Kinesiology

The Study of Human Movement

What is Kinesiology:

Kinesiology is the study of human movement…but how can that help you in your current journey towards wellness?

Injury Assessment and Rehabilitation
Kinesiologists provide assessment and treatment services for the rehabilitation of people suffering from physical injuries sustained at work, in automobile collisions, in sports and other life activities. The primary service is active rehabilitation, which consists of the assessment of physical function followed by the implementation and progression of a specifically structured and individually tailored exercise program to enhance and promote the safe and dependable return to an individual’s regular life activities. Kinesiologists may also perform specialized services such as biomechanical analysis of injury mechanisms, conduct job demands analysis and functional capacity evaluations in relation to an individual’s occupational requirements.

Health and Fitness
Kinesiologists design and conduct health and wellness programs for all age groups, teach and organize courses and workshops in health promotion including general fitness, sport performance, athletic training, human nutrition and general issues related to a person’s physical well-being.

For a list of group fitness programs currently being offered at Reed Family Wellness, please check our schedule.

Exercise Therapy
Kinesiologists provide exercise and lifestyle-based services to enhance the lives of those suffering from chronic diseases or physical and neurological injuries, such as: diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis, autism spectrum disorder, osteoporosis, arthritis, and traumatic brain injury.

Ergonomics and Workplace Design
Kinesiologists provide physical demands analysis in the workplace to reduce and prevent the occupational risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI). They identify and assess risk factors and design, analyze or adapt workplace conditions to reduce the risk of injury.

Kinesiologists may also provide worker safety education and injury prevention training on posture related to lifting, bending, carrying, sitting and standing. Injury prevention is also aided by other services that kinesiologists provide including pre-employment and post-offer screening, the design of workplace specific warm-up and stretch programs and tool/equipment design or modification.

Fitness Classes:

Chris will strive to keep his class sizes small, allowing for more one on one interaction with each participant. Chris’ expertise as a kinesiologist means that he will be able to fit standard training plans to each participants unique condition and challenges. Also, a more patient, gentle approach to fitness will be of significant value to those who may struggle in a traditional gym or “boot camp*” setting.

Chris’ approach to fitness and running programs has always been far more patient and gentle than the traditional “gym” approach. Previous participants have most often commented on how helpful it is to have Chris offer this approach, along with explaining “theory” behind movement and activity which allows participants to better understand the “why” of each activity.

To start, the following classes will be offered with additional classes added as it becomes clearer what types of programs will be of most benefit to the community. Start dates will stagger.

Fit for two Prenatal Group Fitness program: Utilizing outdoor space as much as possible and equipment that can be easily found at home, Chris will work with participants to accomplish the goal of being active and safe throughout the 9 months of pregnancy. Each women faces unique challenges throughout pregnancy as they adjust to a different centre of gravity and the physical effects of hormonal changes. The intensity of this program will be dictated by the participants fitness levels but the goal will be to allow for optimal health and movement during pregnancy. (Max 8)

Learn to Run/Walk to 5K: Chris has helped hundreds of people from all levels of fitness begin their own personal running journey in this fun walk to run program. The focus will be on creating a sustainable habit of running by starting slow, teaching proper form and injury prevention and also by promoting the idea of group accountability to help participants reach their own personal goals. The group will meet only once per week with each participant responsible for maintaining 2 more weekly runs with each other or on their own. Each week, Chris will start the class with a weekly learning topic to teach running “theory”. The training schedule will be created with an end goal of the group completing a local 5km race together. This program is great for beginners but also for those looking to “start over” and create better running habits. 15 max pre register for run clinics.

Run Baby Run Learn to Run (Stroller Edition): This will generally be a similar program as the Learn to Run…but with strollers. A running stroller is required and mom and baby must have a doctors approval before beginning this program. This program will also be open to dads or any other caregiver. 6-10 people

Group Studio Classes: Gentle Movement for Lower Back: Great for those individuals who suffer with chronic lower back pain and injury. Strength and flexibility exercises in a controlled and supervised environment. (8 people max)

Chris Corfield

Kinesiologist

Philosophy on health: The body has the amazing ability to regenerate and heal. It doesn't matter if you are two or ninety two, the body can repair it [...]

What to expect on your visit.

Initial Consultation
Generally, your first kinesiology appointment with Chris Corfield, BAKin, BCAK will include a 1 hour assessment and consultation. In this first appointment, Chris will complete a physical assessment, review your history and will discuss your personal goals and objectives. This will allow Chris to develop a plan for ongoing kinesiology treatment.

Along with a designation of Registered Kinesiologist, Chris has also completed training in various other therapies and modalities such as therapeutic massage, Kinesio Taping, fascial release and more. This training means that Chris can utilize many avenues of treatment for each client including one-on-one fitness training or group classes, Kinesio Taping, trigger point therapy, TENS/EMS treatment, stretching & strengthening, fascial release and more. As time allows, treatment may be started in the first appointment.

The goal of this initial appointment will be to come up with a plan for moving forward towards optimal health. Referral to other practitioners within Reed Family Wellness as well as to various group fitness programs and Integrated Care Streams will also be utilized.

Follow-up Appointments
Once the initial consultation has been completed, a plan will be in place for follow up kinesiology treatment with Chris. Appointments are generally booked in increments of 15min, depending on the type of treatment requirement. Most appointments will be 30-45 minutes.

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