Jan/Feb 2009 in The Chamber at the Crossroads of New England
by Clark Howell, Howell Marketing
As often happens, good things spring from adversity. In 1984 , Cheryl Wilbur (co-founder of Quality Physical Therapy) sustained an injury that did not respond to, what was at the time, accepted means of physical therapy. Thus began the search, along with fellow co-founder Carol Tschirpke, to find the solution to the actual problem that lay behind the pain and discomfort stemming from Cheryl’s injury. Rather than finding a solution among existing treatment therapies, they instead developed their own treatment method and named it BioSynchronistics®.
As the clinic’s website explains, BioSynchronistics draws on traditional physical therapy techniques, and is enhanced with a holistic approach based on both the force of gravity and the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.” Therapy is applied using gentle hands-on pressure in a scientifically coordinated way. With time, this method can bring about a more balanced body with the result being less pain and discomfort in specific areas of distress.
Rather than concentrate on joints, as a Chiropractor might do, practitioners of BioSynchronistics draw on traditional physical therapy techniques, but primarily manipulate the “fascia” that permeates the human body. Fascia interpenetrates and surrounds muscles, bones, organs, nerves, blood vessels and other structures in the body. Among other functions, it is responsible for maintaining structural integrity; for providing support and protection; and acts as a shock absorber of sorts. It also allows our skin to slide off our muscles. Therefore, it is the one of the major tissue systems in our body that helps to keep us in overall balance. And if you’re out of balance, this can often lead to the body over-compensating in certain areas and eventually lead to pain.
Another area of clinical interest is the idea that our bodies “remember” everything of significance that it has ever gone through. Therefore, childhood injuries such as whiplash or falls are ingrained on the muscles and fascia that hold us together. Further, adult activities like carrying heavy bags on one shoulder or another, or hours of angling one’s head to hold the phone will also put a great deal of wear and tear on the body. As a recent article stated, “All of these forces cause body misalignment and disrupt its natural biochemical equilibrium.”
Finally, exercise is a major part of a Quality Physical Therapy patient’s recovery. Using what are called “pathways” a patient is encouraged to move in such a way as to strengthen, and at the same time, increase the flexibility and mobility that most of us used to have as children – something that is often eroded with time and/or injury. These pathways begin as basic movements and progress to more involved and beneficial exercise routines. Along with this approach, the Center for Human Performance, which is a division of Quality Physical Therapy, Inc., is also available to patients looking for specific exercise routines related to increasing physical performance. Joseph Magdis, B.A., CSCS, has tested, trained and advised in follow up, and coached hundreds of clients (from obese youngsters to out-of-shape adults to elite athletes) for more than 20 years.
Recently, a pilot program at OFS in Sturbridge was instituted to offer onsite evaluations and treatments (using BioSynchronistics) as part of their “Early Symptom Intervention” program. The company has contracted with Quality Physical Therapy as a way of taking care of their employees before injuries occur.
Taken together, Quality Physical Therapy and BioSynchronistics appear to be winning converts all over the country. As Ms. Tschirpke explains, “We draw patients from as far away as California” and most of the “local” patients come from more than 45 minutes away for therapy. It seems that BioSynchronistics is something worth traveling for.