What is PRI (Postural Restoration Institute) and How it can help you with back, hamstring and knee p


Postural Restoration 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.

Each individual patient will be provided with a specific program designed to fit his or her specific needs.

Tightness, tension, or soreness in the low back is a common complaint in patient population. Standing, running or walking for prolonged time with the same form can cause these back extensor muscles to become overworked. Tightness in the muscles of the low back pull the pelvis up and shorten the back into an arch (see position #1 below). The hips become tight in front as the pelvis tips forward. When this occurs, we know that your body is lacking help from some very important players:

VIP's to fend off low back tightness

1) Abdominals 2) Glutes 3) Hamstrings

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The Abdominal muscles counter act the strong and tight back muscles by providing balance to the front of the body. They help hold the ribs down in front and keep the pelvis from tipping forward. The Gluteal muscles (muscles of your buns) are strong pushers help to propel the body forward, also allow strong muscles of the hips to absorb stress and impact on the ground rather than jarring through the back. In a similar way, hamstrings help push and propel us, driving the body forward. Hamstrings also stabilize the back side of the body, by not allowing the back muscles to pull up on the pelvis tilting it forward. Hamstrings will save your back and hip flexors from being over-active and tight.

In order to prevent low back tension we recommend turning on the above VIPs (see position #3) to turn off your overactive back and return your system to a normal setting (see position #2). If your low back is your #1 sore spot and you cannot get it to shut down, those VIP muscles won’t be able to help you with your running. So position #1 can not only be painful, but can limit your efficiency, power and speed with running.

If you have issues with this, we would love to help you out!

Contact JK Physical Therapy of Albany at 518-423-3351.


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