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Kinesiology

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Kinesiology is the scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological mechanisms. Applications of kinesiology to human health (i.e. human Kinesiology) include biomechanics and orthopedics; strength and conditioning; sport psychology; methods of rehabilitation, such as physical and occupational therapy; and sport and exercise. Studies of human and animal motion include measures from motion tracking systems, electrophysiology of muscle and brain activity, various methods for monitoring physiological function, and other behavioral and cognitive research techniques.

How can Kinesiology help me?

Our bodies are constantly changing and adapting to the world around us. For many people that means that our bodies are adapting to a sedentary lifestyle where we sit in front of a desk all day and then come home and sit on the couch. Constantly being in a seated position can have detrimental effects to our health, and often lead to muscle imbalances due to some muscles being overworked while others are neglected. Over time our bodies adjust to being in certain positions day in and day out, and as a result changes are made so that those positions are easier to maintain. When sitting at a desk our shoulders hunch upward and forward, our backs become stretched out and our heads slouch forward.

You may find yourself in this position even when you are not sitting down anymore because your body thinks that is now the normal position. Injuries can also be a major source of muscle imbalances, which can cause more problems than initially diagnosed. When an injury occurs, the muscles surrounding the affected area begin to weaken as they are no longer able to be used the way they are meant to. As they become weaker, other muscles begin to tighten up to compensate and muscle imbalances are created. Movement is a big part of what keeps our bodies healthy and operating at peak performance, no matter what the demands are.

Kinesiology aims to return your body back to what it is meant to be. Through the use of proper stretching techniques and strength building exercises, muscle imbalances can be removed and proper body function can be restored. The goal is to not only improve the weak muscles, but to strengthen our entire bodies and provide an understanding of how to maintain these changes on your own. With a personalized exercise program created for your needs, your aches and pains will disappear and you can get back to doing what you love!

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