Did You Know?

Using Proper Body Mechanics While You Work and Play Can Save You Time and Money!

It’s that time of year where we are cleaning up in and around our homes, and getting outside more and performing activities we don’t regularly do like raking, pulling weeds, pushing wheel barrows, cleaning carpets, gardening, biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, and so much more!  

All of these activities can be done in such a way that will not hurt our bodies and therefore either cost us time (confined to a horizontal position because our back hurts) or money (visit to the medical professional) to deal with the repercussions!

By thinking of your body as a machine and operating it with the best mechanical advantages, you can save yourself time, money, and pain.

If you are interested in finding ways to use your body machine properly, you’re in luck! I will be giving a crash course on Body Mechanics along with the RELEASE class this Monday, May 20 from 5 to 6 p.m. I hope to see you there!

IMG_0428 2.JPG

Myofascial Release Class + Body Mechanics Crash Course

at Pathways of Light in Delafield 

Release your stress, tension, and pain PLUS learn helpful tips for safe body mechanics while working in your yard or doing those household chores.
Leave feeling relaxed and recharged with improved posture, breathing & pain-free movement. Perform and learn self-treatment techniques to empower yourself with skills for releasing stubborn pain & stiffness. We’ll utilize various therapeutic tools & specialized stretching techniques to gently release myofascial restrictions throughout the body. 
5-6 pm (1/2 hour of Release, 1/2 hour of PLUS techniques)
$30/class (cash or check made out to "Balance Within")
Sign up online HERE
Or RSVP to Darcy directly:Darcy@BalanceWithinPT.com or call/text: 262.751.6503.
Please dress comfortable and BYO yoga mat - see you there! Taught by Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT; a highly specialized John F. Barnes Myofascial Release therapist from Balance Within - Integrative Physical Therapy.

Announcing a FREE EBook Guide for you and your loved ones written by Doctors Jereme & Sarah

Screen Shot 2019-05-13 at 10.12.16 AM.png


9 Quick and Easy Tips for Eliminating Low Back Pain & Staying Pain-Free

Are you or a loved one tired of the pain and holding back from being active & enjoying life due to low back pain? If so, then this guide will be the beginning of an incredible journey of healing and returning you to the active life you desire and deserve!


CLICK HERE for the FREE Download & scroll to bottom of page.




Did You Know?

K-tape can help relieve PAIN and/or help you improve your posture?

Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 12.37.12 PM.png

Kinesiology tape (K-tape, Kinesio tape, or KT) is an elastic therapeutic tape that is used with the intent of treating pain and disability from athletic injuries or a variety of other physical disorders.  K-Tape has been used by manual therapists for 30+ years, however its more recent popularity is largely thanks to the exposure it garnered in the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as in sports like CrossFit and many others.

As a manual therapist in physical therapy, I like to use KT to help patients with EDEMA, PAIN, or to encourage BETTER MOVEMENT or POSTURAL HABITS.  

Screen Shot 2019-05-04 at 12.36.54 PM.png

TAPING FOR PAIN

Allows patient to move optimally as quickly as possible following injury--mitigating the lasting movement effects that are created by pain.

TAPING FOR EDEMA

Decompression of skin and its underlying tissues is one of the primary effects of KTape.  One of the results of this decompression effect is an improvement in fluid handling by the lymphatic system, which travels through the skin, fascia and other connective tissue layers.  A secondary effect of taping is that the tape has a neurological effect that supports normal movement, thereby creating the pumping effect coming from that movement and enhancing the body’s ability to rid the injured site of inflammation.

TAPING FOR POSTURE

Kinesthetic guidance (teaching someone through touching and movement) can translate to changes in behavior 30x faster than auditory instruction.  KTape can be used to help correct posture because it gives kinesthetic guidance to the body and can also be used to give feedback using tension (consciously noticed or not) to promote better positioning and movement.

Darcy+pic.jpg

See if Kinesiology Taping can help you with your pain or posture! Reach out with questions or to schedule an appointment with Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT, CKTP

Call Darcy Direct: 262.751.6503

Email Darcy here: Darcy@BalanceWithinPT.com

Did You Know?

