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

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

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

playing soccer

Nighttime Sobbing? Daytime Behavior Challenges? 😵

Sobbing or acting out? Growth may be the culprit

The sun, warmth, and outdoors are the perfect catalysts for growth in your children.

With that growth comes two common challenges to being a parent — pain and dis-regulation.

As a parent, there is nothing more heart breaking to have a sobbing child in the middle of the night, “my legs hurt,” with little to offer for comfort other than Motrin.

Equally frustrating is the growing child who seems like they are out of control, going from zero to one hundred on the emotion scale in a nano-second.  Read more

running and walking shoes

Do Your Running and Walking Shoes Feel Great? Or Just Ok?

All the miles of walking and running has got you wondering if it’s time to get new shoes. I know, the shoes you have are so comfortable! It’s so hard to find a pair that feels right.

Despite all of the technology and expert advice at the sports stores, I find there are two, more basic traits which can be the difference between feeling ok and feeling great. Read more

UVC lamp

What’s the Odd Light in the Office?

UVC Lamps- What do they do?

UVC lamp

The coronavirus continues to be a concern and your safety is of utmost importance.

This UVC lamp (pictured) is a way we are going the extra mile for you.

Are you sensitive to chemical cleaners?

This space age looking lamp is another way we keep everything as sterile as possible without the residue of harsh chemicals. The UVC lamp also produces ozone for a one-two punch killing both surface and air borne pathogens. We use the lamp between uses of a room. Read more

4th of July

Holiday How To’s

So much to celebrate!

  • This great nation turns 244
  • You’ve survived three+ months into the Covid altered world
  • Summer is here, with full-on heat and humidity!

For some of you the holiday weekend is a time to kick back and relax, for others its a time to get outdoors on a trail. I’m re-sharing the most popular How To videos to support you in finding calm, or getting yourself put back together after a close encounter with the ground.

Happy Fourth of July!

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post-quarantine aches

Is Your Post-Quarantine Body Feeling Stiff, Tired, and a Bit Puffy?

As the weather warmed you emerged from corona quarantine.

Over the past few months, you’ve been coping with work and school transitions for yourself or family. The working from home thing meant stuck in a chair for hours. Your newfound baking skills have resulted to the infamous “quarantine 10/15/20” pounds.

As our clients have returned to Kinetic Konnections we find they have some common concerns. Feeling:

  • stiff from sitting so much
  • tired out, from lack of exercise and/or the extra 10/15/20 extra pounds
  • puffy from lack of activity or too much sugar and salt

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