What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology is the science of human movement, performance and function. Kinesiologists are university educated healthcare professionals who have studied body mechanics and the role human movement plays in preventing and managing injury, chronic disease, disability, and overall performance.
Kinesiologists can prescribe exercise-related practices for the management of injury, chronic disease, and return to work strategies. This can be during a clinic session with one-on-one training and coaching or through take home exercise programs for clients to implement into their lifestyle. A kinesiologist can work with people of all ages and physical abilities to help them achieve their health and wellness goals.
How can kinesiology help me?
A kinesiologist is here to help every member of the community, from athletes to desk-bound workers to people dealing with persistent pain. If you have been injured in an accident, a kinesiologist can help you manage your pain and improve your symptoms of injury by improving muscle strength and stability. A kinesiologist will use their knowledge of anatomy, specifically in exercise physiology, to develop a specific exercises program that is designed for you.
A kinesiologist can help with:
- Suffering from a disease such as high blood pressure or diabetes
- Fall prevention for seniors
- Recovery from an accident
- Preparing for or recovering from surgery
- Non-specific low back pain
- Poor workspace ergonomics
- Muscular strengthening
- Overall improvement of health
The involvement of a kinesiologist in your exercise planning can lead to healthier daily living, faster recovery, less pain, and enhanced sport performance.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Wear comfortably fitting lounge or exercise attire. In your initial session, you may move through a variety of functional movements during your full body assessment. During subsequent sessions you will use this time to receive exercise coaching, to stretch, and to discuss any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Your kinesiologist will be there to help you reach your movement goals.
ICBC supports clients working with a Kinesiologist
ICBC recognizes kinesiology as an essential form of active rehabilitation and believes working with a kinesiologist can play an integral part in your recovery from injury. If you have been injured in a motor-vehicle accident, you may be eligible to receive full ICBC coverage for all visits with a Kinesiologist.
– Laney Twerdohlib, Kinesiologist