What, exactly, IS Egoscue?
Founded by Pete Egoscue in the 70's, The Egoscue Method is postural therapy. We believe that pain, both chronic and acute, is due to misalignment in the body as it loses its designed posture. The human body is designed to move! However, with most of society becoming more and more sedentary, the body begins to develop musculoskeletal dysfunctions and compensations. When those are present, pain and injury set in or are lurking right around the corner. The Egoscue Method restores the body back to its designed posture, alleviating pain and returning you back to an active, pain free lifestyle. You can learn more by watching our “What is Egoscue?” video.
How does Egoscue work?
Egoscue uses a series of gentle exercises and stretches to return musculoskeletal balance and symmetry back to your body. It’s no secret that muscles move bones. If your body has lost its designed posture, it’s because muscles have moved your bones into a new, dysfunctional position. Pain is the body’s way of alerting you to the fact that your body isn’t aligned, and therefore isn’t moving, properly. Through The Egoscue Method process, your muscles will be reeducated, being reminded how they need to be functioning in order to maintain proper alignment.
How much does it cost?
Egoscue is an investment. Not only is there a financial investment, but there is also a time investment. Your Egoscue menu could take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to complete. While not all clients will require two hours of therapy daily, some do. Most of our clients who fall under that category are in so much pain they will do their menu daily, regardless of how long it takes.
On the financial side of things, we offer different therapy packages and different therapy experiences. Some of you will want to work face-to-face with a therapist either in-person or via Skype. Others will choose our Online Therapy and simply email your therapist posture photos.
After talking with your therapist, the two of you can determine which option suits you best, and you’ll have an idea as to how many visits you might need.
How long will it take for me to see results/feel better?
All of our clients respond differently and on different timelines. That being said, the vast majority of clients feel different after their first visit! The body has an amazing ability to heal itself; you just have to give it a chance. For most of our clients, they didn’t get in to their current position overnight, and they won’t get out of it overnight. Egoscue is a process, but one with a remarkable 94% success rate since its inception.
How often do I need to do my exercises?
We ask that you do your exercises, what Egoscue calls your “menu,” daily. Some clients will need to do their menu more than once per day, but for the majority, once is enough. Egoscue is designed to systematically and methodically chip away at your dysfunctions and compensations. We have to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day! By doing your menu daily, you are giving your body the positive stimuli that it needs, restoring proper alignment, and eliminating pain!
Do I have to do my menu in its entirety?
This is a two-part answer. Yes, you need to do your full menu at least once per day and in the given order. One exercise sets up the next, so sequencing is important. Outside of that time, you can do any exercises that you feel are beneficial for your body. Trust your instincts and do what you feel you need to throughout the rest of your day.
Is it normal to feel sore after doing my menu?
Soreness is normal and can be a good thing. We call this “muscle awakening” and should diminish the more times you do your menu as your muscles adapt and adjust to the new work. Keep in mind that we view soreness different than pain. If you are experiencing true pain be sure to let your therapist know so any necessary menu adjustments can be made.
Is Egoscue covered by insurance?
Being non-medical, Egoscue is not directly covered by insurance. That being said, many of our clients have had success getting reimbursed from their insurance provider for at least a portion of what they have paid. Egoscue does not file anything directly with your insurance provider, but we will do whatever we can—provide a letter of explanation, posture photos, etc. that you can send to your provider—to help you with the reimbursement process. For most of our clientele, they are able to use their Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account to pay for Egoscue therapy.
How long does it take to finish my therapy?
At Egoscue, we pride ourselves on fostering an education-based therapy experience. We will walk with you, step-by-step, through each of your visits. While some clients require several visits, others require just a few visits. Generally speaking, most of our clients need somewhere between eight and 16 visits to see results. Keep in mind that, for most of our clients, we are working to eliminate structural dysfunctions that have been decades in the making.
Can I still see my chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist or other health practitioner while doing Egoscue?
Yes, Egoscue can be used in conjunction with many different healing modalities. That being said, Egoscue’s goal is to return control of your health back to your hands so, ultimately, you aren’t dependent on another person or machine to achieve an optimal state of health. Egoscue’s “hands off” approach educates you on what you need to do to fix yourself.
Is Egoscue different than yoga or Pilates?
Simply put, yes. Egoscue is a specifically tailored set of exercises designed to eliminate your structural dysfunctions that are causing your pain. The majority of yoga and Pilates classes are group-based where everyone in the class is asked to do the same exercises, positions, or moves. While certain positions might be easy for one person, they might seem physically impossible for the next. Egoscue fosters a client-driven therapy experience where you and your therapist work together to develop your exercise menu, taking only what your body is able to functionally give on that day.
Do I need to purchase expensive equipment?
While the Egoscue Method equipment is recommended, the vast majority of our exercises can be performed with items you have laying around your house. You can find links to places that carry our equipment on our products page.