Sleeping Well is Important for your Health and Wellness

sleep-lady-2.jpg

Sleep is a critical period of physiologic recovery. It is important for your immune function, tissue healing, pain modulation, cardiovascular health, cognitive function, learning, and memory. Adequate sleep is defined as 6-8 hours/night, but many people fall short of this. There is evidence that not getting enough sleep on a regular basis increases your risk of various health problems such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression, diabetes, and also puts you at risk for accidents, injuries, falls, and dementia. If you aren’t sleeping well, you may need to improve your sleep hygiene.

Here are some suggestions for proper sleep practices:

  • It is best to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day as this sets your natural biological clock.

  • Establish a relaxing bedtime routine and avoid watching TV or other activities that may increase your stress level.

  • Avoid moderate to vigorous exercise at least 2-3 hours before going to bed as this stimulates your body and brain.

  • Keep in mind that blue light that is emitted from TVs, computers, and smart phones can disrupt your sleep by suppressing your melatonin production.  Therefore, stop using these devices 30 minutes before going to bed.

  • Be sure to invest the time to position your body comfortably and provide it with support.

If you are still having trouble sleeping, we can help. The physical therapists at Balance Within can provide you with recommendations for proper body positioning for improved comfort, evaluate and treat your movement system to reduce the pain that is keeping you from sleeping well, and instruct you in techniques to help you down regulate your sympathetic nervous system and activate your parasympathetic nervous system so you can sleep well to be well.

Call or email any of us with questions or schedule your appointment online today!

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS 414.315.2477 (Direct) Jill@BalanceWithinPT.com

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT 262.751.6503 (Direct) Darcy@BalanceWithinPT.com

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT 773.807.2469 (Direct) DoctorTrunk@BalanceWithinPT.com

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT 262.442.5054 (Direct) DoctorTrunk@BalanceWithinPT.com

Did You Know?

The Inside of Your Mouth Can Bring Relief!

Have you ever had a headache that you just feel like no matter what you do you can’t get to go away and even once it finally goes away it’s back within a few days? Yeah, those are about as enjoyable as listening to a Nickleback CD on repeat (yup, not a fan of the Nickleback!). Problem is, you may be hitting the wrong areas. You tried the neck and shoulders you say? Those can help immensely but you still may be missing the biggest piece… in your mouth! Yeah, in there! It’s actually quite simple…

The muscles that attach to your jaw also attach to your head. When those muscles get tight they can compress your whole head producing that headache that has you laying in bed and not out playing with your kids or even just being able to rest and read a book because you feel miserable. Check out the releases in this video. The 3 muscles I show you often produce relief in one session when I release them on patients in the clinic. Oh, and they can also provide relief for jaw pain too!

The three muscles I look at here are the medial pterygoids, lateral pterygoids and masseter. These are 3 of the biggest key jaw muscle releases to help with headaches as well as jaw pain (TMD/TMJ)! Always consult a trained healthcare professional such as a Physical Therapist before performing intricate self care techniques as shown in the video.

Call or email Dr. Jereme to learn more!

773.807.2469 (Direct)

Did You Know?

Your Organs are in Constant Motion

When you walk, bend, twist, and breathe your internal organs (viscera) move within your abdominal and chest cavities. For example, your kidneys move an inch when you take a breath.  This movement is vital to your health and when you are healthy, these structures move fluidly. When this normal motion becomes restricted, your body is forced to compensate which often leads to functional and structural problems throughout your body.  Loss of motion occurs when tissue in your body becomes inflamed because this results in a decrease of tissue elasticity. Inflammation has many causes including: infections, direct trauma, repetitive motion, diet, environmental toxins, and emotional stress.  Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual (hands-on) therapy that facilitates the release of these restrictions in order to restore normal movement and improve your health.

Visceral Manipulation has been called the  “Missing Link” to the neuromusculoskeletal system.  It is beneficial for the treatment of:

istockphoto-516461949-612x612.jpg
  • Headaches and migraines

  • Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain

  • Low back pain and sciatica

  • Sacroiliac (SI joint) and pelvic pain

  • Joint Pain

  • Whiplash and seat belt Injuries

  • Scoliosis

  • Sports Injuries

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Reach out to Jill to talk about how Visceral Manipulation can help you get back to enjoying movement again! or book online here.

