Monthly Archives: November 2012

Join Us In Our December Clothing Donation Drive


Movéo Clothing Drive

Every December Movéo partners with a local charity to collect food and other supplies which are given to local individuals and families in need. This year we ask you to join us in supporting our local food bank in one of two ways. Firstly we have a donation box in the clinic for non-perishable food items that will be distributed during December.

In addition this year are offering you a challenge…with a reward! From Monday 3rd to Saturday 15th December we are offering anyone who donates an item of warm clothing, such as a sweater, coat or fleece 5% off their treatment. Please read the instructions on this page to ensure that you bring donations that are suitable.

Clothing will be donated to the Good Stuff Connection Clothing Program which supports the North Shore Crisis Services Society’s Sage Transition House. The Transition House is an 18 bed facility that provides safety and support to women and their children fleeing abusive situations. It provides a vital service for women on the North Shore, and we’re very proud to be supporting such a good cause this holiday season.

Movéo is proud to support such a worthy and important cause on the North Shore, and we look forward to your donations!

How KTape Can Enhance Performance and Aid Rehabilitation

What's all the fuss about Ktape?

By Mae Nakano

If you have been following professional or amateur sports, such as the Olympics, you may have noticed a surge of colourful tape donned by athletes essentially anywhere possible on their body. While the colour is nothing short of a fashion statement, the composition of the tape is highly beneficial for performance and rehabilitation.

In the athletic world, the tape is informally called KTape. There are also multiple similar brands available under names such as: Kinesio Tape, KT Tape, Rock Tape, Spider Tech, etc. It was first used by a Japanese chiropractor named Dr. Kenzo Kase. Beginning with sumo wrestlers, the tape had its international debut at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 where it received significant attention. Its popularity took off soon after.

What is it made of?

Dr. Kase and his team noted that the tape helped reduce pain, soreness, and inflammation. This is due to the composition of the tape: it is made to mimic human skin— its 140% elasticity compliments movement, and its 100% high-grade hypoallergenic cotton composition increases its breathability so that moisture (such as sweat) can escape. Yet, it is also water resistant and maintains adhesion when wet: through showers, baths, and even swims. Because of these qualities, the tape lasts for longer—up to 5 days— and more comfortably while it works its magic.

 What is it used for?

– Muscle facilitation and inhibition through neuromuscular control

KTape recruits motor units in the muscle it is applied to. A single motor unit is one neuron and the muscle fiber surrounding it. When it is activated, a contraction occurs. Increased motor unit recruitment due to the tape results in increased muscle function around the area where it is applied. This allows normal muscle activity to help stabilize the joint. This differs from zinc oxide/leukotape and traditional athletic tape, which are used for mechanical stability and inhibition of motion. Often, it is used to promote activation of the gluteus muscles. This is important because although they are a large group of muscles, they can become lazy. When these muscles slack off, patients tend to experience IT-band syndrome and/or chronic low back pain.

Meanwhile, the tape also prevents over-contraction of an exhausted muscle. Muscles in the body are regulated by a “contraction failure” mechanism. This ensures that a contraction does not pass a safety threshold, which would result in injury of the muscle or tendon. K Tape can serve as a gentle reminder of the threshold for over-worked muscles. It is often used to inhibit the over-use of upper trapezius muscles, which tighten and tire due to poor or prolonged posture. This is a common pain seen in almost every situation, from office workers and trades workers to athletes, hairdressers, and at-home parents.

The stretchy elastic tape also provides a neurological sensory feedback from the body to brain. There is a tendency for one to rub a sore area for relief. This works because it creates a non-threatening sensory signal for the brain to be distracted from the pain signals.

– Accumulation of body fluid in vessels

KTape is also used for lymphedema, edema, swelling, and tight fascia. Inflammation is the accumulation of body fluids in one area, which results in localized pain. To get rid of the discomfort and swelling, KTape actually lifts the skin off the vessels underneath and relieves pressure. This opening of the vessels gives enough room to flush away the old, stale fluid that is full of metabolites (waste products) present after injury or exercise. This also makes way for enriched blood to promote regeneration and recovery. In an acute ankle sprain, for example, the tape is used to drain the swelling so that active rehabilitation can begin earliest as possible. It is often used for post-surgical lymphedema as well to promote faster recovery.

Traditional white athletic tape is an additional layer on top of the skin. This inhibits not only movement, but also the flow of body fluid. Thus, it has an undesirable side effect of adding to the original inflammation. Therefore, the white tape’s sole purpose is to add joint stabilization and support only during an event. It restricts the joint into a tiny portion of its range of motion.

How Kinesiologists Fit in the Rehabilitation Puzzle

By Alfred Ball, President and Founder, Practicing Kinesiologist, Fascial Stretch Therapist™, Lifemoves® Health and Rehabilitation

Although, compared to some health and medical professionals the practice and profession of Kinesiology is relatively new, Kinesiologists are an integral part of the rehabilitation puzzle and university programs have been around since the late 60s. Over the last 10 years we have been gaining more recognition by our peers and by government.

