Dynamic Balance

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What is Dynamic Balance?
For years, Dynamic Balance has been the last resort for people recovering from trauma and fighting chronic pain. The lessons learned from these struggles have been distilled into the practice of Therapeutic Physical Care. We consider both the physical body and the psyche to create a psychephysical approach. Our purpose is to help others avoid and alleviate chronic pain.
What is the Foundation Five?
The Foundation Five are a group of fundamental exercises that will train your body to move with proper motion. These simple but detailed movements that when practiced with discipline trains the muscle memory necessary to keep the deep postural muscles of the spine and joints strong and attuned to fight the ravages of daily living that contribute to poor posture.
What is the Dynamic Dozen?
The Dynamic Dozen consists first of the Foundation Five, the essential starting point of Mark St. Peter’s approach to physical training. Seven complimentary exercises to the F5 create the D12, a complete, elemental fitness program that is effective for those who struggle with pain, athletes, and those in between.
What is the Basic 21?
The Basic 21 are the introductory movements in the Dynamic Balance process. It is a series that is designed to combat postural and kinetic aberrations, build base strength from the inside out, and maintain physical well being into old age.They will improve daily function and longevity.

As a collective they address flexibility, strength, endurance, and our proposed 4th pillar of fitness: stress-disruption. This “Erasers” category of movements are intentional interruptions of held static-tension. The participant begins with the Foundation 5, movements which are done mostly lying down. They progress to other movements in the Basic 21 based on need and ability.

The Basic 21 builds your ability to stay aligned throughout the day, no matter what activity you’re doing. Proper alignment leads to less strain on the entire body This allows you to build a pathway out of pain and provides a solid platform for athletic life.

What methods does Dynamic Balance use?
We use many techniques and have created our own process that is unique in the industry.

We combat pain by using what we call the “Manual Therapy Triad.” This consists of strength training, stretching, and the hands-on tissue manipulation of bodywork. These three elements of direct care combine to provide greater benefit than any element alone. These are the three components of the Dynamic Balance method of Therapeutic Physical Care.

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How can I avoid chronic pain?
Much like dental hygiene helps us keep our teeth healthy, Kinetic Hygiene keeps our joints healthy. Kinetic Hygiene promotes lifelong physical health, maintaining postural accuracy, and preventing the development of maladaptations that can grind on joints and stress muscles with every step.

As humans our prime tool against pain and disability from chronic pain is to care for the frame. Much like brushing and flossing controls the ravages of bacteria, moving accurately maintains strength and reduces wear and tear. Moving through the world misaligned grinds us down.

What is kinetic hygiene?
Our prime tool against chronic pain is what we call “Kinetic Hygiene.” Just like dental hygiene helps us keep our teeth healthy, Kinetic Hygiene helps us keep our joints healthy. Kinetic Hygiene promotes lifelong physical health, maintaining postural accuracy, and preventing the development of maladaptations that can grind on joints with every step.
How can Dynamic Balance improve my posture?
Our Basic 21 programs and classes will help you build and maintain the core strength and awareness necessary to keep your body properly aligned. This will allow you to discover your own movement patterns at a deeper level, letting you move healthier all day long.
How is Dynamic Balance different from physical therapy?
Physical therapy is prescribed after an injury and is focused on returning to normal activity. Dynamic Balance is a long-term process that anyone can benefit from, whether overcoming injury, staying healthy, or building athletic prowess.
Can Dynamic Balance help me with back pain?
Absolutely! We’ve had great success alleviating back pain, including sciatica. It all starts with the Foundation Five, which will take the curve out of your low back and align your head and neck above your spine. Check out our testimonials (link to testimonials) and get started here (link to F5). If your condition is serious, involving surgery or suffering for a long time, a private consultation is suggested.
What is bodywork?
If you are a person who likes the feel-good experience of traditional massage, know that bodywork at Dynamic Balance is not massage. Relaxation is often the focus of massage, while the bodywork at Dynamic Balance is more concerned with function of the muscle-tendon-nerve complex as an organ. Scar tissue and fibrous adhesions accumulate in the soft tissues after injury or from chronic tension. We want to break these apart, prompting the body biology to restructure tissues and heal. This is always combined with attention to posture through corrective exercise.
Why should I try the Dynamic Balance method?
There are four general reasons why you should try our ways:

  1. You have been badly injured, lost physical capacity and just want to be strong again.
  2. You are facing a surgery that you wish to avoid.
  3. You have an interest in maintaining your posture and function at optimal levels for longevity.
  4. You are an athlete who seeks a solid base, to get an edge on the competition, or get your mojo back.

We’ve been told all our lives that we need to maintain proper posture. We are rarely told more about it than that we should “sit up straight.” Proper posture is so much more than that, it’s Kinetic Hygiene! And the Dynamic Balance system can help you attain it.

If you’ve lived through a traumatic injury there’s a good chance that you’re not fully recovered. Let us help. Even if you haven’t suffered an injury, your daily movements are probably causing wear and tear that could lead to chronic pain. Daily wear is a factor of many knee or hip replacements. We want you to avoid those pitfalls by building proper postural control today.