Whole Body Health
As a Physical Therapist, Dr. Aaron Barnard is a fan of all things movement, although, is no stranger to injury. He understands how frustrating it can be for hobbies and passions to be put on hold due to pain or injury. That’s why he has set out on a mission to understand the human body, in order to help patients manage their pain and become more resilient to injury. Aaron utilizes traditional orthopedic physical therapy including techniques from Maitland, Mulligan, and McKenzie; but also incorporates cutting edge assessment and treatments like those from the Postural Restoration Institute and Reflexive Performance Reset. His goal is to educate and work collaboratively with patients to help them take control of their health and return to what they love.
Approach to treatment:
Every patient is different, with individual strengths, and unique goals. That’s why every case starts with a thorough evaluation. Treatments vary greatly depending on patient need, but often include joint mobilization or manipulation, neurological and postural reeducation, corrective breathing exercise, corrective strength and conditioning, resiliency training, modalities like laser therapy, biofeedback and more!
Education is given to inform and empower patient to take control of their own health. Education touches on topics like sleep, breathing, nervous system regulation, hydration, nutrition/supplementation and mindfulness.
Personalized Home Exercises are provided from day one, so patients know what to do and when. Whether just starting out, or a seasoned athlete, Dr. Aaron is excited to help you take your health and movement journey to the next level!
Dr. Aaron’s physical therapist journey started with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Oregon, while working as a personal trainer and managing a local health club. He then went on to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from South College in Knoxville Tennessee, where he served as student body Vice President and secretary of the AAOMPT student interest group.
He is currently studying to become certified in Postural Restoration as well as studying to become certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Although his primary area of study is Physical Therapy, he also spends time reading and researching nutrition, supplementation, sleep, mindfulness, breathwork, psychology and ways to generally optimize human biology and performance.
Outside of work
On weekends Dr. Aaron can often be found adventuring outside, paddle boarding, biking or snowboarding. During the week, he can be found in the garden, running, lifting weights in the garage, playing soccer or spending time with family. There’s plenty of company at home with wife Joanna, puppy Rosie and newborn daughter Avery.