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Photo of a male hiker helping a female hiker climb onto a boulder, with a sunset over the beach in the background

Egoscue History

The Egoscue Method is the result of one person’s extensive search for an answer to debilitating chronic pain

A Purple Heart, Pioneering Pain Relief

The Egoscue Method was created by Pete Egoscue through his efforts to find solutions for his own chronic pain. His story is familiar to anyone who has suffered without being able to find relief, and the solutions he discovered on his journey can help you be pain-free for life and live the life you want!

More than four decades ago, Pete Egoscue returned from Vietnam with a Purple Heart and ongoing nerve pain due to wounds suffered in battle. Like many of us, Pete was conditioned to rely on medical experts, but they focused on his symptoms and were unable to help him. So Pete began his search for a way to live pain-free, finding the true cause of his symptoms—his posture and balance.

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What Is The Egoscue Method?

The Egoscue Method is a form of postural therapy used to eliminate chronic pain and increase functional mobility.

It involves:

  • An introduction to The Method from a trained, certified therapist.
  • A discussion about the client’s pain and function, how it’s impacted their life, and what their goals are after alleviating pain.
  • Use of our proprietary ePete technology to capture images of your posture to identify issues that are leading to your pain.
  • Use of a computer-generated list of exercises and corrective poses (called “menus”) designed to correct your individual needs. This list can easily be adapted for those with physical limitations.
  • Ongoing support and in-person updates in a comfortable, positive, safe environment.

The Egoscue Method is acclaimed worldwide for focusing on posture and balance to eliminate chronic pain attributed to our modern lifestyles—repetitive use, commuting, typing, texting, sports injuries, accidents, aging, and more.

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Photo of the Egoscue founder, Pete Egoscue, speaking to a woman stretching her arms out sideways

Who Is Pete Egoscue?

Pete Egoscue is an anatomical physiologist with more than four decades of experience healing people in pain and removing the emotional limitations that result from it. A former Marine Corps Major who served in Vietnam, Pete has devoted his life to helping others alleviate chronic pain and the physical and psychological suffering it imposes.

The Egoscue Method is based on the fundamental belief that the body is perfect by design, and that most pain is the result of imbalances due to overuse or injury. Pete believes the human body has amazing regenerative power and can heal itself if postural alignment is restored.

Over the years, Pete developed hundreds of gentle exercises that—when done with proper form in the right sequence—can restore posture, eliminate chronic pain, and increase functional mobility.

Pete Egoscue has discussed his method in great detail in his books such as Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain, The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion, Pain Free Living, Pain Free for Women, and Pain Free at Your PC.

Egoscue at a Glance

  • Started:1971
  • Clinic locations:25
  • Certified therapists:544

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