Who We Help
Dynamic Balance offers strategies to all those seeking physical improvement. This includes people with chronic pain, repetitive motion conditions, injuries of any kind, as well as health and fitness enthusiasts. A particular focus at Dynamic Balance is people who suffer from serious injury or trauma. Whether you are an athlete sidelined due to nagging pains or have been completely incapacitated, Dynamic Balance is here to help.
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.1
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.
1 APF Website
Dynamic Balance specializes in helping individuals who have suffered injury, serious trauma, or debilitating physical degeneration. The founder of Dynamic Balance, Mark St. Peter, understands trauma recovery first-hand. The many approaches that he developed during his own recovery from serious trauma inform the Dynamic Balance approach.
Mark's understanding encompasses the exercises and discipline needed for recovery - as well as the deep personal knowledge that he can offer at least some level of improvement to everyone willing to strive for it. No matter the type or severity of injury, Dynamic Balance can design a program to help you manage or eliminate pain, regain function, and live a balanced life.
Our society suffers an immeasurable loss as a result of our disregard for the complete recovery of trauma victims. Individuals who have suffered trauma have a unique understanding and perspective on the intricacies of life. Insight into suffering makes us aware of the common elements of our humanity, our shared vulnerability, and the fine line between thriving and misery.
Mark feels that his best work is with individuals who have suffered trauma or debilitating physical degeneration. His personal history and knowledge give him a deeper understanding of the issues facing those of us who have suffered serious pain and disability. Everyone has the inner resources to achieve extraordinary feats; Dynamic Balance can help you tap them.
Athletes are always searching for the edge: to be quicker or faster, to have better balance or coordination, to increase endurance or strength. Many athletes also seek to avoid the injuries common in high-performance activities. The Dynamic Balance approach to Therapeutic Physical Care will help you strive toward both goals: better performance and reduced risk for injury.
The fallacy of "No pain, no gain"
The quest for improved performance is challenging. Athletes at the top of their sport know they have to endure some pain to attain the performance goals they seek. But the "No pain, no gain" mantra leads many performance-focused athletes to believe that sore joints and hurting muscles are inevitable. At Dynamic Balance, we maintain that lingering chronic pain and soreness do not come hand-in-hand with efforts to improve performance. The secret is improved physical hygiene.
At some point in their lives, athletes will contend with injuries of one sort or another. Many of these injuries relate to poor physical hygiene. Subtle distortions in biomechanics and the resulting wear and tear created by these aberrant kinetic patterns greatly increase your risk for pain and injury. The Dynamic Balance approach promotes good physical hygiene by retraining movement patterns to eliminate distortions and bad habits. The key to this process is found in the Manual Therapy Triad: foundational strength, intensive stretching, and tissue manipulation.
The aberrant kinetic patterns that increase your risk for injury also impact your performance. With a program custom-built to your sport or activity, you can improve musculoskeletal alignment, balance, and endurance. Not only will your sport-specific abilities immediately improve, you will also see continuing progress in proportion to your commitment.
Do you want to be fit?
Most of us do not feel as fit as we would like. We join gyms, sign up for classes, buy equipment - and often times don't get to the gym, miss the class, leave the equipment unused.
Some of us make repeated and diligent efforts to improve our fitness and general wellbeing. We seek out running, cycling, martial arts, or traditional gym training - only to be sidelined by new pain and discomfort that we can not work through.
As Mark St. Peter is known to say, "Often times we need to get in shape to go to the gym." This is where developing foundation strength and flexibility provides great value.
Dynamic Balance offers you a way to improve your physical being without the need for anything but some empty floor space. No matter what your fitness level or experience, you will benefit from a program tailored to your unique lifestyle and goals. With your commitment and discipline, you can achieve the fitness level you desire and extend those benefits into a lifetime of balance and wellbeing.
Why lose function as you age?
Some loss of physical capacity does occur as we age. But you do not need to suffer excessive decay and dysfunction. Not only is excessive loss of physical function preventable through good physical hygiene, it can be reversed through a focus on tissue regeneration and postural correction. You can stay active and age gracefully.