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS

Call Jill directly at 414.315.2477

In Case You Missed It...Part 2

Drs. Jereme & Sarah Trunk were recently featured on a #1 Rated Podcast, CoupleCo, featuring Couples who are smart enough (and crazy enough) to go into business together! Last week we featured part 1 of the podcast, where Jereme and Sarah talked about challenging conventional thinking in their line of work. If you missed it, click here. Otherwise, read on for Part 2! 

Entrepreneurial Balancing Act: Jereme & Sarah Trunk of Balance Within Integrative Physical Therapy, Part 2

"In this episode, we rejoin Doctors Jereme and Sarah Trunk of Balance Within Integrative Physical Therapy to discuss how perfectionism can be the enemy of progress. There's pleasure and the pain of building your own business model instead of following someone else's template. It's OK to take a weekend off - especially when you want to be a couple instead of coworkers. And, regardless of how much prep you do, the necessity of having trust and faith if your going to make a business fly."

Screen Shot 2019-04-07 at 12.35.12 PM.png

In Case You Missed It...

Drs. Jereme & Sarah Trunk were recently featured on a #1 Rated Podcast, CoupleCo, featuring Couples who are smart enough (and crazy enough) to go into business together!

Entrepreneurial Balancing Act: Jereme & Sarah Trunk of Balance Within Integrative Physical Therapy, Part 1

“Doctors Jereme and Sarah Trunk of Balance Within Integrative Physical Therapy are a couple who are truly in love in business together. We’re going to hear them talk about wanting to create something that didn’t exist in the marketplace—which is either very brave or very foolish, depending on who you are and how you look at it. (We’re going with brave.) They’re also challenging conventional thinking in their niche. And in continuing a theme that we picked up with Blackbird Crossfit in Maryland, we’re going to witness more of the power and the joy in running a business that changes people’s lives—this time form the health and wellness side. And they’re doing it in a way that flies in the face of the traditional business model for their industry.”

LISTEN HERE:

Stay tuned for Part 2… in the meantime, peruse the website to learn more about Dr. Jereme, Dr. Sarah and their team or give them a call or email with any questions you might have.

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT

262.442.5054 (Direct)

773.807.2469 (Direct)

Did You Know Myofascial Cupping is not Just for Athletes?

1484248265746.jpeg
Screen Shot 2019-03-24 at 8.59.34 PM.png

You may remember seeing cupping marks or circles on some of the Olympic athletes. This put cupping on the map in the US. Eastern medicine has used cupping for hundreds of years for treatment of back pain, neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite.
Myofascial Cupping therapy is a great way to release fascia. It gives the therapist a “handle” into the fascia (aka connective tissues of the body), allowing them to not press but pull the fascial restriction, thereby giving another approach to coaxing the fascia to let go! The process can also help with blood flow into the tissue as well as to help remove toxins which may be trapped there--causing pain.
I have been using Myofascial Cupping with success for several years. I especially like it for use on restricted backs, shoulders, pecs, IT Bands, hamstrings, and calves.
If you are interested in seeing if cupping can help you, contact Darcy at Balance Within PT and make an appointment today!

Call or email Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT, to learn more.

Call Direct: 262.751.6503

DIY Relief from headaches, neck & shoulder pain

There is one key region in the lower neck/upper back that tends to be one of the most common places of tension in the neck (and into the head).  The muscle’s name is the levator scapulae, however you may know it as ‘that knot that’s always tight in my neck!’ This often happens not only because of poor posture but because this muscle will over-compensate for any weaknesses in the shoulder blade muscles.  This over-tightening of this muscle often produces neck, head and/or shoulder pain. This can be a very tricky spot to stretch/release but an exercise to get in there with a tool that costs around $10, I can nearly guarantee, will work better for you than any other stretch you have ever tried!  Sometimes this one release may be what’s missing for you to relieve your headache or chronic neck pain. Enjoy having less head, neck and shoulder pain from one amazing release! :)

This is an incredibly simple, but very effective technique I developed to get into one of the trickiest spots to help relieve, neck pain, shoulder pain and headaches. Enjoy the relief! :)

If you are interested in the tool, go HERE.

Dr. Jereme, Dr. Sarah, Jill and Darcy are here to help you on the road to a pain free life. Call or email any of us with questions or schedule your appointment online today!

