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Did you know? Breathing training can provide relief for acid reflux

According to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation, one in six adult Canadians, or about 17%, are currently affected by gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD). A systematic review completed in 2014 by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease in the United States, revealed that approximately 15 to 30% of Americans has GERD.

It is now recognized that conventional treatments for GERD such as the use of antacids are not effective (Vakil, 2006). The common...

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What Does Success Mean to YOU?

blog guest blog success Nov 23, 2021

 

Guest blog post written by Danny Carillo, a recent Kinesiology and Sports Management graduate from Western University.

 

The following list reflects on what I have learned so far during my academic, sporting, professional and personal journey.

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

It’s been very interesting to me seeing how society tries to “mold” everyone into believing what’s acceptable and what isn’t. But I challenge you to NOT listen to what they...

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The Pain Relief Secret: How to Retrain Your Nervous System, Heal Your Body and Overcome Chronic Pain by Sarah Warren

Pain can be elusive, frustrating, confusing, ‘illogical’, a bully, motivating, short term or seemingly everlasting and exhausting. It is interpreted by our brains and nervous systems differently. In her book published in 2019, Sarah Warren tells her story about experiencing two serious back injuries while training and performing as a ballet dancer.

After her dance career ended, Warren discovered the work of Thomas Hanna and his technique called ‘Clinical Somatic...

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Are you impaired?

Guest Blog Post Written By:  Kevin Cairns, Founder Metriks Education Inc.

 

Are you impaired?  What is the first image that comes to mind when you hear that question? For me, it is the roadside test of closing your eyes and touching your nose. 

What is an impairment?

The American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA guides) define an impairment as “The loss of, loss of use of, or derangement of any body part, system or...

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Why Would I Want to be Certified in Job Demands Analysis?

Guest blog post written by Kevin Cairns

Prepare for the R-Kin Exam

Have you completed your R-Kin Exam? Completing a certification course in job demands analysis will prepare you for the exam questions on this topic.

Job Demands Analysis (JDA) is one of the core competencies listed by the College of Kinesiologists Ontario and Canadian Kinesiology Alliance. In fact, it is included on the areas of professional practice page, and explains JDA the following way: Kinesiologists analyze the...

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Can I Explore Ergonomics As An Opportunity To Expand My Kinesiology Service?

 

Guest blog post written by Dr. Steve Fischer

Why choose ergonomics?

Kinesiologists practicing in ergonomics play an essential role in helping workers to stay at work and return to work following injury.  From back injuries to broken bones, work-related injuries and associated absences continue to cost workplaces billions of dollars within North America.  Kinesiologists with strong skills in ergonomics can lead the musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) prevention fight and help...

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Creating Opportunities for Kinesiologists in Respiratory Health

I would like to introduce you to Becky Zucco and her team at WillKin.   Our next module in Kin School will be focusing on chronic respiratory health and is taught by Lauren Tracey, an accredited Kinesiologist and member of Becky's team.

Guest blog post written by:  Emily Horvat

Those with chronic lung diseases (CLDs), benefit enormously when treated with exercise-based rehabilitation programs in combination with drug therapy. Combining aerobic exercise and functional strength...

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Kinesiologists Are 'Treating' Practitioners

Are you simply supervising your clients as they work on exercises that someone else has prescribed to them? Or are you independently making treatment decisions based upon your assessment when a referring practitioner has already given you their diagnosis?

Even with a diagnosis in hand from another health care provider, I know you’re still going to do your own testing. Your testing will look like whatever falls within your own scope of practice and sphere of competence.

Your testing will...

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Are Your Clients Ready For Their Assessment?

I’ve spoken with a TON of health care pros about their client assessment protocols over the years. I’ve been a ‘fly on the wall’ while watching many kinds of intake evaluations from the same practitioners and from different practitioners. 

Some practitioners have told me that they have very limited time to complete their assessments, so they march their clients from the start to the finish as fast as they can with very little talking. They are SO experienced they...

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Are We Too Tough On Our Clients?

When we decide to assess our clients, are we asking them to show us their abilities in a way that makes sense for them? Or are we simply running through a standard protocol because that’s what we’ve been doing for years?

Have you taken a good look at your assessment piece by piece recently? Are all the parts still relevant and useful? Are you trying to somehow impress your clients with your speed and your silence as you run from test to test? ‘Stand here please and reach...

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