The Egoscue Tower

If you are an Egoscue client, there is no doubt that you are familiar with The Tower. Also known as Supine Groin Progressive, it's one of the most powerful exercises in the Egoscue repertoire.

Spending time in The Tower allows your hip flexor muscle to return to its proper length and tension. This impacts the entire body, aiding in the pain elimination process for clients who struggle with a myriad of symptoms from chronic migraines to plantar fasciitis and everything in between. Listen to what Brian Bradley, VP of Therapy Protocol for Egoscue, Inc. has to say about The Tower.

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# Bill Deloach 2015-11-29 23:47
I watched you groin/soaz relaxing method using the Egoscue Tower. I think this may be what I need. I fell thru a ceiling and over the next 2 months my inside and outside thigh muscle became locked. I can not cross my rt. leg over my left as I do with my left and could previously with my rt. The thigh muscle that ties in to the inside of my groin and the outside thigh muscle that ties in at the ball of my thigh and hip are shortened to where everything in my hips and back are trying to compensate and hurt like heck. I hope this description is not to vague. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. I would like a tower or the measurements and build one, if this is possible. Thanks for your time and the video
Regards,
Bill
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# Doug 2016-02-01 19:56
A few years ago I was given a Egoscue evaluation from Bob Turchyn. I have been trying to Log In but when I click on the Log In box on your Home Page, nothing happens... any assistance would be appreciated.
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# miguel Hazim r 2016-02-05 16:12
I need more information
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# John 2016-02-15 15:22
Miguel,
What questions can I answer for you? You can email me at .

Thanks,
John
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# John Vornholt 2016-02-05 19:37
I want to buy a Tower but I note on the various web sites there is offered both a single and a double foot boot. I have been using the supine groin single leg routine but, I would like to know if the double boot would be just as effective or if it has a different therapeutic goal.
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# John 2016-02-15 15:24
John,
Great question. They're two very different exercises. I think the double is great to have, but if your therapist has given you the single, then I'd stick with that. Personally, I mix both into my menus. I've found that I benefit from each exercise, depending on what I feel my body wants/needs on that particular day.

Are you currently working with a therapist?

Thanks,
John
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# Maureen 2016-03-10 13:35
I received the tower as a gift, watched the video but not sure how long to hold each position in the tower?
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# John 2016-03-16 15:00
Maureen,
You'll stay at each position for 5 minutes. Make sure your entire body is relaxed so you're not "holding" anything tight/tense.

Thanks,
John
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# Ralph Bruce 2016-03-13 14:07
two questions :
the separate tower which holds the other leg at approx. 90 degrees - does that adjust ?
when a person is solo - how do I easily move down (or up) to another level without completely getting out of position ?
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# John 2016-03-16 15:04
Ralph,
Thanks for commenting. I'm not 100% sure what you mean when you say "the separate tower." Can you clarify that for me? Are you referring to the big block that is used in conjunction with the tower? If that's the case, it doesn't adjust. Most clients use a chair or ottoman for that leg.

As for moving, simply pick your foot up and drop it down to the next level. There might be some minor adjusting at each level, but you shouldn't be getting too out of position at each level. It might be tougher in the beginning, but you'll get used to it.

Thanks,
John
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# Ruth H. Peterson 2016-04-10 13:46
Very interesting. I am 82 (b.d. 9/21/32). I have had serious falls from "turning my ankle" to "dislocation of patella from hitting my knee on the floor when turning to rise from a gym exercise mat, 2"-3" deep. I no longer get on the floor to exercise.

I use a plywood board on a bed for floor exercises. Will this exercise, and others, work on that surface? I would assume, "Yes", but don't want to take it for granted.

I have the book, Pain Free, and am just starting out with the basic exercises, but feel I'd like some further help to make sure i am correctly practicing what I think I am reading and seeing in the pictures.

Do you have any facilities near Anacortes, WA? Seattle is just too far for me to go. I no longer am capable of driving that distance.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Ruth Peterson
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# John 2016-04-12 21:14
Hey Ruth! Thanks for contacting us. The board on your bed will work great for the exercises.

We don't have a location near Anacortes. As you know, Seattle is the closest one to you. However, we do have the capability to see you via Skype or FaceTime if you or someone you know are able to do that.

Thanks,
John
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# Cindy 2016-05-14 13:20
I purchased the Pain Free book and DVD series for my right hip pain. If I can easily perform the Supine Groin with the leg fully extended to the floor does using the tower provide additional benefit or is it more for folks that can't get to the floor right away?
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# John 2016-05-19 15:10
The Tower does provide extra benefit. It locks your foot in neutral, which then requires the lower leg, knee, femur and pelvis to all neutralize. It's much more effective to use the Tower vs. not using it. Also, it makes Supine Groin Progressive much easier to do.

Great question!

John
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# Robert 2016-06-19 23:24
Is there any issue performing the moves on the E Tower while also using an inversion table? I just purchased a tower and have a little added soreness in my hip. I am also using my inversion table. I assume the soreness is normal for new Tower users but I wanted to make sure I wasn't making matters worse with the inversion table. Thank you.
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# John 2016-06-26 02:31
Robert,
Great question. You're correct when thinking that the soreness will go away. That's VERY common when first starting in the tower. Use the inversion table as needed. I think you'll feel you need it less and less as you incorporate the tower more.

Keep us posted!

Thanks,
John
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# Cindy 2016-07-18 14:51
The Egoscue web site has two vendor links for the tower. The first vendor states that they are the only vendor that makes the tower to Egoscue specifications. Is this is true? The second vendor is cheaper.
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# John 2016-07-18 16:11
Good question, Cindy. You can order from either place. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks,
John
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# Maxine Lewis 2016-07-19 12:44
Do these exercises/postures help sciatica? Thank you.
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# John 2016-07-20 13:40
Maxine,
We see clients with sciatica on a daily basis. I'd like to connect you with a therapist so they can better address your particular situation/posture. Can you email me at ?

