Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Egoscue Method?
Founded by Pete Egoscue in the 70s, The Egoscue Method is postural therapy. We believe that both chronic and acute pain 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 develops 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.
How does The Egoscue Method work?
The Egoscue Method uses a series of gentle exercises and stretches to return musculoskeletal balance and symmetry 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, your muscles will be reeducated and reminded how they need to function in order to maintain proper alignment.
How much does it cost?
The Egoscue Method is an investment in terms of both time and finances. Your Egoscue Method menu will take 30 minutes to two hours to complete. Although not everyone needs two hours, those who do 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 experiences: You can work face to face with a therapist either in person or via digital therapy. We also offer online therapy. Talk with your therapist to determine which option suits you best and get an idea of how many visits you may need.
How long will it take for me to see results and feel better?
All of our clients respond differently and on different timelines. However, the vast majority feel different after their first visit. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself; you just have to give it a chance. Remember, you most likely didn’t get into your current position overnight, and you won’t get out of it overnight. The Egoscue Method is a process, but one with a remarkable 94 percent success rate since its inception.
How often do I need to do my exercises?
We ask that you do your exercises, what we call your “menu,” daily, although some clients will need to do their menu more than once per day. The Method 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?
Yes, you need to do your full menu at least once per day, 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.
Is The Egoscue Method different than yoga or Pilates?
Yes. The Egoscue Method 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, poses, or moves. The Egoscue Method 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.
Is Egoscue covered by insurance?
Being non-medical, The Method is not directly covered by insurance. However, many of our clients have success getting reimbursed from their insurance provider for at least a portion of what they pay. Egoscue Inc. does not file anything directly with your insurance provider, but we will do whatever we can—provide a letter of explanation, posture photos, etc.—to help you with the reimbursement process. Most of our clientele are able to use their health savings account or flexible spending account to pay for Egoscue therapy.
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 it should diminish the more times you do your menu as your muscles adapt and adjust to the new work. Keep in mind that soreness is different from pain. If you are experiencing true pain, let your therapist know so any necessary adjustments can be made.
How long does it take to finish my therapy?
At Egoscue Inc., we pride ourselves on fostering an education-based therapy experience. We will walk with you, step-by-step, through each of your visits. Most of our clients need somewhere between 8 and 16 visits to see results. Keep in mind that 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 The Egoscue Method?
Yes, The Egoscue Method can be used in conjunction with many different healing modalities. That being said, our goal is to return control of your health back to your hands so that ultimately you aren’t dependent on another person or machine to achieve an optimal state of health. The Egoscue Method’s “hands off” approach educates you on what you need to do to fix yourself.
Do I need to purchase expensive equipment?
While Egoscue equipment is recommended, the vast majority of our exercises can be performed with items you have lying around your house. You can find links to places that carry our equipment on our products page.