Balance Within Therapist, Darcy McCormick, Completes Advanced Myofascial Release Certification


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We are happy to announce that our fantastic therapist Darcy just completed the prestigious “Advanced” Certification in the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Method. This involves well over 200 hours of coursework as well as working directly with John Barnes in the clinic for an entire week. Passionate about giving the very best care for her patients, she has completed this certification in record timing!

Darcy joins the rest of our Physical Therapy team who have also completed either “Advanced” or “Expert” certifications in this method. We’re proud to be known as the Premiere Myofascial Release Physical Therapy Clinic in Southeastern Wisconsin. Offering these rare specialty certifications allow us to help our patients defeat their aches & pains & get back to doing what they love, even when other approaches have failed! 

Congratulations again Darcy, we are so very blessed to have you and your wonderful spirit as an integral part of our team at Balance Within!

How You Sit Matters - Tips For Better Work Habits

The way you work influences how you feel!

Do you find yourself sitting like this?


I think we all have at one time or another, but spending a lot of time working in poor alignment can result in headaches, neck and shoulder pain and tightness, low back pain, and increased risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.  Review the tips below that explain how to set up your workstation properly. Making these changes will facilitate better alignment and posture and reduce aches and pains. Remember to take the time to check in on and correct your posture several times throughout your work day. Your body will thank you later!

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If you’d like to learn more about improving your posture and reducing your aches and pains, email or give me a call!


Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS

Call Jill directly at 414.315.2477

Email Jill HERE

The Powerful Beauty In Simplicity

The human body is quite possibly the most marvelous creation in all of Mother Nature’s work. The complexities on how everything works together and continually changes to meet the demands of what is being asked of the body has been studied for thousands of years. However, sometimes, when we have a problem in the body (ex: shoulder pain) there is a tendency in modern medicine to look at primarily only where it hurts. With that approach we can lose sight that there is a full body attached to the problem and that if only work on that spot it’s like patching a crack in a wall in a house and saying ‘we fixed the problem’ but yet we have a foundation that is continually sinking causing many more ‘cracks’ to appear. The real solution?? We call it ‘The Simplicity Equation’. Check out the video to hear about it and how this truly can be your missing link in hiking, biking, or taking part in life with your kids!

Sometimes the healing we seek is a lot easier and closer than we think if we follow 'The Simplicity Equation'

We are here to keep it simple, answer your questions and help you enjoy your summer,

reach out today!

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT 773.807.2469 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT 262.442.5054 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS 414.315.2477 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE 

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT 262.751.6503 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE

Did You Know?

There is More to the Core Than What Meets the Eye!


Some of the most elite athletes may look good on the court, field, or track, but they may still have a weak core!  Six-pack abs (Rectus Abdominis) look good, but Transverse Abdominis is what really needs attention. This muscle is part of our deepest core muscles, it is our built-in support structure for the spine and pelvis, and is key to our overall well being!

We are all amazing at finding the easiest way to function in life.  We can simply adjust our posture in order to avoid using our core--it is so much easier!  However, eventually that poor posture affects other body parts such as neck, shoulders, back, knees and feet.  That’s when our bodies scream at us with PAINl! We need to activate our REAL core in order to support our whole body and keep us moving efficiently and pain-free.

How do we know if we are properly recruiting the REAL core?  There is a fairly simple way to assess your core with use of palpation during specific movements, and when necessary, a useful biofeedback tool similar to a blood-pressure cuff, to help you learn how to engage your Transverse Abdominis in order to stabilize your pelvis.

If you would like to learn how to engage your  REAL core, you are invited to join Darcy McCormick at her next Release PLUS class on Monday, June 24th, 5-6 pm.  If you cannot attend this special class, make an appointment with any of our therapists at Balance Within PT to assess your CORE.

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT 773.807.2469 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT 262.442.5054 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS 414.315.2477 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE 

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT 262.751.6503 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE

Did You Know?

#1 Recommended Treatment for Fibromyalgia


Current science & research has found that highly specialized hands-on work, specifically, the John F. Barnes Method of Myofascial Release, is the most effective for treating Fibromyalgia. This treatment approach is highly recommended by Expert Physician, Dr. Genevra Liptan, MD, whose advice is followed closely by the popular Fibromyalgia Treatment Program at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Liptan has suffered from Fibro herself for many years and her website and several best-selling books provide a wonderful roadmap to healing.

Are you interested in the highly effective yet extremely gentle John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach? Contact us today as our therapists have each completed more than 200 hours of this specialized training and have obtained “Advanced” and “Expert” certifications.

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT 773.807.2469 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT 262.442.5054 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE

Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS 414.315.2477 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE 

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT 262.751.6503 (Direct) or EMAIL HERE

Did You Know?

The Shoulder Joint is the Most Mobile Joint in Your Body

It is also the least stable joint in the human body, which is why it is the most commonly dislocated joint.  Most people think of the glenohumeral joint as the shoulder joint, but the shoulder complex actually consists of four joints.  These joints are the glenohumeral joint, the sternoclavicular joint, the acromioclavicular joint and the scapulothoracic joint.  When you move your arm, accessory movements or joint play motions occur within each of these joints. These movements include roll, spin, and glide and are important for proper joint function.  

Due to the limited bony stability of the glenohumeral joint, the rotator cuff muscles play a key role in stabilizing this joint.  The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles called the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. These muscles all originate on the scapula (shoulder blade) and insert on the humerus.  Besides contributing to the stability of the glenohumeral joint, the rotator cuff muscles also create internal and external rotation and contribute to arm abduction and humeral head depression. Humeral head depression is important because without this, shoulder impingement results.  Shoulder impingement creates pain and inflammation, leading to decreased motion and strength.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, we are here to help.  We can be sure that all the joints of your shoulder complex are moving properly and that your rotator cuff muscles are functioning well. The warm weather is here and with it comes many fun activities, such as gardening, volleyball, baseball, swimming, tennis, and water sports.  Don’t let shoulder pain keep you from enjoying this summer!

Reach out to any one of us, by phone or email or book an appointment online now!

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Jill Fraundorf, PT, MS 414.315.2477 (Direct)

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT 262.751.6503 (Direct)

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT 773.807.2469 (Direct)

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT 262.442.5054 (Direct)

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!

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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 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

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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?

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.  



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


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.


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.


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:

Did You Know?

Sleeping Well is Important for your Health and Wellness


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)

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT 262.751.6503 (Direct)

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT 773.807.2469 (Direct)

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT 262.442.5054 (Direct)

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:

  • 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."

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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.”


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?

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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)

Darcy McCormick, PTA, CPT 262.751.6503 (Direct)

Dr. Jereme Trunk, PT, DPT 773.807.2469 (Direct)

Dr. Sarah Trunk, PT, DPT 262.442.5054 (Direct)

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


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:

-Headaches and migraines

-Chronic sinus congestion 

-Low back pain

-Sacroiliac (SI joint), pelvic & tailbone pain


-Fall injuries 

-Post operative adhesions (scar tissue) 


-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!

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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



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


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.  


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

262.751.6503 (Direct)