Specialty Treatments Offered
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.
Orthopedic & Sports Medicine 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 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.