Having said good-bye at last to the frigid temperatures and inclement weather of winter, many take advantage of the longer, sunnier days to spend outdoors. We lace up our running shoes or slip on a helmet to go for a leisurely bike ride. Yet if one gets too enthusiastic in his athletic pursuits, he can sustain an injury that will take him out of the running for the rest of the season. That’s where BioSynchronistics steps in.
According to Cheryl Wilbur, who developed the BioSynchronistics approach, our bodies remember everything significant that they have experienced, whether they be whiplash sustained from car accidents to childhood sports injuries, from childbirth to falls on frozen ice. Repetitive stress from endless hours angling one’s head to the phone, years of carrying heavy bags on the same shoulder, or improper posture at the computer all put wear and tear on the body. All of these forces cause body misalignment and disrupt its natural biomechanical equilibrium.
BioSynchronistics systematically corrects this misalignment, restoring the body to its proper balance.
BioSynchronistics is a gentle, hands-on therapy drawing from traditional physical therapy techniques and the holistic approach based on a belief that the body has an inherent ability to heal itself. “It takes advantage of posture and gravity to treat patients,” says Carol Tschirpke, a physical therapist and co-founder of BioSynchronistics/Quality Physical Therapy. She and Cheryl Wilbur have operated Quality Physical Therapy in Sturbridge since 1987. At the time, it was the only manual therapy practice center in the area.
Cheryl Wilbur developed the BioSynchronistics approach after sustaining an injury in 1994. She searched the country for treatment and eventually, she combined for herself what she had learned over the years and developed her unique treatment. She and Tschirpke began treating patients at Quality Physical Therapy with BioSynchronistics. Since then, it has become nationally known, drawing patients from as far away as Alaska. “More than half of our patients come from more than 45 minutes away for therapy,” says Tschirpke.
First, patients are given a full evaluation, which takes a look at the entire body. They are then given a session of 40 minutes in duration, during which they will alternate between sitting or standing to account for gravity. A therapist might employ a variety of techniques including cranio-sacral, myofascial release, or strain-counterstrain. “BioSynchronistics serves as a bridge to manual therapy really well,” explains Tschirpke. “Like an architectural design, it’s a way to organize and sequence manual therapy techniques to get better faster.”
Claudia White of Sturbridge has been receiving BioSynchronistics treatment for the last 16 years. She was so pleased with the treatment she received for a torn ligament in her thumb that she began sending her family to Quality Physical Therapy when conventional medical care would fail with injuries and ailments. Claudia discusses “works the body as a whole instead of just treating the area that’s hurting,” says Claudia. “Plus, it can be so gentle, if you are really hurting, you would never know you’re having treatment.”
Claudia’s son, Ryan, was 13 when she brought him into Quality Physical Therapy complaining of ankle pain and limping. Doctors had tested him but a bone scan found nothing. At Quality, they discovered that scar tissue formed after groin surgery at 15 months old was the source of his discomfort.
“The tissue was pulling his pelvis, rotating his leg in. We’re convinced that if they hadn’t found this, he would have a lift in his shoe, have pain in his hip and knee, and he probably wouldn’t be playing sports,” says Claudia.
A patient typically knows within three to four visits whether BioSynchronistics is working for them. After two visits of BioSynchronistics treatment, Ryan’s ankle pain was gone. Continued visits treated the underlying scar tissue and the misalignment caused by having his body pulled in the wrong direction since he was little. Now, he’s a senior playing basketball for the Tantasqua Orioles.
“We tend to treat people who are in the cracks,” says Tschirpke. “They might have back problems but have negative MRIs, and no disc problems or arthritis.”
BioSynchronistics can be used on patients from infancy through old age. The clinic offers an exercise program to decompress the spine through Chinese exercise called qigong. Women’s health issues are addressed with regard to puberty, maternity, menopause, and surgical procedures. The center also has an early intervention program working with children providing services for those with a variety of developmental disabilities.