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS 414.315.2477 (Direct) Jill@BalanceWithinPT.com

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT 262.751.6503 (Direct) Darcy@BalanceWithinPT.com

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT 773.807.2469 (Direct) DoctorTrunk@BalanceWithinPT.com

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT 262.442.5054 (Direct) DoctorTrunk@BalanceWithinPT.com

The Wellness Fair just featured our Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT

Check out this quick 4 minute video about his amazing recovery from 20 years of chronic back pain!

This life-changing experience is where it all started - inspiration for he and his wife, Dr. Sarah, to create Balance Within - Integrative Physical Therapy. We’re so blessed to now get to combine these incredibly effective and rare Myofascial Release techniques with Specialized Physical Therapy to help our patients avoid suffering for so long like Dr. Jereme did.

Wondering if you might be suffering from an “Invisible Straightjacket” too?

CURRENT PATIENTS: book online or call/emailDr. Jereme with any questions. Call him directly at 773.807.2469

NEW PATIENTS: Don't forget there is still time to take advantage of our free half-hour discovery visit, let us help you get to the bottom of your pain! This visit is for you if you are not sure if we are a good fit and wanting some more information to help you decide.

LEARN MORE ~ CALL TODAY! 773.807.2469

DID YOU KNOW?

We All Have CranioSacral Rhythm! 

That’s right! Even if your teenager has dismissed your dancing and said you lack rhythm. While this particular rhythm may not improve your boogie, it will give your physical therapist important information about the health of your Craniosacral System.The Craniosacral System is a semi-closed hydraulic system that houses your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). This system connects your cranium (head) to your sacrum (tailbone). Its rhythm is created by pressure fluctuations related to the production and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid. CranioSacral Therapy is the gentle yet powerful evaluation and treatment of this very important physiological system. It is a manual (hands-on) therapy that uses light touch to treat restrictions that limit normal mobility in order to improve the health and function of this system.

CranioSacral Therapy can be an important “Missing Link” for the treatment of:

Screen+Shot+2019-02-25+at+11.22.07+AM.jpg

-Headaches and migraines

-Chronic sinus congestion 

-Low back pain

-Sacroiliac (SI joint), pelvic & tailbone pain

-Sciatica

-Fall injuries 

-Post operative adhesions (scar tissue) 

-Scoliosis

-Herniated discs

-Autonomic nervous system imbalance

-TMJ (Jaw) problems 

-Neck pain

-Circulation problems 

We can help you get back to dancing like nobody’s watching!

Jill+cropped+photo+ 2.jpg
1471034076306.jpeg

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, PDT

Chronic Pain, Spine, Headaches/TMJ, John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy and Orthopedics.

Call Dr. Trunk directly: 773.807.2469

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS

Pain Relief, Orthopedics, Spine, Expert John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Functional Manual Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, CranioSacral Therapy, TMJ Dysfunction, Vertigo/Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Call Jill directly at 414.315.2477

 

GROUNDBREAKING NEW RESEARCH:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cured with specialized Physical Therapy - and no surgery!!!

Screen Shot 2019-02-24 at 8.01.46 PM.png

In a recent article from JOSPT (Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy), it was proven that a few sessions of highly specialized (hands-on) Physical Therapy is more effective than surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. What we’ve been seeing in the clinic for years has been officially proven!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. Symptoms can include hand weakness, pain, numbness, tingling & difficulty with finger coordination. This condition can prevent you from enjoying your normal activities such as yoga, exercising, knitting or sewing, playing tennis, playing with your kids or grandkids, and can cause many missed days of work.  

Darcy+pic.jpg

Call or email Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT, our Wrist & Hand Specialist, to learn more.

262.751.6503 (Direct)

 

Your Jaw Could Be the Cause of Your Headache!

Yes, really! The muscles of your jaw attach to your head/cranium, so when they get tight from such things like poor posture or stress they can add extra pressure to your cranial system, producing problems like a headache (or, yes, even jaw pain!). Instead of reaching for the Tylenol, get to the root of the problem! Seeing a Physical Therapist who is trained in treating the jaw (TMJ) can be what you’re missing. And someone who is trained in both treating the jaw and cranial system may be the difference for you to not miss another day of being in the sunshine, walking your dog or playing with your sweet grand baby!  

