Who is a candidate for the program?
Whether you’ve had multiple injuries or your goals are improved fitness, sports performance, or improved quality of life, Terry has had experience dealing with all these populations. Anyone who is willing to make a change, take a risk, step out of that box, and commit to the program will have success and is a candidate. Past clients have ranged from 8 years old to 94 years old.
What is Terry Roach’s Body Mechanics program?
Terry has taken her education and expertise as a Kinesiotherapist to the next level. Her program is a posture and body mechanic program treating the whole body as a unit with focus on posture, alignment, breathing technique, muscle isolation skills, joint function, hip bending, and moving as a unit. In gaining control of all four sides of your muscle structure in all directions the result is improved body control and performance.
How can this program give me back quality of life, and help me improve my activities of daily living and lifestyle?
Most of us lack body awareness unless we connect the mind to all of the muscles to make them work together as a unit. Through Terry Roach’s Body Mechanics, you will gain the skills to manage your body more efficiently to be able to continue the activities you love by applying the principles. Why not learn simple movement techniques that you can implement in the activities and tasks you are already doing in your daily routine. Your daily tasks can become an exercise routine, moving more efficiently, wasting less energy, build strength at the same time, and prevent further injury. That’s quality of life if you don’t hurt!
How can this program help improve sports performance?
Only when you create symmetry in your muscle structure and restore function are you able maximize your power and energy. When muscles are restricted, you make yourself work so much harder than you should be working. All the muscles in your body must learn to work together in synergy by restoring full function of all joints and primary muscles in conjunction with secondary muscles to optimize your performance and maximize your energy potential.
How soon should I expect results?
It takes time to create new habits. Some patients have success immediately, while others take longer to create new habits before they see results. When you are unable to contract a muscle upon demand, it will take a longer time. When you’re in pain, the pain needs to be resolved first before you can begin your fitness journey. This is a process. Three sessions starts clients on their body control journey. YOU determine YOUR SUCCESS by how much you LIVE the principles and philosophies practicing what you learn.
Should I continue to participate in my normal training activities (weight training, running, swimming, etc.)?
Regarding weight training: until you have learned the basics of how to move from the center of your body out, you will continue to strengthen the same muscles that are already too strong. Because muscles work in pairs, the body needs to learn to move from the center outward with its own body’s resistance before you pick up a weight. We death grip the weights which forces our power to start from the outside of our body rather than from the center of the body working outward. Learning to move every muscle from the beginning to the end of muscle allows you to achieve the definition, strength, power and stability in your workout goals.
Regarding swimming and running: you must learn to move from the correct muscles to start your leg or arm action. Failure to do so, you continue to strengthen the dysfunction working ligaments, tendons and joints rather then the external muscles. Once you learn how to control your body, then you can add all your activities back into your life.
I have had several surgeries. Does this limit me from participation in the program?
Terry has spent 35 years working in the medical industry with referrals from the many expert doctors and surgeons in the Valley. In addition to her own expertise of undergoing multiple afflictions and trauma, her experience with all levels of injuries is comprehensive. She has learned how to overcome neck, back, knee and hip physical challenges to then achieve world records in her own sports pursuits. It doesn’t matter how many afflictions you have – the opportunity is you her expertise to help with your journey of recovery to health and active lifestyle.
Will I get sore from this program?
Absolutely, if you are using your muscles to move you will experience muscle soreness. You are waking muscles you haven’t used in this particular manner or fashion. When exercising, we can work with gravity and/or against it. The more you work against it, the more muscles soreness, yet the bigger gains will be achieved. Muscle soreness is short lived when adaptation to the new movement occurs.
Why is it important to evaluate my posture before I begin a program?
When you understand where you are with your present posture and body mechanics – ‘your old normal’; where you need to be to maximize your efforts – ‘your new normal’; only then will you truly “get it” and be able to gain the tools to know how to get in the correct “power position”. When your body parts are lined up correctly, the muscles have the opportunity to do their job the way they are meant to work.
What is the optimal number of times per week I should be in this program?
Optimal is usually 1-2 times a week. In my physical therapy/ kinesiotherapy clinic, patients came in 2-3 times a week. Creating new habits of movement takes time and effort. Getting hands on reinforcement regularly helps with the progress. The more you practice, the faster you progress.
Can/should I practice at home?
Absolutely! Once an awareness in how to move, with a few skills on what to do are learned, you can work the new movements into your daily routine. As you do so, you will find that tasks that seemed difficult soon become effortless.
Should I continue on a maintenance program?
Most of my previous patients continued on a maintenance program to keep themselves in check with continual reminders and reinforcement of techniques and positions. This allows you to continue to build upon your own ability to manage your body.
What is a Registered Kinesiotherapist?
A Kinesiotherapist is first a health care professional who treats the effects of disease, injury and congenital disorders, through the use of therapeutic exercise and education. They are experts in movement and function of the body. Most typically they are in a VA hospital setting along with physical therapist and occupational therapists. Their history dates back to the early wars where they rehabilitated wounded soldiers.
A Kinesiotherapist utilizes kinesiology, the study of human movement, to design and implement exercise programs to meet the rehabilitative needs of individuals to return clients to full function. It is necessary to learn the normal structure and movement functions of the human body, biomechanics of the body, how pathological processes affect movement capabilities, and how exercise will affect the body during both injured and high level performance states. They seek to maximize functional strength, coordination, stability, flexibility and range of motion to take clients to their highest potential.
What are the qualifications of Kinesiotherapists?
They are graduates of an accredited institution, which specializes in Kinesiotherapy/Physical Education/Exercise Science. Upon completion of the core course work, students must complete a 1,000-hour clinical training internship. To insure professional competence, the Council on Professional Standards establishes rigorous academic and clinical standards for Kinesiotherapy. Registration in the field of Kinesiotherapy is granted upon completion of all educational requirements set forth by the Council on Professional Standards for Kinesiotherapy and with passing of a competency examination. The title Registered Kinesiotherapist (RKT), identifies individuals with such documented expertise. Kinesiotherapy is a recognized Allied Health Profession by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
What is biomechanics?
The study of the mechanical laws relating to the movement or structure of living organisms. Biomechanics is foundational to kinesiotherapy.
What is alignment?
Based on the Egoscue method Terry utilizes a series of exercises designed to help your body move in the most efficient manner while sparing your joints, ligaments and tendons. Since our bodies are one long chain and the action at one joint can cause effects that are felt on seemingly opposite parts of the body, proper alignment is essential for correct muscle use and especially injury prevention.
How is this program different from Yoga or Pilates?
This program has components of Pilate’s and Yoga with similar breathing concepts and working static strength with flexibility. This program deals with the functional skills of daily living first and progresses to how to move in the most efficient manner to decrease stress in injured areas. Concepts are then progressed into all sports and hobbies to gain skills to manage your physical challenges and optimize your efforts.