Art of Health Physical Therapy

Body Tuning Sessions

The human body is like a complex machine with many moving parts (i.e. joints are like hinges, muscles and ligaments are like cables that provide support and also produce movement, nerves are like electric wiring, and fascia, skin and connective tissues are the coverings that hold everything together). Just like a car or a musical instrument that needs to be tuned up to help make it function at its optimum level, so does our body!

Is Pain good thing or bad thing?

Pain is a body's way of giving us a sign that something is wrong or that we are at risk of harming ourselves. Therefore, it is important that we pay attention to the body’s signals, which may be in the form of minor aches and pains, stiffness, discomfort, decrease freedom of movement etc. and address before them before they get worse. This is where Body Tuning sessions come in. It is a proactive way to prevent mechanical malfunction or breakdown that would hinder or make it difficult to perform our daily activities.

Optimal biomechanical functioning of the body depends on the balance between stability and mobility. Since physical therapists are considered movement specialists, we can help identify the source of this mechanical malfunction and give you recommendations how to restore optimal mechanics of your body.

What to expect...

Head to toes assessment looking for:

  • Postural asymmetries
  • Areas of restriction or tightness in your joints and soft tissues
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Faulty and inefficient movement patterns

Individualized recommendations that may include:

    • Education on proper alignment, posture and body mechanics
    • Therapeutic exercises (stretch what is tight and strengthen what is weak)
    • Self- mobilization to address fascial restrictions utilizing balls, foam rollers, massage stick etc.
    • Neuro-muscular re-education of efficient movement patterns involved in our daily activities

Since Body Tuning sessions may consist between 1-3 visits within a 1-month period, it is NOT necessary for a doctor’s prescription (see “Prescriptions” section on Information for our clients for more details).