A Kinesiologist's job is recognizing dysfunction in their patient's bodies and understanding how each issue is accompanied by a weakness in a specific corresponding muscle. So when a layman sees someone who has a difficulty getting out of a seat, or a person that is not swinging their arms while walking, they may not understand that there may be an underlying problem that can be helped with exercises and movement therapies. Here are two examples of issues that are common with Parkinson's patients as well as many other people.
Take a look at this example of a gentleman walking. While anyone else might see nothing out of the ordinary, a kinesiologist can see the lack of arm swing with each of his steps and identify a loss in range of motion.
Why is arm swing important? Although such pendulum-like motion of arms is not essential for walking, recent studies point that arm swing improves the stability and energy efficiency in human locomotion.
Neurologists in the US suggest irregular arm swings while walking could be an early sign of Parkinson's disease and scientific measurement of such a suspected symptom could help diagnose the disease earlier, giving greater opportunity to slow brain cell damage and disease progression.
A few exercises can be recommended such as seated twists and the exercises in the video below;
In the next example we might see a man getting up out of his chair, where as a trained kinesiologist would notice the following issues; Stressed shoulders, locked elbows and a posterior pelvic tilt.
If left untreated these issues could lead to a higher risk of falls, increased shoulder impingement and decreased range of motion.
An exercise that we would recommend to build strength, stability and range of motion is 3 sets of 5 to 8 sit to stands.
Pain is the body's way of telling you something is not quite right. It could be a simple local muscle contusion or strain or something much more complex from a different part of your body.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these issues in day to day life or as a result from Parkinson's, please contact Reneu Health, Inc. and schedule your FREE consultation today!
We are a team of experienced clinical kinesiologists who specialize in preventive and rehabilitative exercise for seniors. We believe that aging is part of a beautiful journey and everyone deserves to live their best life. We understand that as our bodies get older, it doesn’t function the same. As some see this as a limitation, we see it as an opportunity. With the right mindset, knowledge, tools and support we help improve quality of life, slow the progression of certain conditions and help you take control of your health.
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