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 Bridging® 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.

adult virtual Bridging Session

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!”  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 he’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 Bridging® 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

what kids miss during quarantine

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

Back to school

Parents, Do You Have Back-to-School Stress Too?

It’s OK not to be OK

Transitions are hard!

Michelle Obama quoteEvery year we hear of families going through the stress of back to school. For some, the addition of the daily structure is a godsend. For others, the rigidity of the school day is a nightmare to navigate.

This year brings much of the same but with an added layer of complexity.

In a typical year, back-to-school challenges include:

  • Who is dropping off, picking up or car-pooling?
  • What school supplies does this class/school need?
  • When to get to bed and when to wake up?
  • How do after school activities fit in?

And now add:

  • Which days are virtual, and which are in-person?
  • Where do we find the online class and assignment links?
  • How many face masks do we need?
  • Are the face masks washed?
  • Is the hand sanitizer filled?
  • Where do I get a thermometer for daily temp checks?
  • Did I remember to brush my teeth?

Your head is ready to explode, right? Read more

Teen studies at home

Do You Struggle with How Your Child Sits for E-learning?

Maybe your child knows what works best for them

It’s already started.

You set up the perfect virtual school space so they can focus. But your child just won’t sit properly.

They prefer to

  • sit on their knees,
  • sit cross legged,
  • sit on the floor,
  • slouch on their bed, or
  • half stand.

Now what? Don’t sweat it. Your child may be studying in the way that actually works best for them, even if it doesn’t look right, or comfortable. Read more

girl participates in zoom class

Is Your Child Struggling to Concentrate?

Concentration challenges? Five reasons why behavior may not be to blame

You’ve put your best foot forward for the start to an unusual school year.

  • You’ve done all you can to sort through so many emails to put together the daily school schedule.
  • You’ve set up a school work space with laptop or iPad, chair, and desk/table.
  • You stocked up and organized snacks and drinks for easy access.

Now it’s up to your child. Will they be able to pull it together to focus and learn? There is often more to consider with our children’s ability to stay on task than what you read in parenting blogs. Read more

child making a drawing

Non-Covid Reasons Your Child (and You) May Be Dreading a Return to School

School focus challenging? Or is it really a fine motor challenge?

Beyond all the environmental and logistical challenges related to returning to school, some more fundamental challenges can also add to your child’s frustrations — focus and fine motor skills.

Does your child seem lazy or resistant to doing their work?

There is often more to consider with our children’s behavior than merely motivation. At Kinetic Konnections, we meet family after family struggling with challenging school behaviors. Our assessment process often surfaces subtle, yet significant, glitches in fine motor skills. This is frequently an underlying cause for the lack of focus or avoidance of work. Read more

meadow in summer

Downtime and Silver Linings

Loosen your bone, Wilma.

This was the quote on my calendar yesterday, “Loosen your bone, Wilma.”

This reference to Wilma from the cartoon, The Flintstones, was quite fitting as I was heading off for a short get-away to “loosen up.” A little change of scenery helps to refresh the mind, body, and spirit. I like to spend some time outdoors hiking.

After five months in Illinois, I’m flying driving to California Michigan. Wow, pandemic really changed my planning, lol, although the hiking part remains the same. Read more