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Kinesiology

Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function, and applies the sciences of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and motor learning (neuroscience). Kinesiology utilizes science-based approaches, research and assessment to aid in the enhancement of human performance and to assist in the prevention or rehabilitation of injury and other physiological conditions.

When there is a lack of control over body movement before the control of an external load is added, the probability of non-traumatic injuries increase. If there is instability in basic movement, the body learns to compensate. With repetition, these flawed movement patterns create imbalances and asymmetries in the body. Basic movement patterns require a balance of mobility and stability. Through screening and assessment, weaknesses, imbalances, asymmetries and limitations become noticeable. It should be a prerequisite to move well before moving often and challenging a body with training.

Many people are able to perform a wide range of activities, but are unable to efficiently execute basic movements and are using compensatory movement during physical activity. If these compensations continue, poor movement patterns are reinforced, which lead to poor biomechanics.  All can be contributing factors in a future injury.

Movement is the foundation for performance and skill. 

Active Rehab

Injuries happen, sometimes being serious enough to cause you to have difficulty with simple day-to-day activities. If you become injured, we have the ability to help you rehabilitate your injuries through proper manual therapy techniques and the correct exercise prescription. We perform an extremely detailed assessment and movement diagnosis, and then we develop a personalized active rehabilitation plan tailored specifically to what you require.

During each session, a therapist provides manual therapy and/or guides you through individually tailored exercises programs to increase your functional ability and reduce pain. We are experienced with diverse conditions such as car accidents (ICBC), work injuries (WCB) and post-surgical rehab, among many others.

Osteopathy / Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners palpate by gently, yet intentionally, touching the tissues or systems under examination. With experience Osteopathic Manual Practitioners learn to palpate not just superficially but also very deeply within the body. This sensory information is received through touch receptors on the fingertips and palms, and through the proprioceptors (motion and position sensors) embedded deeply within the joints of the hands, wrists, arms, and even in the shoulders.

The ability to detect minute modifications in the quality of the tissues is the assessment skill that allows the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner to help prioritize a patient's course of treatment. These tissue “qualities” include congestion, dehydration, scarring, stiffness, density or loss of resilience, as well as motility that is an infinitesimal movement inherent to all living tissues. It is this sensing of the quality of the tissue, in combination with the position,  mobility and vitality of the tissues, that allows Osteopathic Manual Practitioners to determine the tissues or systems that need immediate attention.