Structural Balancing Explained

Structural Balancing is a type of therapy that does exactly what it suggests, restoring our body’s alignment and balance. While you may feel pain in your back, the actual cause of the pain could be the front of your thighs!! Physical dysfunctions develop over time and can be the direct result of a muscle or group of muscles overpowering the opposing muscles, what we call "muscle imbalances". Think of it as a tug-of-war between your muscles.

When your muscles are out of balance they pull your bones and joints out of their normal position and this places them under constant and uneven stress. The longer these imbalances are left untreated the longer it takes to correct, resulting in more stress on your body and more pain in muscles and joints. The ideal alignment is to have the feet directly under the hips and knees and have the torso, shoulders and neck balanced over the hips with minimal muscular activity going on to hold this upright position. The knees should be straight ahead. The feet should not be turned out. The weight should be balanced over the feet evenly not with more weight on the heels or balls of the feet. From the side you should be able to draw a straight line through the ear, shoulder, hip, ankle perpendicular to the floor.

I strongly believe in educating people to help themselves to get out of pain. To do this I use my knowledge in traditional Structural Alignment with Finch Therapy and remedial therapy. Finch Therapy works on the lines of pull all the way through the body. It balances the muscles throughout your body, activating your bodies own natural healing abilities, giving you lasting pain relief. The therapist does a series of structural tests to find what muscles are NOT working and then prescribes exercises to get these muscles to work. This evenly distributes the load throughout the body, taking the stress off other muscles and joints and restoring your body’s balance.


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