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John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release

All of our Physical Therapists specialize in the John F. Barnes’ style of Myofascial Release, one of the true specialty niches of our practice. It was this approach that allowed Dr. Jereme to completely rid himself of chronic back pain after suffering daily for 20 years and what inspired us to open Balance Within PT! Hailed as ‘The Missing Link in Traditional Therapies’, this powerful form of Myofascial Release is also incredibly gentle.

How it works: Stubborn, tight restrictions of the fascia are released through hands-on techniques and exercises that stretch the body’s muscles and connective tissue to their (gentle) barrier and held for a sustained period of time (usually 2-5 min). After this time, deep and often long-lasting releases occur. Many people describe the feeling afterwards as ‘the straightjacket is gone’ or ‘that crushing pressure on my back/neck/knee/etc disappeared’. It’s estimated that compression or torque forces from fascial restrictions can exert forces of up to 2,000 lbs per square inch so it’s no wonder people feel so great when this is released!

While there are many different types of Myofascial Release and just about any Physical Therapist or Massage Therapist will tell you that they practice MFR (myofascial release), it is extremely rare to find someone (let alone the majority of PTs in one practice) that have completed 200+ hours of training in this specialized approach with Advanced or Expert level certifications. Most other types of MFR are very aggressive and not long-lasting (ie: deep tissue massage, Rolfing, Graston, etc) so it’s very important to make this distinction when you’re looking for long-lasting results. We’ve had a lot of success helping people with chronic pain that has not responded to other approaches, especially when we integrate this style of approach in their care.

CranioSacral Therapy

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 believed to be created by pressure fluctuations related to the production of and reabsorption of cerebrospinal fluid. CranioSacral Therapy is the gentle yet powerful evaluation & 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. We’ve found this approach especially helpful to calm down the nervous system in cases of stress or chronic pain, relieve headaches/migraines & TMJ/jaw pain issues, relieve chronic sinus congestion, help with low back & pelvic pain, tailbone pain, sacroiliac (SI) joint pain, fall injuries, scoliosis, autonomic nervous system imbalance, neck pain and circulation problems. Dr. Jereme and Jill both offer this specialized approach and are especially skilled with integrating this into helping patients with headaches, migraines and TMJ/jaw pain problems.

Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

All of our highly specialized Physical Therapists have a solid foundation of working many years in an outpatient Orthopedic/Sports Medicine style clinic before coming to work at Balance Within. This means we are all experts in how joints, muscles and the spine should all align, move, and function together… everything from the nitty gritty little stabilization movements to what healthy movement patterns look like throughout the whole body. We’re able to use our Doctorate-level education to apply the very best of traditional science & evidence-based Physical Therapy and use this incredibly vast knowledge to apply just the right approach at the right time for our patients. We pride ourselves in being a clinic where we help simple/acute injuries recover as quickly as possible and for helping patients with chronic/complex problems get results, even when other approaches have failed. And it’s all due to integrating all of these approaches along with the strong foundation of Physical Therapy.

Women’s Pelvic Health

The pelvis is an area of the body that is sadly neglected in our lives, in medical practice and in the Physical Therapy world as well. The pelvis is the foundation of the body and if it’s not in alignment and/or our muscles aren’t stabilizing it properly, all sorts of joints up and down the chain start talking to us… and eventually even yelling with pain. The pelvic floor and core musculature are vitally important stabilizers that especially deserve some attention. We’re proud to offer Women’s Pelvic Health Physical Therapy that truly integrates this powerful part of our body into our whole. We have a strong track record of helping women with urinary leakage (incontinence), diastasis recti, prolapse or painful intercourse/pelvic pain/dyspareunia. For our prenatal ladies, we are grateful to be able to provide a much more thorough approach to preparing for baby & doing all we can to facilitate an easier birthing process while keeping you comfortable. For our postpartum mamas, restoring the strength and coordination of your core & pelvic floor as well as teaching your body how to stabilize and lift/push/pull/get back to being fully active safely is incredibly empowering. And for our patients with joint pain, many are surprised when we start to address core and pelvic stabilizer strengthening to help take the strain off their joints and to get their muscles acting like the ‘shock absorbers’ throughout the body that they’re supposed to be.

While we do offer many ‘specialties’ at Balance Within PT, truly our body is a whole and we work as a team to integrate whichever specialty components of care each of our patients need and deserve to help them meet their goals, get them back to feeling great and living to their best lives. To learn more about our unique and integrative approach, please CLICK HERE.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a process of inserting small sterile disposable mono-filament needles into specific trigger points in the muscles to release tension in the muscle groups targeted. 

When placing the needle at a trigger point, an interesting phenomenon occurs – the whole muscle group “triggered” by the insertion of the tiny needle begins to twitch or spasm, causing (in fancy PT terms) a depolarization of the muscle. And what does depolarization mean, you ask? Basically, it just means the muscle is allowed to relax, let go of tension, and reset completely. 

Dry needling helps to target muscles and tissues that may not be manually shifted and engaged with specific stretches and exercises.

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