Wow Facts: Tension in the jaw can cause…

Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 9.44.54 PM.png
  • Headaches, including migraines

  • Clicking/popping of jaw

  • Chronic sinus pressure 

  • Ringing in the ears (aka Tinnitus)

  • Pain/difficulty chewing

  • Jaw clicking/popping/grinding 

  • Stiffness/soreness in neck 

  • Specialized Physical Therapy treatment improves symptoms 80% of the time!

Balance Within Integrative therapy has two highly specialized Physical Therapists, Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS and Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT  whose patients have a lot of success with addressing these systems of the body. If you are limited by these problems, there’s no need to suffer, we’re here to help!

Jill.png
 
1471034076306.jpeg

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS

Pain Relief, Orthopedics, Spine, Expert John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Functional Manual Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, CranioSacral Therapy, TMJ Dysfunction, Vertigo/Vestibular Rehabilitation

Call Jill directly at 414.315.2477


Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, PDT

Chronic Pain, Spine, Headaches/TMJ, John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.

Call Dr. Trunk directly: 773.807.2469

Eliminating Chronic Low Back Pain

The Key(stone) to Your Back Pain

Screen Shot 2019-01-27 at 7.07.31 PM.png

Did you know your body has a keystone muscle?  Something that has been said to be the tissue connecting your upper half to the lower half of your body?  Something that attaches to ALL 5 of your lumber vertebrae? This heavy hitter is known as the Psoas and it could be the primary cause of your back pain!  It’s no secret that as a society, we sit more now than we ever have throughout the evolutionary timeline of mankind and this muscle is one of the primary muscles that tightens when we sit for long periods.

To help release the psoas, you can lay on a 4-inch inflatable ball in an area about 2 inches to the side of your belly button and 1 inch lower from that spot.  You should feel a ‘ropey’ muscle where you can lay for 3-5 minutes with gentle pressure (NOTE: if you have a history of a hernia or hernia repair we recommend you avoid this exercise).   This can be a big piece of your back pain puzzle and we are here to help you put any other pieces back in place. With an Integrative Physical Therapy approach to the body, like the model used at Balance Within, eliminating chronic low back pain from your desk job is absolutely possible! We’re here to help!

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, PDT    Chronic Pain, Spine, Headaches/TMJ, John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, PDT

Chronic Pain, Spine, Headaches/TMJ, John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.

Get in touch with Dr. Trunk and learn more about eliminating your chronic back pain. Email or call him direct.

 

Call Dr. Trunk directly: 773.807.2469

Do You Experience Knee, Foot or Ankle Pain?

Pelvic malalignment can be the cause of your foot, ankle or knee pain

ankle-knee-hip-pain-ThinkstockPhotos-611783778.jpg

Many times I have worked with patients experiencing recurring leg pain. They often have had it treated before with some success, but are frustrated by frequent recurrence of their symptoms. Often times only the area of pain has been examined and addressed with treatment. The symptoms may improve with this initially, but they eventually return because what wasn’t addressed was the cause of the symptoms. The cause may be located at some distance from the site of the pain and may not be painful, so it is often overlooked by many practitioners. Malalignment of your pelvis will change how your entire body moves and distributes forces. Therefore it is often a root cause of faulty movement patterns that overtime lead to pain in your leg. If you have stubborn knee, ankle or foot pain that is keeping you from the activities you love to do, there is still hope. We will examine and treat your whole movement system to discover and address the root cause of your symptoms so you can get back to an active lifestyle.  

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS   Pain Relief, Orthopedics, Spine, Expert John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Functional Manual Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, CranioSacral Therapy, TMJ Dysfunction, Vertigo/Vestibular Rehabilitation

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS

Pain Relief, Orthopedics, Spine, Expert John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Functional Manual Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, CranioSacral Therapy, TMJ Dysfunction, Vertigo/Vestibular Rehabilitation

Do you have questions about your symptoms?

Call or Email Jill today.

 

Call Jill directly at 414.315.2477

DID YOU KNOW?

