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Why do so many of us experience chronic pain in our bodies?

The problem of chronic pain in our bodies is complex and far-reaching. As it applies to musculoskeletal pain it encompasses many different areas such the head, neck, back, limbs, specific joints and bones, and even chronic non-specific widespread tissue pain—just to name a few. 

Yet, despite the wide-ranging conditions and symptoms, all types of musculoskeletal pain share similar underlying mechanisms, manifestations, and potential treatments.  In the final analysis, most pain is foundational, resulting from imbalances in a musculoskeletal system that is out of alignment.  There is a great deal of research that presents evidence that the root cause of many neuromuscular pain patterns is due to biomechanical misalignments caused by muscle imbalances. We are in pain, because we are misaligned or “crooked.”  Therapists often refer this as the muscles being “locked long” or “locked short.” Even if you think you have good posture, you probably do not, as misalignments are often not obvious to the untrained eye. 

What exactly is Integrated Positional Therapy, and how does it work?

Integrated Positional Therapy teaches how to quickly identify the most common misalignments and to develop a quick and simple approach to getting back into balance. IPT is a gentle and simple self-care approach that has been shown to be effective at successfully addressing a wide-range of common acute/chronic neuromuscular conditions and associative pain.  Unlike conventional methods that focus on the symptoms of pain and pain management, IPT takes a novel approach to eliminate neuromuscular pain at its root cause. 

With a focus on the close relationship that musculoskeletal imbalances play in the development of general and localized pain, IPT delivers simple, therapeutic self-care movements that  help correct muscular imbalances and effectively hone-in on many of the root causes of pain. 

Developed by neuromuscular therapist Lee Albert, NMT, Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT) incorporates techniques such as Strain/Counterstrain, stretching and home care to re-align the body’s structure and relieve pain caused by structural imbalances. IPT effectively addresses pain patterns caused by injury, stress, repetitive strain, postural distortion and chronic neuromuscular conditions.
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