We Love Back Pain

  • Your ONLY option to fix your pain is surgery The last thing you want to do is surgery but are not sure what else can be done?
  • Theres nothing more that can be done for your pain. Are you feeling hopeless after several failed attempts to fix your pain?
  • Your ongoing pain is cause by herniated disc or some other structural change identified on MRI, x-ray or another diagnostic test.
  • Physical therapy WONT help you Unknowingly many people are told PT will not help when in fact
  • You need to stop exercising Or stop doing the activities you love to do such as running, working out or your sport?
  • Your CAN feel better and get back to your normal activities.
  • You may NOT need surgery to resolve your pain. 
  • You CAN continue to exercise while you rehab your injury.
  • Your MRI may have nothing to do with your pain.
  • Your tight Hamstrings are not the cause of your back pain. Contrary to traditional PT, we find stretching your hamstrings makes your back pain worse.
  • Austin Physical Therapy can help you where other PT clinics have failed.
  • Austin Physical Therapy is not like any other PT you've been to.

How We Are Different

Austin Physical Therapy's goal was to bring functional rehabilitation to Huntsville and North Alabama that centered on the patient. After starting and managing a very successful PT practice for local Spine surgeons for 9 yrs, owner and physical therapist Jay Austin saw the need to offer evidence-based functional rehab to people in all walks of life.

Most of us have had the experience of seeing a physician or other health care provider that didn’t take the time or have the knowledge to place their hands on us – to test, to feel, to measure what the cause of our pain or dysfunction is. At Austin PT, we promise to take the time to evaluate and assess what your body is doing, what position it is in, and what limitations you have. Our assessments are objective, measurable, and focused on functional improvements.

Our clinicians are trained in the Postural Restoration Institute® of physical medicine. We recognize that our bodies are created inherently asymmetrical. At Austin PT, we offer an innovative approach that goes beyond what a traditional therapy offers. We work towards fining the source of pain and not just dealing with the symptoms of the source.

Our approach to treatment is to understand how the biomechanical, respiratory and neurological systems all integrate together. We see the “big-picture” of how all of these systems work together in your body, and our exercises are based on this principle. We may have you working your left hamstring and your left adductor – all while breathing into a balloon – because this is how your body functions in real life. 

Hear More About Our Approach, Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)!

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How Does PRI Help My Pain?

Postural Restoration is based on the concept of eliminating unwanted muscle tension as it develops in the body. This tensions, over time, can cause pain in all parts of the body. This muscle tension may be a result of many things, including but not limited to:

  • trauma
  • habitual movement patterns
  • respiratory patterns
  • right or left handed patterns
  • as a response to pain
  • and as a result of stress

When excessive muscle tension is present, there is a contraction or shortening of the muscle. This places abnormal forces on the joints and the soft tissue that supports them (muscle, tendon, cartilage, ligaments, etc). This is observed during a physical therapy examination as a reduction in flexibility, ROM, strength, and poor posture.

The result is pain that may develop at the site of the muscle tension or at some distant location as the body compensates.

Relaxation of the muscle tension is necessary to achieve neutral posture, full ROM, strength, and flexibility, and ultimately to reduce the abnormal forces in the area of pain, so that tissue healing and subsequent pain reduction can occur. There are a number of ways that this can be achieved. Treatment of the muscle tension requires an approach that activates the muscles in the body that opposes the muscles that are contracting unnecessarily. Activating the antagonistic muscle will shut down the unwanted muscle contraction through reciprocal inhibition. For example, if the quadriceps are over contracting, the hamstrings can be used to help them relax because they work in opposition.


What Does PRI Look Like For Me?

  Exercise Program

There are two main categories of treatment that are generally used to achieve Postural Restoration. The first intervention, and the most important for success, is the home exercise program. Many of these exercises are done on the floor with your feet on the wall in what is termed the 90/90 position because both the hips and knees are at a right angles.

Then functional and integrative exercises are progressed to sitting and standing as a neutral posture is achieved and maintained. There are also exercises that will achieve neutral posture in the frontal and transverse planes. As the pattern of muscle tension is eliminated, the frequency of exercise can diminish.

  Manual Therapy

The second treatment approach that is commonly used in Postural Restoration is manual therapy. This approach requires the therapist to guide the body into the new positions as you engage the muscles to hold those positions. Most of these techniques work the ribcage/torso to help with realignment.

The muscles that are often found to be in a state of tension are accessory muscles of inhalation (breathing in), and the diaphragm. Most of the home exercises and manual therapy techniques incorporate breathing, and specifically exhalation (breathing out) because they work in opposition.

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