Do I have to purchase a bunch of expensive equipment?
No. Clients all over the world have been substituting household items for the equipment we recommend. That being said, clients find that the posture therapy equipment makes doing their exercises much easier and more convenient. We find that clients using the equipment tend to be more successful.
You can purchase the equipment at Therapy Zone.
I recommend getting a package it is a better deal and this way you’ll have all the equipment handy. Although, you can also purchase the equipment separately depending on your needs. I like this package from Therapy Zone. The only things that some packages do not include are the slant board and double pedal (ask your therapist if you will need either of these).
What is the tower? And how does one do it?
Out of all the exercises we do there are a few silver bullet exercises, and among these the tower is the silver bullet of the silver bullets. Almost every client will eventually do some version of the tower. It is that important.
You’re therapist will eventually give you some version of the tower with pictures, videos and instructions, but if you are curious and just want to learn more below are two links that will take you to videos (one short, one longer) of Egoscue’s® Vice President of Therapy explaining the benefits of and how to do one version of the tower. Please contact your therapist if you have any questions.
Longer (older) video on the tower here.
Shorter (newer) video on the tower here.
One more on how the tower helps with degenerative hips.
What are these mirrored glasses (Bed Spectacles) I keep hearing about?
The mirrored glasses are called bed spectacles. They make doing the longer more passive exercises a breeze as they have mirrored prisms in them that allow you to watch tv/movie/read articles on your laptop, for example, if you’re laying on your back all without moving your head.
The glasses are definitely worth the $7-27 dollar investment, see the links below if you want to check them out on Amazon.
- Reizen is the brand we have ourselves and many of our clients have. It has served us well.
- This is another brand that I recently purchased a few pairs of that is cheaper. So far I like it, it feels a bit heavier than the Reizen. It still has good reviews.
- This black pair fits over bigger bulkier glasses, but if you don’t have big glasses I don’t recommend them because you can’t see as well. I feel like the field of view is smaller with this pair and does not have as good of reviews as the other two pairs. My glasses are medium sized and work fine with the smaller Reizen pair.
Whichever pair you get (on the list or not), let us know what you think via email or in the comments below so we can pass on the word!
Exercises?? I don’t know about that! I haven’t exercised in ages!
Good news, the exercises are not the typical exercises that one is accustomed to seeing in the gym. Think of these as gentle corrective exercises and stretches that are tailored to you in order to bring back balance and proper range of motion to your body. Some of the exercises are passive – you get to hang out and relax for a bit. Other exercises are more active – the active ones range from very easy to moderately challenging, but they are always based on a one’s own abilities.