Cary Orthopaedic’s physical therapist, Chad Moses, PT, Cert. DN/SMT, GTS, CKTP, Dip. Osteopractic, has produced our Patient Education Series to inform patients about various physical therapy techniques. In this episode, learn about body tempering.

What is body tempering?

Body tempering is a form of soft tissue mobilization developed by Donnie Thompson in 2014. Body tempering is performed by placing heavily weighted cylinders across muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. As a result, this can help prepare the muscle for activity and improve muscle recovery.

We use two methods of body tempering at Cary Orthopaedics Physical Therapy. We perform static body tempering using one or two weighted cylinders, placing it on a muscle group and allowing it to sit for a period of time. We also perform dynamic body tempering by placing one cylinder on a muscle group and rolling it up and down the muscle in a longitudinal path. 

What are the benefits of body tempering?

There are many benefits to body tempering. Body tempering helps to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Facilitate tissue repair
  • Relieve trigger points
  • Improve circulation
  • Assist in muscle recovery
  • Improve flexibility
  • Enhance proprioception

Patient Education Series: Body Tempering

Where to find body tempering in the Triangle

The physical therapists at Cary Orthopaedics – in Cary, Morrisville and Holly Springs – offer body tempering along with a variety of techniques, strategies and modalities to treat each unique patient.