Wellness Library

The Library is OPEN! At Body In Balance Physical Therapy we believe knowledge is power. We are proud to announce the launch of our DVD library for our community. More detailed information about each course is available at the front desk. Each course ranges from about 24-36 lectures. The DVDs average 5-6 lectures or topics each and are available for a small rental fee:
  • $3.00 for Patients
  • $10.00 for Non-Patients

Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health

Professor Jason M. Satterfield University of California, San Francisco: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania In recent decades, science has revealed that the mind and body are intimately connected in ways we haven’t previously realized—and this field of knowledge is now changing our understanding of health and disease. While it’s easy to see that stress affects health and well-being, or that your blood pressure rises when you’re angry, cutting-edge research shows that the mind-body connection goes much further. Current mind-body science reveals facts such as these:
  • As few as eight weeks of mindfulness meditation can meaningfully boost your immune system.
  • Extreme stress and low social support increase the risk of breast cancer by a factor of 9.
  • Contact with nature is correlated with numerous positive health outcomes, including improved attention for children, reduced stress, and enhanced work performance.
  • Chronic hostility portends calcification of the coronary arteries, even in young people.
  • Expressive writing by patients is correlated with improved outcomes for both asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

Physiology and Fitness

Dean Hodkin University of Portsmouth: University of Portsmouth, B.Sc If there exists a Fountain of Youth, exercise is it. The evidence, of course, is vast, with a multitude of studies highlighting the remarkable, life-enhancing benefits of staying fit. Whether your goal is to live to be 100, run a marathon, reduce your waistline, or just get the most from daily life, functional fitness is the foundation for active and dynamic living and the best quality of life you can have. And the good news: Even a small amount of regular exercise can make a substantial difference. In fact, you can extend your life, increase your energy, and reduce your chances of acquiring a long list of medical conditions by getting as little as 15 minutes of exercise a day. But even with knowledge of the benefits of staying fit and a desire to enjoy them, the world of fitness is not easy to navigate. In this era of multiple fitness fads, media-promoted health "gurus", and an avalanche of exercise products and approaches, reaching your fitness goals can be challenging.
  • How do you find the right fitness program for yourself—one that is both scientifically sound and also appropriate for your own needs and goals?
  • If you already exercise but you're not reaching your fitness goals, how do you get the best long-term results from your fitness work?
  • Moreover, how do you succeed in staying motivated, setting and meeting goals, and fitting exercise into an already busy schedule?

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

Professor Mark W. MuesseRhodes College: Ph.D., Harvard University What is meditation? For thousands of years, human beings have practiced refined techniques of mental focusing, designed to change the habitual conditioning of the mind. Central to many spiritual and philosophical traditions and known in English as "meditation," these practices are considered a major means for enhanced awareness and self-mastery. In recent decades, modern science has dramatically confirmed what advanced meditators have long claimed—that meditation, correctly practiced, offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. The many practical benefits of meditation include
  • marked and lasting reduction of stress;
  • increased ability to focus and concentrate, as well as clarity of thinking;
  • freedom from detrimental patterns of thought and emotion;
  • increased learning capacity and memory; and
  • greatly enhanced well-being and peacefulness.

The Science of Natural Healing

Professor Mimi GuarneriScripps Center for Integrative Medicine: M.D., FACC The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center In the 21st century, the Western paradigm for healthcare is changing. Notwithstanding the great strengths of medical science, many people now have concerns about key features of our health-care system—among them, the widespread use of medical drugs and a relative deemphasis on preventive care. But traditional Western medicine is not the only healing system rooted in science. Medical systems from other cultures, including those of India and China, have used natural treatments for centuries, some of which are now directly influencing our own health-care professions. These approaches not only emphasize healing with natural substances, but devote considerable attention to illness prevention and healthful living by considering the whole person rather than just targeting a condition.

Understanding the Brain

Professor Jeanette NordenVanderbilt University: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Everything that goes on inside your body and every interaction you have with the outside world is controlled by your brain. It allows you to cope masterfully with your everyday environment. It is capable of producing breathtaking athletic feats, sublime works of art, and profound scientific insights. It also produces the enormous range of emotional responses that can take us from the depths of depression to the heights of euphoria. Considering everything the brain does, how can this relatively small mass of tissue possibly be the source of our personalities, dreams, thoughts, sensations, utterances, and movements?