Thanks,
John
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# Amy 2016-11-07 00:54
How much does the tower cost?
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# John 2016-11-08 15:23
Hey Amy,
Towers start at $99 and can be found here:
http://www.crookedhuman.com/egoscue/equipment/egoscuer-multi-positioning-tower-877.html

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks!
John
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# Lauren Sessler 2016-11-08 18:54
Is the portable tower just as effective as the regular one?
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# John 2016-11-16 19:09
The portable tower is good if you're traveling, but nothing takes the place of the actual (wooden) tower. My suggestion, if you're trying to decide between the two, would be to make the investment in the wooden one.

Thanks,
John
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# Mary Sutherland 2017-01-03 06:09
I am in Australia.
Can I purchase a Tower from you?
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# John 2017-01-04 16:25
Mary,
Email me at , and I'll get you in touch with our supplier.

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John
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# Carol Goedde 2017-01-16 00:14
I bought the double peddle for the tower. What is the best way to get both feet strapped into it without help?
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# John 2017-01-18 03:23
Carol,
It can be a bit tricky. I usually sit on my bottom with my knees bent. I'll put one foot in and velcro it, and then put the other foot in and velcro it. Let me know if that works for you!

Thanks,
John
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# Suzanne R Crouse 2017-02-22 21:27
I have been to the chiropractic adjustments for over two years trying to get to a maintenance plan. Sense the chiropractor has changed his technique I am back to square one when I first started. He says my hip twists out of alignment. I can not sleep well cause it bothers me from getting to a comfortable angle without constantly shifting for comfort. Sense I have stopped going due to the cost of going no less than every other week...it has been now almost ten weeks and I went to pick up a item and now can not straighten up fully without pain locking me from doing so. Will this tower help me find relief. Seems I have it in the neck, middle of back also giving me stiffness and pain. Would appreciate your response. Thank you.
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# John 2017-03-07 14:53
Suzanne,
The tower will definitely help, but I would absolutely suggest other Egoscue exercises prior to the tower that will help keep things in place. Remember: Muscles tell your bones what to do. The reason the chiro adjustments aren't holding/lasting is because the muscles don't know how to function in that new position. Email me at and I'll connect you with a therapist who can help shed light on your specific situation.

Thanks,
John
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# Lori 2017-03-09 04:09
What about knee hyperextension? It looks like like this could put a lot of stress on the knee.
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# John 2017-03-15 17:21
Initially it may feel like that, but the more you do it, the more the knee will return to its proper positioning. If you need to, you can take the leg straight down to the floor.

Thanks,
John
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# Suzanne R Crouse 2017-03-16 01:00
3/15/17
John...
Thank you for responding to my question and condition.
You said you could connect me with a therapist who could shed some light on my specific situation. Thank you.
I did order and just receive a 2 DVD Egoscue program of exercises for beginner and advance clients. I will get started with these now. I just viewed both DVDs to get a idea what I will be doing. I am really excited to get started.
Will I need to have a Therapist later to use the Tower? I got both the single and double foot / val-co. I do not have any more information other than your demonstration to know how the foot unit works. I would expect I will be doing the exercises for sometime anyway. Wouldn't it be really expensive to have a therapist involved anyway? There may not be any out close in my area. I am between Fremont, Omaha and Lincoln NE.
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# John 2017-03-16 15:04
The DVDs are great, but typically I suggest those for folks who are pain free, or at least close to pain free. You may find that they exacerbate your condition a bit.

As for getting a therapist involved, it is an investment I believe you'll want to make. Having a therapist look at you means you're getting tailored, specific exercises that are geared toward you and your posture. Yes, they'll help with the tower, but what they do goes far beyond that. I think it would be a life-changing experience for you. Feel free to email me, and you can at least start a discussion with one of them. We don't have anyone in your area, but we could see you on Skype or FaceTime.

Thanks,
John
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# Lynn 2017-04-17 15:22
I have been using the double peddle tower for about 7 days and am experiencing mild pain in my knees and some soreness in my right hip in the area where the nerve runs up the leg through the hip (I had a bout with sciatica several years ago). Is this normal for new users? I do 10 mins on each level.
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# John 2017-04-17 16:49
Knee pain and hip pain can be very normal, so rest assured, you're in good company.

That being said, the double pedal and the single pedal are two very different exercises. Are you working with a therapist? If so, have you talked to them about what you're experiencing?

Thanks,
John
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# Ellie 2017-05-16 12:39
Hello,
Have had chronic pain for 16 years.
Three Wks ago I woke up with the worst pain and could barely walk.
Fast forward had injection and was given tordol. It helped a bit.
Tho back to about the same level of pain.
The pain goes into my legs so I thought sciatica Had MRI done and besides buldging discs I have
Anterolisthesis level L3-L4 also thecal sac is flattening severe spinal stenosis.
From L2 to S1 I have disc bulging and my cervical spine as well is bad.
I have never had blunt trams tho I worked for over 30 years as a CNA moving and lifting patients
So I guess this intense pain that goes into my leg is not sciatic it's this Anterolisthesis.
I'm worried for sure and have been to many surgeons and was told about the surgeries with rods and screws ect. Tho was told because of my severely arthritic spine surgeries might help and might not so I decided not to put myself through that but with this new condition
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# John 2017-05-17 18:43
Ellie,
I'm so glad you reached out. For some reason, I think your comment got cut off. Can you please email me at ? I have some thoughts on your condition.

Thanks,
John
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