In 2013, Ontario will have its own regulated College of Kinesiology, a process that the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists is closely watching and hopes to follow. In the meantime the B.C. Ministry of Health and the B.C. Medical Association has included Kinesiologists in the Community Healthcare and Resource Directory an online resource that Physicians use to refer their patients to additional treatment modalities and other health care specialities.

During my last 12 years of clinical practice I have been an advocate of Kinesiology because I believe in our value as well as the need to educate the general public about our profession.

What is Kinesiology?

The practice of Kinesiology is the assessment of movement, performance and function and the rehabilitation, prevention and management of disorders to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement, performance and function, in the areas of sport, recreation, work, exercise, and activities of daily living.

Who are Kinesiologists?

We all have a minimum of a four year undergraduate degree with core courses of exercise physiology, biomechanics and human anatomy and psychomotor behaviour. Many Kinesiologists also have additional health and fitness certifications. To maintain our professional memberships we are required to obtain 20 hours continuing education per year. Kinesiologists strive to improve the quality of life of individuals through therapeutic exercise and movement correction. We are passionate about enhancing our clients’ quality of life.

Lifemoves® Kinesiologists offer a wide variety of assessments and services to the public to assist with injury/illness prevention and chronic illness, injury and disability management.

Where does Kinesiology Fit in the Rehabilitation Puzzle?

Lifemoves® Kinesiologists work closely with other health and medical professionals including Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Registered Massage Therapists and Acupuncturists. While a patient may be prescribed a couple of exercises during a treatment from other providers, and Lifemoves® Kinesiologists do have training in specific soft tissue modalities, our expertise and speciality is providing clinically based exercise programs. We communicate with the other practitioners who are treating the same client to co-ordinate a treatment plan.

There are many ways that we fit in the rehabilitation puzzle.

Firstly, clients seek the guidance of a Kinesiologist once the acute stage of an injury has been resolved and they are ready to start to strengthen the tissues and joint previously injured. We reserve referrals either after discharge or while the client is receiving treatment from for example a Chiropractor.

The second way, we fit into the treatment puzzle is that clients want to stay active while resolving an injury. We help clients adapt their current training program so that they don’t lose fitness in non-involved areas. Clients also provided them with movement education to prevent further re-injury or injury aggravations.

Thirdly, our clients also have chronic medical conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s Disease and Diabetes.

Fourthly, we assist in pre and post rehab for surgeries. For surgeries such as total joint replacements we prepare clients for surgery to speed up their recovery as well we see them after they have been discharged from Physiotherapy. We also have experience with many other surgeries such as labrum repairs, ACL repairs and disectomies.

Because the human body is a series of connected joints and integrated systems there are often loses of proprioception (awareness) and strength as well as movement compensations that still exist in non-involved and involved joints once injured tissues are healed (think of the limp after a twisted ankle).

Are Kinesiology Sessions Approved by Medical Benefits Plans?

Our Canadian Kinesiology Association has been working diligently with health and medical benefits plans to have our services covered under the paramedical section, however it is very dependent on the insurance company and what the employer has negotiated. Start by obtaining a referral for Kinesiology services for a specific condition then check into your individual plans.

We do accept ICBC claims and are often sought to help manage disability claims by providing supervised work conditioning sessions.

What is Involved in Kinesiology Sessions?

A Kinesiologist first obtains a health history, performs a movement assessment and then performs any special tests like muscle strength testing to determine an individual’s starting level of function. Aprogram to restore proper movement patterns, increase strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness and durability is then created. We do this by augmenting the exercises given by other practitioners with additional exercise s. Clients are taken through progressive and systematic program based on their needs, motivations and needs. Under supervision clients learn how to lift and move properly. We correct postural and muscle imbalances, improve strength and increase fitness. This results in reduced recovery time and risk of re-injury.

Through a combination our programs such as Active Rehabilitation, Medical Fitness Training, Occupational Rehabilitation, Fascial Stretch Therapy™ and Myofascial Release our goal at Lifemoves® is restore function so that our clients are able to participate in the sports they enjoy, be productive employees and complete their daily activities.

Lifemoves® is located at 203 – 777 W Broadway in Vancouver. If you are interested in finding out more of how we can work with your team at Moveo Sport and Rehabilitation please call us at 604.568.5484 or find us on the web at

Movéo Client Sonya Lill Organizes an Unofficial New York Half Marathon

Moveo client Sonya Lill and her husband Blair were in New York at the weekend to take part in the 2012 New York Marathon. Unfortunately the race was cancelled at the last minute due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Sonya and Blair were among a group of marathon participants who took the initiative, organizing their own unofficial half-marathon in Central Park, and volunteering to help distribute emergency supplies in damaged neighbourhoods. Click here to view her video blog of their trip on CTV’s website.