Glossary of Terms
Anatomically inaccurate patterns of body and limb movement that contribute to musculoskeletal stress.
The dominant postural pattern of domesticated human society. It is characterized by forward carriage of the head and neck, excessive lumbar curvature, a locked knee stance, and heel-strike gait. In the Dynamic Balance system, the domesticated reflex pattern is considered aberrant in relation to the primal reflex pattern and is the root cause most chronic musculoskeletal pain in modern society.
The reprogramming of primal neural reflex and deprogramming domesticated control within the musculoskeletal system. This process emphasizes correcting posture and the elimination of aberrant kinetic patterns. The goal of DRR is to retrain the body to the primal reflexive influence.
A process of restructuring and repairing musculoskeletal tissues from chronic dysfunction that includes the purposeful mechanical break down and guided regrowth of adhered, fibrous tissues. This process respects and is guided by natural physiological cycles of cellular regeneration.
A specific exercise pattern consisting of multiple exercises that progresses from simple, low-intensity movements to more complex and intensive movements. These movement patterns are born from the pure movement planes of full body flexion and extension with respect to top-down (cephalo-caudal) and bottom-up (caudo-cephalic) movements. The patterns emphasize single-joint control before segmental control.
A distortion of primal postural and kinetic patterns of the body as a result of domestication, injury, or other influence.
A conceptual tool to frame therapeutic physical care, consisting of strength training, stretching, and hands-on tissue manipulation. The Triad is a term that recognizes a synergy between these three elements of direct care that combine to greater benefit than any element alone.
The maintenance of musculoskeletal posture and movement patterns that promote lifelong physical health. Physical hygiene maintains postural and kinetic accuracy and prevents the development of maladaptation.
Posture associated with alertness and readiness. It is characterized by dynamic, engaged positions of the joints from ankle to base of skull. The pelvis is in a neutral position, with knees bent, shoulders in line with head and neck, and knees and ankles slightly flexed and actively bearing weight.
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 unmeasurable 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. Read more about the Dynamic Balance psychephysical approach.
Any of a range of dysfunctions associated with muscle, tendons, ligaments, or cartilage of the musculoskeletal system.
A novel approach to physical training and therapeutics that emphasizes core control and awareness. This process focuses on the accuracy of basic core movements before progression to fitness or athletic goals. The goal is to overcome and eliminate musculoskeletal maladaptation. Read more about Therapeutic Physical Care.
Hands-on, intensive, targeted bodywork and/or stretching, with intention to break down scar tissue and adhesions in the soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system and foster restructuring and regeneration.
The result of a two-part process of implementing programs of DTR and DRR through purposeful application of elements of the manual therapy triad.