Total Body Balancing – Cutting Edge Physical Therapy

Published by Shauna Burchett, OTR/L on

Synergy Healthcare in Spokane, WA offers physical therapy, occupational therapy,Ā and FeldenkraisĀ®. Our clinicians are trained in many different techniques including Total Body Balancing (TBB).

What is Total Body Balancing?

Total Body Balancing was developed by Terry D’Ambrogio, a physical therapist, osteopath and acupuncturist. After years of experience and hundreds of classes on different specialized techniques, he noticed two interesting things: 1) most clinicians focused on the site of pain when they treat, not necessarily the true source of dysfunction and 2) many had trouble merging the techniques they had learned together to make an effective treatment. So he designed an evaluation and treatment model based on classical osteopathy as a back bone for clinicians to start with.

What Is Involved in the Evaluation?

During the evaluation the clinician will observe your posture and test your range of motion, tension and other special orthopedic tests designed to give a general idea of where lines of tension are running through your body. Evaluations can take anywhere from five minutes to over half an hour depending how thorough the clinician wants to be. Why is an evaluation so important? 1) It is a base line for you and the the clinician to compare any changes from the treatment to and 2) it can really show that the site of pain is not the source of dysfunction.

What Is a TBB Treatment Like?

A full TBB treatment consists of five phases with the patient laying on their back, front, left side, right side and finally sitting. In each phase the clinician will use your limbs as long-levers, gently taking them through their range of motion to release lines of tension throughout the whole body. An ideal treatment will be relaxing and last around 40 minutes. The remaining treatment time targets work on the problem ares the clinician found.

Physical Therapist lifting the world

Just like you can use a lever to lift heavy objects, your limbs can be used as levers on the body to gently focus force on a particular area. These long levers can break up tension faster than a short-lever ask your physical therapy clinician.

What Can TBB Do For Me?

Just like the name implies Total Body Balancing treats the whole body not just the site of pain which might miss the underlying problem. A whole body treatment will clear up large lines of tension. When more targeted techniques are used they will last longer without being pulled out of place. TBB is great for athletes, chronic conditions and as a part of a wellness plan. Why not try it today?

Shauna Burchett, OTR/L

Shauna Burchett, OTR/L is a skilled occupational therapist and the owner of Synergy Healthcare. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 1993 with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Shauna began her career as an occupational therapist specializing in traumatic head injuries. She has also worked in skilled nursing facilities specializing in long and short term geriatric rehabilitation. Shauna has been in private practice since 1998.