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Breathing Therapy + Postural Restoration®

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Thriving Magazine

Our wellness zine is filled with helpful info to help you live a better, healthier life.

Many people are aware of how breathing exercises are used to reduce stress and anxiety, calm down and meditate, but did you know that breathing exercises can help you unlock spine, shoulder, hip, and ankle range of motion and release chronic tension patterns throughout the body?

Restoring optimal breathing mechanics and good breathing habits can dramatically influence many areas of your life. Dysfunctional breathing can affect your biochemistry and how your body balances its pH levels, carbon dioxide, oxygen, energy levels and quality of sleep. There are hundreds of breathing exercises out there, some are geared to influence our mind, emotions, mental state, and physiology, others are focused on restoring postural biomechanical relationships to improve how the body moves and manages muscle balance. Allow us to help you determine which ones are best for you and your current state of health.

Breathing well is the foundation of good health, posture, and movement. Its the first reflexive involuntary movement that occurs when we are born, last when we die, and our body knows how to preserve, compensate and twist ourselves up to keep us breathing in often inefficient and ineffective ways that can cause many problems in our health and movement patterns. We move parts of our body to breathe in and out over 20,000 times a day, while this is often silent and subconscious, if its occurring in a compromised position or with bad habits, it can create various problems without us even knowing.

Breathing health can be optimized and retrained to improve an array of health and psychophysiological issues.

Breathing dysfunction is a very common undiagnosed problem to many common ailments. Therapy and treatment are not just for those that have a diagnosed breathing issue like asthma, long COVID, COPD, mouth breathing, snoring problem or sleep apnea. Breathing therapy can be a instrumental factor in the treatment of:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Chronic shoulder pain and recurrent shoulder injuries
  • Thoracic outlet compression or tingling in the arms or hands
  • Plantar fasciitis or ankle pain
  • SI dysfunction or hip pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • TMJ or facial pain
  • Chronic fatigue, dizziness, or feeling faint
  • Digestive problems, constipation and gastrointestinal issues
  • Lymphatic drainage issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic coughing
  • Voice or speech problems
  • And more….

The science of Postural Restoration® takes a unique, whole-body approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Most of the time, pain, tension and dysfunction are caused by a mechanical muscular problem relating to muscle actions and movement patterns that are out of sync and imbalanced. We are committed to helping you reach maximum functional performance. Treatment is fully-customized and based on your specific physical needs.

With Postural Restoration®, we perform a series of biomechanical tests to assess your body’s movement. We look at your pelvic movement, breathing diaphragm, rib cage and spinal movements, as well as scapular and shoulder reaching and lifting movements.

What makes Thrive different? Thrive Proactive Health is the only facility in Hampton Roads to have the most highly trained therapist in this kind of treatment approach, and the only clinic in Hampton Roads to be certified by the Postural Restoration Institute.

Did you know your body has a dominant side? The tasks you perform exaggerate this dominance, which forces your body to work asymmetrically. The science behind Postural Restoration® treats these movement inefficiencies, compensation and pain caused by our asymmetric movement patterns.

Your body is a biomechanical linkage of parts. When one part is out of balance, the adjacent parts are influenced and the kinetic change adjusts to find balance. Postural Restoration® focuses on keeping neuromuscular balance between each part and the two sides of your body.

Our goal is to empower you with corrective techniques and education to help you achieve better body balance.

Postural Restoration Diagram Thrive Proactive Health

Breathing Therapy &
Postural Restoration® Services

Available only at Thrive’s Virginia Beach Market Square location.
20% discount offered to military, first responders and healthcare workers for all cash-based services. 

We use a collaborative, team approach for all breathing therapy and Postural Restoration® services. You may receive personalized care from more than one therapist during your treatment.

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Breathing Therapy & Postural Restoration at Thrive Proactive Health

Breathing Therapy Initial Evaluation & Treatment Session

60 minutes $129 $99 (limited-time offer)
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

During your initial session, we’ll evaluate your breathing, airway related issues and postural imbalances related to your breathing habits and asymmetries. We’ll work on breathing exercises to address the areas of concern. During the entire process, you’ll understand the purpose of each exercise and intended outcome. From there, we’ll recommend at-home exercises and a continued therapy schedule so we can get you back to feeling great and moving without pain. 

Please use the chat feature or call us at 757-416-6700 to assess your needs, discuss insurance and schedule your appointment. 

Please use the chat feature or call to schedule your Initial Evaluation: (757) 364-0067

Certified Postural Restoration at Thrive Proactive Health Virginia Beach

Postural Restoration Initial Evaluation & Treatment Session

60 minutes $129
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

During your initial session, we’ll evaluate your symptoms, posture and body mechanics to better determine the source of your symptoms. We’ll work on mobility exercises to address the areas of concern. During the entire process, you’ll understand the purpose of each exercise and intended outcome. From there, we’ll recommend at-home exercises and a continued therapy schedule so we can get you back to feeling great and moving without pain.

*This service is unable to be booked online. Please use the chat feature or call us at 757-416-6700 to assess your needs, discuss insurance and schedule your appointment. 

Please use the chat feature or call to schedule your Initial Evaluation: (757) 364-0067

Restorative & Performance Physical Therapy

Follow-up Session

60 minutes $129
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

We’ll review and assess your progress and continue to work on improving your body mechanics. 

