Kinesiology

Kinesiology: Science Of Movement

Kinesiology is a science with a manual approach to physical health. Latest evidence-based research powers this discipline’s determination to improve the function, health and overall well-being of people from all walks of life.

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What can kinesiology do for you?

Skilled and experienced kinesiologists in our Vaughan rehabilitation clinic manage, help prevent and treat injuries, manage chronic disease, as well as, reach higher performance goals. 

During the initial assessment, the kinesiologist will use muscle assessments to see your level of performance, function and movement ability. 
After the assessment, a treatment plan will be put forward to address the core issues and prevent further injuries. At times, an interdisciplinary approach may be required.  Kinesiologists often work alongside physiotherapistschiropractors, and aquatic therapists to further improve patients’ well being. 

Key Principles Of Kinesiology

Kinesiology has several types of exercise interventions such as:

  1. Aerobic exercise interventions programs help improve cardiovascular endurance.
  2. Anaerobic exercise interventions programs include strength training that can help increase muscular strength, power, and lean body mass.
  3. Balance exercise interventions programs are associated with decreased risk of falls and increased neuromuscular control.
  4. Flexibility exercise interventions programs can increase functional range of motion and reduce the risk of injury.

When applied together, the exercise programs can reduce symptoms of depression and risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as diabetes. In addition, they will also help improve sleep, immune system, and body composition.

Neuroplasticity is an important scientific principle used in kinesiology to describe how movement and changes in the brain are associated to each other. The brain adapts and acquires new motor skills based on this principle, which includes both adaptive and maladaptive brain changes.

Studies have shown that in the senior population greater amount of exercise is associated with enhanced cognitive function. Physical activity has been proven to increase the amounts of grey matter density and white matter integrity after exercise.

Neuroplasticity is also the underlying mechanism of skill acquisition. For example, after long-term training, pianists showed greater grey matter density in sensorimotor cortex and white matter integrity in the internal capsule compared to non-musicians.

Maladaptive plasticity is  neuroplasticity with negative effects or detrimental consequences in behaviour. Abnormal remodelling in the central nervous system with or without brain injury may cause  movement abnormalities. 

Kinesiologist may employ a few various techniques to overcome maladaptive neuroplasticity, such as constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT), body weight support treadmill training (BWSTT), and virtual reality therapy. 

Motor redundancy concept essentially states  that for any task the human body can perform, there is effectively an unlimited number of ways the nervous system could achieve that task. This redundancy appears at multiple levels in the chain of motor execution.

Kinematic redundancy means that for a desired location of the endpoint (e.g. the hand or finger) there are many configurations of the joints that would produce the same endpoint location in space. Muscle redundancy means that the same net joint torque could be generated by many different relative contributions of individual muscles.

Kinesiology has several types of exercise interventions such as:

  1. Aerobic exercise interventions programs help improve cardiovascular endurance.
  2. Anaerobic exercise interventions programs include strength training that can help increase muscular strength, power, and lean body mass.
  3. Balance exercise interventions programs are associated with decreased risk of falls and increased neuromuscular control.
  4. Flexibility exercise interventions programs can increase functional range of motion and reduce the risk of injury.

When applied together, the exercise programs can reduce symptoms of depression and risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as diabetes. In addition, they will also help improve sleep, immune system, and body composition.

Neuroplasticity is an important scientific principle used in kinesiology to describe how movement and changes in the brain are associated to each other. The brain adapts and acquires new motor skills based on this principle, which includes both adaptive and maladaptive brain changes.

Studies have shown that in the senior population greater amount of exercise is associated with enhanced cognitive function. Physical activity has been proven to increase the amounts of grey matter density and white matter integrity after exercise.

Neuroplasticity is also the underlying mechanism of skill acquisition. For example, after long-term training, pianists showed greater grey matter density in sensorimotor cortex and white matter integrity in the internal capsule compared to non-musicians.

Maladaptive plasticity is  neuroplasticity with negative effects or detrimental consequences in behaviour. Abnormal remodelling in the central nervous system with or without brain injury may cause  movement abnormalities. 

Kinesiologist may employ a few various techniques to overcome maladaptive neuroplasticity, such as constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT), body weight support treadmill training (BWSTT), and virtual reality therapy. 

Motor redundancy concept essentially states  that for any task the human body can perform, there is effectively an unlimited number of ways the nervous system could achieve that task. This redundancy appears at multiple levels in the chain of motor execution.

Kinematic redundancy means that for a desired location of the endpoint (e.g. the hand or finger) there are many configurations of the joints that would produce the same endpoint location in space. Muscle redundancy means that the same net joint torque could be generated by many different relative contributions of individual muscles.

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