Kinesiology and Corrective Exercise

What is Kinesiology and Corrective Exercise?

Kinesiology is the study of human movement.  Kinesiologists use observation of movement and assessment techniques to understand how your movement patterns play a role in injury prevention and recovery, chronic pain, and athletic performance.  

Your body constantly learns and re-learns movement patterns in response to injury, pain and to the demands of work and activity.  Faulty mechanics are the premise of chronic pain and recurrent injuries and are best overcome through corrective exercise.  
 
Employing a progressive and functional approach to exercise allows you to regain joint stability, improve balance and joint mobility and attain increased strength, endurance, and performance. 

Retraining with precise movement control and functional exercise is an important and effective adjunct to physiotherapy, chiropractic or alternative treatments.  

Here at Creekside Physiotherapy we work together through an integrated approach of hands on physiotherapy techniques, massage therapy, and corrective exercise retraining. 

Chronic Disease and Cardiac Rehabilitation

As a Clinical Exercise Specialist Shenoa Runge educated and certified to work with individuals with complex chronic medical conditions including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and various other pulmonary and cardiac conditions  
The evidence is consistent and ever-growing to support the importance of activity as part of the management for these and many other chronic medical conditions. 

The benefits of exercise for those with chronic disease can be similar to healthy individuals but can also include:

  • decreased risk of catastrophic events (heart attack, stroke, sudden cardiac death)
  • increased activity tolerance 
    • able to exercise at higher levels before onset of angina (chest pain), shortness of breath, claudication (leg “cramps” associated with decreased blood supply) and other limiting symptoms
  • improvements in associated risk factors 
    • decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure (particularly in those with hypertension)
    • decreased triglycerides, increased HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
    • improved blood sugar control and decreased dependence on insulin 
    • improved blood viscosity (decreased clot formation)
  • improved energy levels and feelings of wellbeing and vitality
  • enhanced physical function and independent living in older adults
  • decreased isolation and depression associated with chronic disease
  • reduced risk of falls and disability
  • decreased risk of further health complications:
    • osteoporosis
    • colon and breast cancer
    • gall bladder disease
    • chronic kidney disease
Exercise and activity can be intimidating and scary for those limited by chronic health conditions.  Assessment, instruction, and supervision can ensure not only safety but also effectiveness of one’s exercise program.  Health and injury history, medication use, medical exam and testing are all considered during clinical exercise prescription.

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