Missing Link Provides Life-Changing Solutions for Chronic Pain

Many of our patients begin with similar stories; they’ve had pain for years and have seen many different Doctors, Physical Therapists and other providers without relief. They’re looking for answers and solutions that don’t involve injections, medications or surgery. It never gets old; it’s such a joy and honor to help them meet their goals of returning to an active lifestyle and enjoying life again EVERY TIME. Especially when they had previously given up hope.

So what is it that we do? Our Integrative Physical Therapy clinic specializes in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Method. This is a gentle yet highly effective form of manual therapy providing long-lasting results. Your therapist gently ‘hooks’ into the connective tissue of the body with their hands and holds these tissues in a gentle stretch for several minutes until the tightness/tension literally melts away.

Why does this matter? Tightness/restrictions in the fascia or connective tissue do not show up on any Xrays, MRIs, Ultrasounds or imaging currently offered, however tightness in this system can exert a crushing pressure of up to 2,000 lbs per square inch in the body! Many people describe a feeling of a ‘straight jacket’ or ‘crushing pressure’ in an area of their body when this is happening. This image to the right is especially helpful to illustrate how these restrictions can cause all sorts of compression, misalignment and problems all over the body.

Learn more and feel better: Our Physical Therapy team have each completed hundreds of hours of highly specialized training in the John F. Barnes Method of Myofascial Release, each achieving either the prestigious Advanced or Expert Practitioner Designation. We’re here to help!

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS 414.315.2477 (Direct) Jill@BalanceWithinPT.com

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT 262.751.6503 (Direct) Darcy@BalanceWithinPT.com

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT 262.442.5054 (Direct) DoctorTrunk@BalanceWithinPT.com

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT 773.807.2469 (Direct) DoctorTrunk@BalanceWithinPT.com
 

Your Imbalanced Sacrum Could be the Cause of your Pain

Screen Shot 2019-01-08 at 6.35.49 PM.png

You know what a Wedgy is, but do you know what a Sacrowedgy is?  That’s funny, I know, but a sacrum (tailbone) that is not level is no laughing matter.  Back aches, hip pain, leg pain, and even shoulder and neck pain can be the result of a sacrum that is not positioned as it should be due to myofascial restrictions.  An easy way to balance your sacrum is by using a therapy tool called Sacrowedgy. It is a rubbery type of device which cradles your sacrum as you lay face up on it for 5-15 minutes.  You can be still on the device, or you can add-in gentle movements to enhance the release of the fascia and tissue restricting your sacrum and holding it in an unlevel/imbalanced position. Once your sacrum is level, you will likely notice pain reduction!

If you want to learn more about leveling your sacrum to relieve your low back/tailbone/pelvic pain, check out Darcy’s weekly “Release” Class!

  • Learn life-changing skills in how to release stubborn tight/stuck areas all over your body

  • Learn how to use handy tools like the Sacrowedgy, gentle Myofascial Release balls and foam rollers to perform gentle stretches

  • Have fun & leave feeling looser, relaxed & with less pain!

THURSDAYS

9 - 10 a.m.

Studio 83 Pilates, Hartland

$18/class or discounted with  mat class package purchase

Book online at www.Studio83Pilates.com

or RSVP Darcy@BalanceWithinPT.com

or call/text her: 262.751.6503  

MONDAYS:

5 - 6 p.m.

Pathways of Light, Delafield

$15/class (cash or check)

RSVP Darcy@BalanceWithinPT.com

or call/text her: 262.751.6503

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT; a highly specialized John F. Barnes Myofascial Release therapist from Balance Within - Integrative Physical Therapy.

To learn more about the services Darcy provides and how she can help you achieve better body health, call/text her: 262.751.6503 or email her at Darcy@BalanceWithinPT.com

Introducing Jill, Our Newest Expert PT!

Help us welcome Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS to Balance Within!

Jill is a rare 25-year Expert Physical Therapist that is hands-down one of the very most talented and skilled PT’s we have ever met. We are honored to welcome her to our team! Learn more about her amazing skills below.

