Try Egoscue for pain-free activity

Like other animals, we humans are creatures of habit.

And part of the routine for many of us is laying low in the winter. Between the cold, rainy weather and the short, dark days, it’s easy to settle into a sedentary lifestyle. But with spring nearly in sight, it’s time to kick the habit and get ourselves moving again.

Though the mind is willing, however, the body may need some coaxing to get back on the bike or out in the garden.

Whether you’re feeling loss of strength from a seasonal hibernation or are just hoping to become more active while avoiding any aches and pains, a good way to prepare your body to be active is with the Egoscue Method. A postural alignment exercise therapy, the Egoscue Method treats musculoskeletal pain by correcting any imbalances that have occurred due to lack of movement, old injuries or repetitive motions.

Developed in the early ’70s by American Pete Egoscue as a way to relieve chronic pain, the drug-free therapy uses gentle corrective exercises and stretches to realign posture and get your body back to functioning the way it was designed to function. Rather than focusing on the particular areas of pain, such as a sore shoulder, however, Egoscue practitioners evaluate and address skeletal imbalances that are behind the symptoms.

After a professional postural assessment and discussion of pain symptoms, an Egoscue practitioner will put together a “menu” of exercises, which are demonstrated one-on-one and tailored to the client’s particular needs. As improvements in strength and alignment occur, the menu is adapted on subsequent visits. From professional athletes to patients with limited mobility, the Egoscue Method can help anyone restore their body’s natural alignment and enjoy the benefits of improved, pain-free function.

Dr. Brigitte Tetrault is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncturist at Courtenay Healing Centre. She can be reached at 250-338-2866 or

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