some significant post-partum issues for the first few years that led to unhealthy choices in dealing with my emotions. Once I reached a point of positive recovery, I returned to regular activities for health and wellness…then suffered an injury to my hip.
Early in My Journey
I went through 3+ years of PT/massage/bodywork/acupuncture/cortisone injections, nerve blocks, medication, self-treating, and two orthopedic surgeon consults – all resulting in the diagnosis of needing bilateral hip surgery with no guarantees of success or relief.
I did not believe that was my only choice, and a colleague of mine told me about a postural restoration course that would help.
I attended the course, and it was lightbulbs going off. Finally, someone was talking about things I’d seen – patterns, movements, body positions – over the first 15 years of my career and provided scientific methodology as to why.
After that class, I continued to take more and more classes. Over that time, I was learning more about the body, neurology, and the autonomic nervous system. I began treating myself as my own provider. I am going to be 49 years old this year, have been pain-free for many years, and have no limitations in what I can or cannot do secondary to pain. As far as I know, my hips are just fine, and I don’t particularly care if they’re not because my body is not telling me otherwise through pain, and it is not limiting me.
On a Personal Note
On an even more personal note, my husband and I have a son who was diagnosed with ADHD, social-emotional regulation issues, sensory regulation disorder, self-loathing, and emotional depression at age five. Then around age eight, he started complaining of revolving body pain. The pain would go from his knees to his ankles to his neck to his shoulders. I had him in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and cranial sacral therapy. He was seen at Children’s Hospital, and initially diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, but bloodwork came up negative. They then thought he suffered from ankylosing spondylitis, but MRIs were negative. He was placed on high-dose steroids for pain management, which did absolutely nothing.
He had all the signs and symptoms of someone with a disease, but all the testing, blood work, and imaging were negative. The more coursework I took from Postural Restoration the more I kept thinking that this was a missing link to Rowyn’s overall well-being. And I was right.
The combination of postural restoration, being out of the classroom for a while, and transitions through puberty changed Rowyn completely. He is a healthy, happy, confident, loving, and beautiful child. His anxiety is almost nothing, he has learned how to manage when he does suffer from becoming frustrated or panicked, he has many friends, is OK with public speaking, and continues to work hard every day on PRI techniques.
Sometimes I wonder what angel was present when my colleague told me to attend my first PRI course. I can say with 100% accuracy that it changed me, personally, it changed my family, it changed my professional career, and made me believe in the power of the human body again.
That’s Why I’m Here
I’m not trying to say that PRI is a cure-all for everything. Unfortunately, there are things in life that happen out of our control regarding trauma, and tragedy. Unfortunately, we all have to go through things in our lives that affect us deeply and tragically, BUT I have learned that trauma and tragedy occur on many levels and are very different for everyone. Trauma can be things we would expect like life and death, but our nervous system can also be affected by subtle things one might never think of like running late, traffic, work, chemicals, and environmental factors.
I am proud as a physical therapy provider to be able to offer some services to people outside of the normal physical therapy mode. This is something personal to me, and something that I believe in fully. This is about the nervous system, the brain, which together are the supercomputer we have all been given. How this computer interprets inputs, love, safety, and security. Feeling safe and secure allows access to all sorts of great things. How we feel and interpret input comes from many systems working together. Visual, sensory, musculoskeletal, occlusal/dental, and gut just to name a few…think about how you just “know in your gut’ when something is right or wrong.
It is for this reason that I decided to go out on my own. I will be honest I feel like a preschooler at this stuff. The more I learn the less I know. The one thing I do know is that my patients are confident in my ability to talk openly with them. I am not fearful of asking for help and I’m not fearful of admitting that sometimes I just don’t know. But I do believe that they are confident in me, that they know that I will do my best to figure out everything I can to help them.
I am also very straightforward and the fact that I am a coach and educator. This journey really falls on their shoulders. It is the patients that must do the work. I am just happy to help them along the journey to the best of my ability.