Jill cropped photo .jpg

Specializing in: Pain Relief, Orthopedics, Spine, Expert John F. Barnes Myofascial Release, Functional Manual Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, CranioSacral Therapy, TMJ Dysfunction, Vertigo/Vestibular Rehabilitation

“My interest in human anatomy and physiology coupled with a desire to help others led me to become a physical therapist. I have had an incredible career journey fueled by an intrinsic desire to learn and to facilitate healing, which continues still. My combination of advanced specialty skills gives me great access to the connective tissue system. Since this system is the environment for every structure within the body, treating it fosters amazing results and allows my patients to return to the life they want.

Our bodies are constantly changing and have an impressive capacity to adapt. Quite often, pain appears only after the adaptive options have been depleted. This means the underlying causes of pain are often located quite a distance from the pain symptoms. Therefore, it is essential to look at the whole body to effectively address the root causes.

As a physical therapist, I am a movement system specialist and continually witness the inextricable link between movement and health. Delivering excellent treatment certainly demands this science, but I believe that delivering compassionate care is also an art because our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being are inseparable. It is immensely rewarding to help my patients restore and optimize their movement and health, especially when they have been struggling with pain for years without much benefit from other treatments.”

  • Licensed Physical Therapist (UW – LaCrosse, 1993)

  • Master of Science: Human Kinetics (UW – Milwaukee, 2002. Thesis: Effects of Explosive Training of the Hip Abductors on Rate of Force Production, Strength and Motor Function in Older Women.)

  • Adjunct Faculty Member: Evidence-Based Physical Therapy (UW – Milwaukee, DPT Program)

  • Expert Myofascial Release Practitioner (John F. Barnes Method)

  • Functional Manual Therapy (Institute of Physical Art)

  • Visceral Manipulation (Barral Institute)

  • CranioSacral Therapy (Upledger Institute)

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (Curative Rehabilitation Services, Rehabilitation Institute of Wisconsin)

  • Wellness and Injury Prevention (Rehabilitation Institute of Wisconsin)

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy Training (Vertigo Treatment)

  • APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) and WPTA (Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association) Member since 1993

We Have a New Therapist!!!

We are so excited to introduce our new Rockstar Therapist, Darcy!!! 

Darcy's First Day is TOMORROW, Wednesday, 7/11 at Pathways (Delafield). Check out her amazing skills below. We had her treat us as part of her interview process, and we have to say that you're definitely in for a treat! 

P.S. Starting this Thursday, 7/12, Darcy will also be teaching our popular "Release" class every Thursday from 9-10am at our partner location, Studio 83 Pilates in Hartland. Featuring gentle stretching, relaxation and self treatment techniques with Myofascial Release. Learn more and sign up HERE. 

Darcy pic.jpg

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT

Specializing In: Chronic Pain, Spine, John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR), Postural Analysis & Correction, Core Training, Myofascial Release Self-Treatment Training

"I began my journey as a patient suffering from shoulder, neck, and low back pain. Being less active had become a way of life after auto accidents, overuse injuries, and protective parent instincts (slipping on the stairs while carrying my infant). These injuries never seemed to resolve with traditional therapies and kept returning to haunt me.  I finally found relief with myofascial release and therapeutic strengthening; this allowed me to return to playing with the kids, biking, running, and golfing.

My personal experience lead me to my passion of helping others experience authentic healing through MFR, self awareness, knowledge, movement, and education in self treatment. I love helping my patients become independent, happy, and healthy once more! 

My ‘tool box’ of skills has allowed me to help many patients see life-changing results through our joint efforts (pun intended)! You can overcome ANYTHING when you have the right tools!"

  • Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant (MATC, 2012)
  • Myofascial Release Certification (John F. Barnes Method)
  • ART (Active Release Technique) Training
  • ACE Personal Training Certification
  • Function First Pain-Free Movement Specialist
  • Bachelors of Business Administration (UW-Milwaukee)
  • Spine and Orthopedics Specialties (Evolution Exercise & Spine Center, Franklin Rehabilitation)
  • Volunteer Pet Therapy Team (Roger's Memorial Hospital)
  • Owner of PAGO, LLC "People Against Getting Old"; encouraging people to get and stay active with fun outings and events
  • Phone: 262.751.6503 (Direct)
  • Email: Darcy@BalanceWithinPT.com

Note: Darcy is also an Expert Therapist Instructor for our popular "Release" class offered through our partner, Studio 83 Pilates (featuring gentle stretching and self Myofascial Release). Learn more HERE.