Exploring, Defining, & Achieving Goals Since 1991
We believe that you can optimize your body’s capacity for restoration by eliminating the maladaptive patterns that cause chronic pain.
Whether you suffering from minor injury or serious trauma, your body has the ability to heal itself. This natural process can be guided and fostered through strength training, intensive stretching, and tissue manipulation. We call this approach “Therapeutic Physical Care.” We consider both the physical body and its relation to the mind, a symbiosis we call “psychephysical.”
Our approach can be tailored to all physical needs and goals. Whether you are a performance-focused athlete, have a repetitive stress injury, want to improve your fitness level, or have suffered major trauma or disability, we can help you regain function and improve performance.
One goal of Dynamic Balance is to promote lifelong physical health. We refer to this concept as physical hygiene. Just as good oral hygiene promotes dental health and longevity, good physical hygiene prevents the development of maladaptations. It maintains postural and kinetic accuracy and minimizes the wear and tear of aberrant kinetic patterns.
In our society, everyone develops maladaptive patterns.
Office workers, dentists, hairdressers, construction workers, musicians, the physically challenged, and athletes of all kinds – each have specific maladaptive patterns (they also have associated pain syndromes and injuries). These patterns arise from excessive, inaccurate, and repetitive movements: lifting, reaching, typing, sitting… You can probably identify some of your own bad repetitive motions right now. These patterns can lead to chronic pain and injury.
The tool we use to eliminate maladaptations is the Manual Therapy Triad. The three elements of the triad are foundation strength training, intensive stretching, and hands-on tissue manipulation.
We want to help you overcome the barriers of physical pain and disability and the emotional distress that accompanies limited function; the goal is to restructure tissue damage and correct static and dynamic posture. With our help, you will:
Discover your body’s regenerative abilities. Initiate a physical healing system to improve function and well-being. Regain mobility. Manage or eliminate pain
You are the most important contributor to your program.
Whatever your personal goal – recovery, performance, fitness – your rewards will be proportional to your commitment.
With your commitment and partnership with Dynamic Balance, minor conditions typically require two to eight weeks to resolve. Long-hardened or more severe cases may take 18 months and require on-going maintenance, but most damage can be corrected, at least to some degree.
For years Mark St. Peter had no descriptive term for the work he did. After much exploration, he coined the term psychephysical training to describe a small but evolving community within the healing arts.
Psychephysical pertains to the interrelation of mind, soul, and spirit, and the influence of intention on the chemical, electrical, and biological functions of the physical body. The commonality shared by all psychephysical practitioners is that they combine physical movement, hands-on work, and attendance to the conscious and subconscious needs of those seeking their help.
The definition of Psychephysical:
- Psyche: n. 1. The human soul, spirit, or mind. 2. the mental or psychological structure of a person, esp. as a motivating force.
- Physical: adj. 1. of or pertaining to the body. 2. of or pertaining to that which is material: the physical universe.
- Psychephysical: adj. 1. Pertaining to the interrelation of the metaphysical elements of mind, soul and spirit (one’s own or another’s) and their direct, but as yet undefined, motive influence on the intentions, actions, capacity, and functions of the physical body. 2. Relating to the observation of the measurable and the as-yet un-measurable physical and metaphysical energies of mind, soul and spirit within and between individuals and their manifestations in the observable living physical matter of a person.
The definition of Therapeutic Physical Care:
Therapeutic Physical Care is the space between physical fitness and physical therapy. It centers on attention to the correction and prevention of physical dysfunction through specific conditioning and movement patterns.
Therapeutic Physical Care teaches a deeper understanding of the body and its regenerative capacity. It can help improve physical function and manage or eliminate pain.
The Dynamic Balance Credo:
- Understand each person as an individual.
- Educate, don’t dictate
- Treat each person with respect and genuine concern
- View each person as an individual with unique needs
- Apply focus and attention to the task
- Show each person their unexplored limits
According to the American Pain Foundation, more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Common causes include back pain and joint pain caused by osteoarthritis. Anyone who has suffered from chronic pain knows that it can affect ability to work, socialize, and participate in activities of daily life. Many people with chronic pain have been told that it is untreatable or that pain medications are the only therapeutic option. Dynamic Balance helps chronic pain sufferers by evaluating the underlying causes of the pain and designing a program to support the affected region and alter motions that cause pain.
Dynamic Balance also specializes in helping individuals who have suffered injury, serious trauma, or debilitating physical degeneration. Mark St. Peter, founder of Dynamic Balance, understands trauma recovery first-hand. During his own recovery from serious trauma he developed many approaches to recovery that inform what Dynamic Balance is today.