Body Tempering

What is body tempering?

Body tempering is a form of soft tissue mobilization performed by rolling weighted cylinders across a patient’s sore muscles and joints.This treatment method is kind of like foam rolling, but a little more amped up. You can think of it as foam rolling, but on steroids.

Some people believe that foam rolling is a complete waste of time. However,  there is quite a bit of research supporting the use of foam rolling, and it’s ability to create temporary improvements in mobility.

If you’re interested in learning more about this technique, contact Pittman Physical Therapy LLC in Collierville clinic to speak to one of our licensed movement specialists about how body tempering may be a good fit for you!

How does body tempering work?

“Body tempering has been shown clinically to be beneficial for athletes, as it provides an alternative to traditional stretching, foam rolling, and deep tissue mobilization to facilitate repair of muscle strains, improve soft tissue extensibility, and reduce pain. Body tempering has also been shown to improve soft tissue elasticity for load absorption, thus reducing the risk of soft tissue injury.”(Osteopractor) 

Body tempering at Pittman Physical Therapy is more intense than foam rolling, but it’s not more painful. You might be wondering, how can more progress be accomplished without added pain? It’s simple.

By utilizing different loads with body tempering based on the body part we are targeting, we can cover an area so that the athlete feels significant pressure without being painful. The large surface area of the cylinders also disperses the pressure.

The Body Tempering website also lists out the areas of the body that can be targeted with this treatment method as well:

  • Quadriceps
  • Hamstrings
  • Glutes
  • Adductors
  • IT-bands
  • Erectors
  • Traps
  • Abs
  • Obliques
  • Pecs
  • Biceps
  • Triceps
  • Tibialis
  • Forearm extensors/flexors
  • Hands
  • Bottoms of the feet

Body tempering also helps to prepare the soft tissue for activity and also improves the recovery of your muscles with longer-lasting results than other soft tissue methods, static stretching, or manual massage. The result is a much stronger body over time.

Many individuals concentrate on immediate benefits and suggest that we should abandon this method because foam rolling does not yield long-term improvements. The doubt isn’t worth it, nor is it well placed! The temporary effects of foam rolling will make it a valuable instrument to integrate into a broader mobility strategy.

What can body tempering help to improve?

Besides mobility and being used as a strength tool for rehabilitation, trying out body tempering with a Collierville physical therapist can help to improve:

  • Ankle mobility
  • Hamstring flexibility
  • Helps to prevent hernias, muscle ruptures, tears, tweaks
  • Protects against trauma

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“Flexibility and stretching are good. However, getting stronger using this new strength building technique is preventing bad things happening to the body. Imagine your best athletes with a decreased injury rate? All because you got them stronger. What can that do for your sport? For all sports?” (

If you’ve read this far and you like what you see, you might be interested in learning more about the benefits of body tempering at our physical therapy clinic and how it can help you.

To learn more about this method of treatment, call our Collierville office today at 901.850.5246 to speak with one of our skilled physical therapists about getting started with body tempering!