Kinesiology is the scientific study of movement. The word comes from the Greek, -kinein, which means ‘to move’ and -logia, ‘study’. Kinesiologists are movement specialists offering a wide variety of assessments and services to assist with both injury and illness prevention as well as injury management. Kinesiology is based on the core sciences of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and psychomotor behaviour. At Kelowna Medical Massage we use kinesiology to help you develop a therapeutic fitness program to maintain your fitness during injury and substantially reduce the risk of re-injury. Please read on to learn more about the benefits of seeing a kinesiologist and what they can do to help you lead (and continue to lead) a healthy and active life.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A KINESIOLOGIST?
If you’ve experienced a mobility or sports muscle injury and haven’t been able to regain your active lifestyle without fear of re-injury then you should see a kinesiologist. We focus on maintaining your strength and stamina during injury as well as preventing re-injury by helping you regain flexibility. Our goal is to restore efficient movement in your everyday life, whether this be a regular or a more intense sports-focused lifestyle.
Kinesiology doesn’t just aid in the prevention and healing of muscle injuries. It can also help people with chronic conditions. Many people with chronic conditions and diseases are known to attain a higher quality of life when an applicable fitness regimen is used as part of their treatment plan. People suffering from cancer can benefit from a therapeutic fitness regimen prior to receiving treatment, during their chemo or radiation therapy, and following surgery. We will work with you before, during and after your treatment to help reduce tiredness and stiffness in the muscles, assist in your overall recovery, and manage any problematic side effects you may be experiencing. We take into account your age, state of health, and overall fitness, and design a regimen that is specifically tailored to your goals and requirements. Getting you fit and healthy, and keeping you that way, is our number one priority.
You do not need a doctor’s referral to be treated by a kinesiologist, but if you have a chronic health condition it is always best to make your physician is aware that you are engaging in a therapeutic fitness regimen. This will ensure all of your medical practitioners are fully cooperating towards your recovery.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY KINESIOLOGIST?
We provide all our clients with advanced rehabilitation programs, personal training programs, and combined programs. Our assessments include cardio vascular testing, biometrics, body composition (weight, BMI, body fat and muscle percentages), blood pressure screening, range of motion testing (for flexibility), and functional movement screening (FMS). We also provide strength endurance testing and cardio vascular endurance testing for our athletically-driven clients. We’ll discuss the results of your assessments and design a tailored exercise program and provide lifestyle advice.
For your appointments, please wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes that allow you to move freely. We recommend comfortable running or hiking shoes for your feet. After your initial appointment, and depending on your personal requirements, we can work with you on a regular basis in our clinic or design an independent fitness program tailored to help you achieve your goals from home or at the gym.
To learn more please call 250 575 0120, or to book an appointment with Justin, our highly trained and experienced kinesiologist, please click here to contact us for your free 45-minute consultation.