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Kinesiology

What is Kinesiology and how does it work?

Kinesiology is the study of human movement and the scientific basis behind it. It combines principles of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics to understand how the body moves, functions, and reacts to physical activity.

Our Kinesiologist uses a combination of techniques, such as muscle monitoring and manual muscle testing, to pinpoint the underlying cause of any aches and pains.

Kinesiology works by identifying the root cause of physical imbalances and addressing it through targeted treatments that support the body's natural healing process. Treatments include acupressure, gentle body movements, muscle manipulations, stretching, and use of resistance bands or weights.

With the help of Kinesiology, you can work towards a healthier and more balanced body.

What does Kinesiology treat?

Kinesiology is a holistic therapy, meaning that everything in the body is interconnected and we treat it as a whole.

Ankle pain might be attributed to a tight hip flexor. Or shoulder pain may be caused by an old injury or even unresolved life stressors. Sometimes clients have general aches and pains in their bodies and can’t figure out where it’s coming from. Kinesiology can help pinpoint the location and contributing problem.

Through gentle body movements and muscle manipulations, we have helped clients manage:

  • Headaches

  • TMJ

  • Sports injuries

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Back pain

  • Weak joints and arthritis

  • Bad posture

 

Overall, Kinesiology can help you speed up recovery, improve muscle and joint movement, and prevent future injuries.

What should I expect in a Kinesiology session?

Sessions are fully clothed and take place in a private massage room.

Your session will include sensory challenges or resistance testing where your therapist will ask you to move your head, hands, arms, legs, or feet as they apply gentle pressure to an area of the body. This series of tests can take place standing, sitting, or lying down and are meant to identify weaknesses in the muscle.

 

Once the Kinesiologist pinpoints the affected areas, she will begin to manipulate muscle and soft tissue through massage techniques, stretching, and resistance exercises. Or she will apply acupressure to certain areas of the body to retrain the muscle, restore the flow of energy, and relieve discomfort.

Your Kinesiologist may also recommend stretches and exercises that you can do at home to improve your range of motion, increase strength and flexibility, and reduce pain.

What is Kinesiotaping and what should I expect?

Kinesiotaping is a technique that involves the application of flexible tape to the skin in order to provide support, reduce pain, and enhance performance during physical activity. We use a special adhesive tape that is applied to the skin, gently lifting it away from the underlying tissues. This lifting effect creates more space for fluids to move, which can help to reduce swelling and alleviate pressure on injured or inflamed tissues.

 

Kinesiotaping is often used in sports medicine, pregnancy, and physical therapy to treat a wide range of conditions, including muscle strains, back pain, swelling, joint injuries, and postural imbalances.

The application of KT tape involves several steps to ensure that the tape is properly positioned and provides the desired therapeutic effect. First, the skin should be clean and dry before the tape is applied. Next, the tape is cut to the appropriate length and shape for the area being treated. The tape is then stretched and applied with a specific amount of tension to achieve the desired effect, such as supporting a joint or reducing swelling. Once applied, the tape can be worn for several days and is designed to be water-resistant, so it can be worn during physical activity or even in the shower.

The tape may be left on until it begins to loosen on its own. Your Kinesiologist may also recommend trimming body hair or shaving in advance of your appointment for ease of removal. 

How is a Kinesiologist different from a Chiropractor?

Both help improve mobility and ease pain.

While Chiropractic Therapy focuses on correcting misalignments of the spine and individual joints through manipulation and gentle thrusting, Kinesiology focuses on muscle testing and function and applying massage techniques to increase strength.

Each are an alternative treatment to drugs and surgery, and help you feel better and move better.

Chiropractic Therapy may work well in conjunction with Kinesiology. Contact us to learn more.

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