A new company in Centerville hopes to help its clients recover quickly from injuries while also preventing unnecessary pain medications, injections and surgeries.
Resonance Physiotherapy & Sports Performance has been around for one year, but recently moved into a space at Kettlebell Gym, 6845 20th Ave. S, Centerville.
The company’s founder, Lino Lakes resident Tom Tardif, is originally from Maine. He moved to Minnesota 5 1/2 years ago with his wife, Alyssa. Tardiff has always been fascinated by the anatomy of the human body and became interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy after experiencing sport injuries himself and watching others heal from injuries.
“I have always been interested in how the body works,” he explained.
Tardiff now has a bachelor’s degree in medical biology and a doctorate in physical therapy. He is also certified in strength and conditioning, integrative dry needling and postural restoration. After working at several places — including a critical access hospital in Long Prairie, Impact Physical Medicine in St. Paul and, most recently, Summit Orthopedics in Woodbury and Vadnais Heights — Tardiff decided it was time to begin his own practice.
“The quality of care is slowly declining, so I wanted to branch off. The specialty stuff I do was frowned upon at other places,” he said. “In large systems, (the patient is) looked at as a body part, a knee or a shoulder, instead of seeing you as a whole person and getting to know you as a person.”
That’s where postural restoration comes in. The human body is asymmetrical. The neurological, respiratory, circulatory, muscular and vision systems are not the same on the left side of the body as they are on the right. Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) credentialed professionals like Dr. Tardif recognize imbalances and typical patterns associated with system disuse or weakness that develops because of dominant overuse. This dominant overuse of one side of the body (typically the right) can develop from other system unilateral overuse. For example, if the left smaller diaphragm is not held accountable for respiration as the right is, the body can become twisted.
“We are looking at the body as a whole system. Injuries, surgeries and emotional things all add up. Sometimes things come up that don’t allow you to move the way you should be moving,” Tardiff explained. “When you start to have asymmetries out of movement, it can lead to a number of symptoms: back pain, TMJ, joint pain, neck pain, flat feet, high arches.”
Across the nation, there are only about 200 PRI certified professionals. In the Twin Cities, that number is closer to 18. The goal is to get the body into its neutral, centered state that offers freedom of movement.
“I am giving lifestyle changes to prevent further injury and I am treating root causes, I am not just treating symptoms,” Tardiff explained. “I want to prevent people from getting on pain meds and prevent unnecessary surgeries. People get surgeries they didn’t even need just because they went to a doctor and they wanted a quick fix. They get it done and it was the worst decision because they are worse afterwards.” Tardiff also wants to prevent costly injections, which he calls “expensive Band-Aids.”
Resonance Physiotherapy also does postural vision integration. A combination of postural restoration and PRI vision concepts and optometry can reduce the sympathetic nervous system, often referred to as “fight or flight” activity. This process can help reduce muscle tension and headaches, allow for neck and other normal joint motion, improve balance and mobility and reduce or eliminate dizziness and many other symptoms.
The company also does custom postural foot orthotics, which are designed to assist in neural/postural neutrality. The foot supports are placed in shoes to help feet and ankles move as they should. This increases the overall freedom of movement for improved walking mechanics.
Vadnais Heights resident Kristi Abbott has been going to Resonance Physiotherapy for a couple of months.
“Apparently I’ve learned some bad habits over the years, so I came here to try to correct them,” she said. “I mainly started coming here because I was having numbness in my feet and my hands, so I wanted to see if I could do something to correct some of that without jumping right into surgery (which was recommended by her doctor).”
Abbott typically attends one-hour sessions once a week to work on getting the muscles on the left side of her body to do more, while getting the muscles on her right side of the body to do less.
She has already noticed that she has less numbness in both her feet and hands.
For more information about postural restoration or Resonance Physiotherapy & Sports Performance, visit resonancephysio.com/.
Editor Shannon Granholm can be reached at 651-407-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.