This service is only available for existing clients who have had their Initial Evaluation.

Restorative & Performance Physical Therapy

Express Tune-up Session

30 minutes $89
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

Quick review to assess your progress and work on improving your body mechanics.

This service is only available for existing clients who have had their Initial Evaluation.

Functional Cupping Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Vacuum Cupping

Signature Recovery 60 minutes $89
Quick Fix Recovery 30 minutes $59
Quick Fix 30 minutes $49
* Cost is reduced with membership plans or packages. 

Soften tight muscles, release toxins and improve blood flow to tissues with vacuum cupping. This holistic form of alternative medicine applies vacuum pressure with cups to lift the connective tissues away from the skin.

Restorative Physical Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Physical Therapy Screening

30 minutes $89

Not sure you need breathing therapy and Postural Restoration®? Our physical therapists will assess your postural alignment, educate you on issues found and provide recommendations and/or schedule you for a full evaluation and treatment session. 

*This service is unable to be booked online. Please use the chat feature or call us at 757-416-6700 to assess your needs, discuss insurance and schedule your appointment. 

Please use the chat feature or call to schedule your Physical Therapy Screening: (757) 364-0067

Physical Therapy Applications

Graston Technique therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Graston Technique®

An instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization tool known for its success in effectively treating all soft tissue conditions.

Dry Needling Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Dry Needling

Powerful in treating soft tissue dysfunction, pain, neuromuscular injury and imbalance — dry needling can boost the process of returning your body to a state of balance.

Vacuum Cupping Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Vacuum Cupping

Soften tight muscles, release toxins and improve blood flow to tissues with vacuum cupping. This holistic form of alternative medicine applies vacuum pressure with cups to lift the connective tissues away from the skin.

Theragun Therapy at Thrive Proactive Health

Theragun®

Known as the NBA’s secret weapon, the Theragun® works to loosen tense muscles, relax tendons, improve mobility and more!

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Thriver Love Notes

The level of expertise and professionalism is amazing. I am learning so much about body mechanics and how breath is really life!
Lorrie M.

Julie is the most knowledgeable and skilled physical therapist I know. She has a passion to find the cause of pain and dysfunction that alter her patient’s quality of life.
Chantal O.

Just about the BEST PT place I’ve ever been to! Professional, caring, knowledgeable, and committed to fixing you. Wholeheartedly recommend Thrive!
Scott O.

Meet Your Breathing Therapy & Postural Restoration® Specialist

Julie Blandin

PT, ATC, CSCS, PRC, DipACLM • Provider 

Posture and Movement Health Expert

Julie is an industry leading Sports Rehab and Postural Restoration Specialist with over 17 years of experience in the Fitness and Sports Medicine industry. She is the only Hampton Roads Therapist Certified Provider in Postural Restoration.

Through her diverse educational background and willingness to explore the unknown, Julie has developed an extensive and unique postgraduate skillset to offer you a holistic perspective on injury rehabilitation, prevention, and maintenance. Julie’s expertise bridges the gap between rehabilitation and performance. She highly values and understands the integration involved in the continuum of care associated with treating athletes and patients of all ages.

She has aborted many traditional therapy techniques in the quest to learn an advanced science that offers even the toughest patients some if not complete relief.

“I love purpose, passion, and serving others. Helping people achieve their goals and the health of our team is extremely important to me. I liberate and amplify the strengths and talents of others and facilitate teamwork so that we together can exceed expectations.”
– Julie

Julie’s Experience

  • Licensed Direct Access Physical Therapist
    advanced training in: 
    • Movement Impairments
    • Functional Movement
    • Osteopathic Manual Medicine
    • Pain Science
    • Dry Needling
    • Vacuum Cupping Therapy
    • Anatomy Trains
    • Various Manual Therapies
    • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
    • Certified Provider in Postural Restoration
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
    experienced working with athletes of all levels, including: 
    • Weekend warriors
    • Elite collegiate
    • Professional
    • Tactical
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Extensive Post-Graduate Study in the Postural Restoration Science
  • Faculty Member of the Postural Restoration Institute
    teaching nationally to: 
    • Health Care Practitioners
    • Strength Coaches
    • Athletic Trainers
    • Fitness Professionals

 

On a personal note…

  • Loves boating, beach days, and country concerts
  • A proud military wife
  • Loves to eat anything Italian
  • Favorite movie – Fast & Furious
  • Favorite music – Country

Thrive Proactive Health Virginia Beach

MARKET SQUARE

2830 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Directions

HOURS
Monday • 9am to 7pm
Tuesday • 9am to 7pm
Wednesday • 9am to 7pm
Thursday • 9am to 7pm
Friday • 9am to 4:30pm
Saturday • 9am to 2pm alternating
Sunday • CLOSED

CONTACT INFO
(757) 364-0067
Fax: 757-416-7777

KEMPS RIVER

1320 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Directions

HOURS
Monday • 10:30am to 7pm
Tuesday •  9am to 7pm
Wednesday • 11am to 4pm
Thursday • 9am to 5pm
Friday • 9am to 2pm
Saturday • CLOSED
Sunday • CLOSED

CONTACT INFO
(757) 364-0067
Fax: 757-416-7777

Questions? We're happy to help!