Anatomy in Motion

Anatomy in Motion

Anatomy in Motion (AiM), developed by Gary Ward, is a biomechanics philosophy that uses assessment of the way you walk (gait assessment) and your posture to find specific movements that are causing you problems, and then teaches you new ways to move that will encourage your body to heal.

When our body is injured, we naturally compensate for the injured part by favoring a side of the body or by adopting a particular posture. By the time the injury heals, the compensatory pasture may have become habitual, or the new normal. Joints in the body do not function in isolation, but rather in a complex choreography which depends on balance, symmetry, and timing. When those elements are lost, it can lead to pain anywhere in the body.

A comprehensive global approach to pain resolution means not only assessing that painful shoulder, but ensuring that the shoulder is functioning appropriately within the context of larger movement patterns so that you do not begin feeding dysfunction back into it the moment you walk out the door. Anatomy in Motion is a gentle way to regain optimal function. In order to heal injuries and to prevent new injuries, an assessment of biomechanics, the Anatomy in Motion method, is used to restore full movement.

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    How Does Anatomy in Motion work?

    By identifying and reintroducing missing pieces in the walking cycle, Anatomy in Motion gently helps the body return to balance and a pain free state. The first session involves an initial assessment of your body’s posture and walking habits. The assessment is used to determine what movements in which planes of the body are missing in relation to the walking cycle.

    The missing pieces are then magnified to reintroduce movement to the body. Most of the work is done standing, with some hands on work, from your Anatomy in Motion practitioner, to help guide and support the patient’s body. From there the session content will depend entirely on the individual’s requirements. The movements are taught with the goal to give the patient home exercises, called movement correctives.

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    What conditions can Anatomy in Motion help?

    Anatomy in Motion helps joint stiffness, loss of mobility, balance problems, muscle and joint pain, injuries and general weakness.

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    Do I need a prescription from my practitioner for this treatment?

    No prescription is needed.  Anatomy in Motion is available for self referral by GMA patients and the public.

    Use one of the following options to make an appointment:
    Patient Portal for current patients
    New Patient Contact
    (707) 575-5180

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    How often will I need a treatment?

    Treatments are usually once a week to get started. Once you have achieved your goal, maintenance appointments could be used to keep you on track. Treatment is sometimes a case of ‘peeling off layers of an onion’ to find and rectify the root cause of a problem. Sometimes it’s very obvious what the root cause is and the body is ready to take on the new information immediately. When this is the case, an issue can be resolved in a very few sessions and can frequently remain resolved indefinitely.

    Sometimes a specific set of one, two, or three exercises can be performed by the patient at home, as soon as they feel the issue is at risk of returning. This may be all that is required once Anatomy in Motion has done its magic. Sometimes an issue, particularly an old one, can take more ‘unravelling’ to get to the bottom of the problem, therefore requiring more sessions.

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    How do I schedule an appointment in the office?

    Appointments can be made Monday and Thursday in the afternoon from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Appointments may be available on other days upon request. Anatomy in Motion is available for self referral by GMA patients and the public.

    Use one of the following options to make an appointment:
    Patient Portal for current patients
    New Patient Contact
    (707) 575-5180

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    How much time do treatments take?

    Anatomy in Motion treatments are generally one hour in length for initial appointments, and can be 30-60 mins for follow up appointments.

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    How can I prepare for my appointment?

    You will need to wear comfortable, free flowing clothing that you can move easily in.

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    Is Anatomy in Motion safe?

    Yes, it is very safe. Anatomy in Motion is based on our most functional movement, walking.

Offering Anatomy in Motion

Suzy Babcock
Suzy Babcock
Body Technician
Suzy has explored the world of of movement and body work for over 40 years. She discovered LENS (Low Energy NeuroFeedback System) in 2002 after a significant head injury. The improved clarity, better mood, lower anxiety and decreased pain she experienced from the LENS treatment, inspired Suzy to train in this unique modality. She now offers LENS to the patients at Gordon Medical. In addition to LENS, Suzy is certified in Breema body work, Frequency Specific Microcurrent, Pilates, NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT), and Anatomy in Motion (AiM). --- Click on Suzy's name to see her full bio.