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Traditions and Taking New Steps ๐Ÿช ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ ๐Ÿ’™

The old and the new!

Traditions … how you build bonds and memories with special people in your lives. Knowing what to expect and letting it happen in the same old, yet unique way each year.

Your traditions may have been challenged this year, but hopefully they’ve transitioned to something new and better for the years ahead. Read more

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Three Quick Ways to Calm Your Child, or Yourself

๐Ÿ˜ฑ You feel exhausted.
๐Ÿ˜ฑ You’re feeling stuck, and struggling to get anything done.
๐Ÿ˜ฑ Your child seems to be spinning out of control.

And, there are more weeks of at-home time staring you down.

At Kinetic Konnections we specialize in helping you and your family with the micro-movements needed for your nervous system to return to a calm and organized state.

Here are three simple tactics to help and why they work. Read more

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Keeping Each Other Safe, Calm, and Moving!

Amidst rising Covid positivity rates and the usual flu season, here is a reminder of some of what we do each day to keep us all safe:

  • Information gathering the day before your appointment via our health and travel survey
  • Staggered schedules to minimize chances of encountering anyone else when you are coming or going
  • Staggered room usage allowing space to be cleaned, sanitized and ventilated for at least an hour between clients
  • Waiting in your car, or the lobby, and arriving at your appointment time

In this changing environment we actively monitor ILDPH guidelines and make changes as needed. Read more

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Lasting Effects from Injuries. Who is Easier to Help — Kids or Adults?

How is helping an injury different between kids and adults?

Recently we had a client ask, “Is it easier to help kids, or adults?” My answer, “It depends.”

We recently explored this question related to surgical recovery.

However, injuries are a more common event at all ages so let’s explore the differences between helping adults and children erase the after-effects of an injury. Read more

are kids easier to change than adults?

Do Kids or Adults Change More Easily?

Recently we had a client ask, “Is it easier to help kids, or adults?” My answer, “It depends.”

Why?

It depends on what event derailed the movement and regulation continuum, and when in time the derailment happened.

Like the trains our children play with, a train on tracks is a useful metaphor to explain this derailment:

  • Did it jump the tracks and needs help getting back on track?
  • Did it end up on the wrong track blindly going on its way toward a different destination? or
  • Is it stuck in a web of various tracks going multiple directions?

Read more

using Bridging for post-op recovery

Still Recovering from a Surgery or Medical Procedure?

Recent Surgical Procedure?

recovering from knee surgeryWe have many clients who are finally able to get their Covid delayed procedures done, or have had test results requiring new procedures. Knees, hips, biopsies, moles, shoulders and feet. Oh my!

Being such a timely topic, post-surgical support will be the focus for our quarterly professional Bridgingยฎ learning event next week. The case study being discussed follows a client over the first three weeks post-op from her knee replacement. (photo shows day 13 and Day 17)

Interested in Bridging education? January will kick-off a new cohort. Let Cara know you’d like to get details as they are finalized.

 


How can Bridging help your post-op recovery?

using Bridging Technique for post-op recovery

  • Reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Faster healing
  • Clear discomfort of compensations
  • Ease of movement

How? The tiny movements we use allow the micro-vasculature to re-establish their network. This microscopic capillary and lymphatic system is crucial for bringing in nutrients to heal, and taking away the damaged cellular waste.

As the swelling goes down movement is more comfortable and free. (photo is 3.5 weeks post- knee repair)

 


What timing is best?

There are distinct phases of help for post-operative support. (photo shows before/after swelling change of 3.5 weeks post-scoped knee.)
knee surgery recovery

  • Week 1: restore adjacent movement better support the traumatized zone.
  • Week 2-6: Reintegrate subtle multi-directional movement. Clear compensatory movements.
  • Week 6+: Reintegrate complex movement to the traumatized area, and begin to increase resistance/strength.

If you can make it to the office, there is an aspect we are able to help with!

 

At Kinetic Konnections we love being able to offer alternatives to support your family in more flexible ways. An in-person or virtual session may be the missing piece to your recovery process!

Our goal at Kinetic Konnections is to keep your body optimally organized to behave, focus and be active for the things you enjoy in life.


 

You are now able to schedule your 30-minute virtual sessions online through the MindBody Fitness app!
New and existing clients are welcome to use this option.

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Pain, Anxiety and Balance Concerns? Consider a Virtual Session

Virtual session for adults – What’s different?

From a client’s wife in Kansas City, MO –

“He was moving much better during our walk that followed your session. He walked more quickly as well.

Cara easily navigated us through simple movements virtually. These movements resulted in more fluidity and flexibility for his body after a debilitating illness that left him very weak and de-conditioned.”

From Cara –

“This client was very active before a series of medical issues a year ago. The many procedures upset the ability of his core to be centered and to rotate easily with everyday life transitions such as sit to stand, walking, and stairs. His body’s disorganization also left him generally fatigued. The medical support kept him alive, but his quality of life needed a boost.

We met three times virtually where I guided his wife through a series of movements to center his core organization and re-establish specific attributes of core movement and control. He is now back to his active life!”ย  Read more

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What Does a Virtual Session Look Like?

Virtual session for your kids: What does it look like?

From a mom from Southern California-

“Charles has made so much improvement- so grateful for your help.

He was so much more regulated after the session and heโ€™s jumping for the first time! Those are the major noticeable changes – but I can go on and on.

Thank you again.”

At Kinetic Konnections we love being able to offer alternatives to support your family in more flexible ways. Check out the reasons why a virtual session may be a good option for your family in our last BLOG post. Read more

virtual Bridging session

Would My Child Benefit from a Virtual Session?

Why should you consider a Virtual Bridgingยฎ Session?

virtual Bridging sessionThere are several reasons why you might want to give a virtual session a try.

  • Distance: You literally can not get to our office because you are geographically distant.
  • Schedules: The ever-changing hybrid schedule with school doesn’t allow you enough time to plan for a visit to the office.
  • Behavior: Your child has a tough time transitioning out of their element. Working on some organizing movements in their familiar setting is easier on everyone.
  • Covid Risk: Due to risk factors in the family you may not feel comfortable with an in-office session.

Read more

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What Do You Find Yourself Missing These Days?

Taking a lesson from our kids

As parents we are so busy trying to hold it all together.

We worry about our parents, our children, our friends, our jobs, the animals, etc.

It’s. So. Overwhelming!

Part of the pity party referenced in our last post might include acknowledging what we are missing.

I thought this graphic communicating what a child was missing these days (shown above) was so simple, yet powerful! What a great way to gain insights on why a children might be struggling emotionally.

(The graphic is courtesy of my friend Kim Brahm, a pediatric Occupational Therapist at The Balanced Kid in Westmont, IL.) Read more