Frequently Asked Questions

How is Bridging® different from Occupational and Physical Therapy?

We approach movement from an engineering and physics perspective, looking for gaps in interconnected flows and transitions. We follow a unique philosophy of looking at movement from a fundamentalist perspective—we all need, at any age, an essential set of micro-movement relationships that work well. When these fundamentals work well, movement is easy, efficient and fluent.

Your Occupational or Physical Therapist works to retrain and strengthen movement—we reset and reintegrate the muscle memory, rather than retrain it. With a more complete foundation of micro-movements, your OT/PT is able to take you to a new level with their exercises and activities. (Occupational Therapists teach and rehearse skills used in everyday living and play. Physical Therapists are able to restore your daily life function and level of conditioning once underlying compensatory patterns are re-sequenced.)

Who can The Bridging Institute help?

We all benefit from a tune-up periodically! Life has its stressors and most take a toll on the body’s ability to function efficiently and fluently. Some typical reasons to seek a tune-up are: intense illnesses such as pneumonia or major GI issues, surgery in the core (including laparoscopic), fractures or bad sprains, auto impacts, falls, and head bops. You’ll become addicted to feeling good!

How long will the changes last and what do I need to do at home?

The changes are long lasting and we generally see additional improvement occurring in the time between sessions. We take photos each session to help you see how alignment and range of motion improve. Bridging is used to establish movement relationships which are self-reinforcing with the everyday movements of life.

Work-out advice after a session:

  1. Avoid deep and long stretches for a day or two. The body is very open to change after a Bridging session and sometimes a yoga class ends up being too much of a good thing!
  2. Weight-lifting should done with about 25% less weight than usual. Increase weight incrementally as muscle fatigue allows; you should find yourself with a new PR!

What should I be aware of after a session?

Soreness: Soreness may surface 1-3 days after the session and should go away within a few days. The muscles are taking on new function and sometimes they get tired. Occasionally, you may experience soreness from simple everyday activities like walking and sitting, as the muscle gets a new level of workout.

Fatigue: Sensory systems can fatigue from the process of integrating and assimilating new sensory input. This may result in feeling tired, emotionally sensitive, or sensory sensitive. It may take 24-48 hours for the sensory system to recalibrate. If this lasts more than 48 hours please call.

How often do I need to follow up?

Some general guidelines are:

  • Age 0 thru 3: Interval ranges from 1-3 months to make sure essential early sensory-motor skills are progressing.
  • Preschool/Grade School: Expectations of skills change, and physical size can change rapidly in this stage of development. Either is a reason to schedule a tune-up seasonally or semi-annually.
  • Teen/Adult: Follow-up is often recommended with new skill needs, injuries, or illnesses. Student athletes often find it beneficial to schedule a tune-up between seasons.
  • Older Adults: Follow-up as needed to maintain an active lifestyle.

Are The Bridging Institute services covered by insurance?

The Bridging Institute services are not covered by insurance. Some clients may be able to use Flexible Spending or Health Savings accounts based upon specific plan rules.