How can a Registered Kinesiologist help you?  Whether you have a health condition, are struggling to break through a training plateau, or want to know how to start with John Gray RKin, start here to move forward!

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Frequently asked questions

How do I know what length of time to book?

Although your first appointment is a 60 minute assessment to understand and determine your needs, goals, and prognosis, the length of your follow-up appointments will depend on many factors including your abilities and time. 30-minute sessions focus on one-to-two areas, such as thoracic mobility, rotator cuff strengthening, or low back exercise. 60 minute sessions are most appropriate for people with multiple goals, or those who need to exercise for a longer amount of time in order to get a benefit. Feel free to call or email to ask about your particular needs and any concerns or questions you may have.

How often do I need to book my appointments?

Finding the best frequency for your appointments is when they are based on your current condition, future goals, and your ability to maintain your exercise program independently. This is discussed at the time of your initial appointment, after we discuss potential factors that can affect your progress. At that time we also discuss your prognosis - that is, the results we want to achieve by working together as well as how long we expect it to take. Short-term goals, such as acute joint pain, may only take a few appointments over a few weeks. Longer-term goals, such as managing chronic illness, can take months or run indefinitely. However, while some clients prefer to meet once or more per week, other clients of mine only check-in every month or so to stay on track.

What is the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario?

The College of Kinesiologists of Ontario is the regulatory body that governs the health profession of Kinesiology in Ontario. Watch this great video to learn more!:

What happens in the Initial Assessment?

Your initial assessment is an important factor in deciding the best way to improve your health. During this appointment we go over many things that will affect your tolerance and response to exercise, including:

  • informing you of all of the elements of the assessment, to seek your consent to proceed
  • discussing your primary complaint and progress goals
  • reviewing your medical history (past surgeries, illnesses, and treatments from other health professionals)
  • discussing your current medications that could affect you during exercise
  • performing a physical assessment of your movement patterns that aggravate or alleviate your pain
  • deciding on the objective outcome measures that we will work toward achieving during your visits,
  • determining a prognosis so we can stay on track toward reacheing your goals, and
  • if applicable, getting your signed consent to discuss our activities with your primary health professional.
The results of the Initial Assessment are used to determine your starting exercises, which are sent you you via email and accessed on the online portal. In addition, the Initial Assessment gives us the information we need to get you progressing in the right direction, right away.

What is Medically Appropriate Personal Training?

Medically appopriate personal training is ideal for clients who do not have any physical limitations, but have a current health condition that can be made worse with changes in your activity or exercise. Clients who otfen fall into this category include those who:

  • are receiving medical treatment, or have risk factors for, cardiovascular disease
  • have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis
  • are managing chronic pain and fatigue after surgery or as a result of your medications
  • have a history of an muscle, joint, or tendon injury that can become aggravated unexpectedly
Your progress is tracked each session and modifications to your program are made frequently to maximize your health outcomes. Your primary health professional is kept up-to-date on your progress and goals, so that you feel confident in having a team working together for your best interests. With medically appropriate personal training, clients often are able to improve their activity in sports or other leisure activities with more mobility, fewer pain episodes, and a decreased rate of re-injury.

What is "Return to Sport" Training?

Any serious athlete will tell you that performance does not equal health. Recurring injuries, pain, and training plateaus are all factors that can seem impossible to overcome. Return to Sport training puts you on the fast track to getting you back onto the field, court, or other competitive environment. Your initial appointment is a comprehensive assessment of your medical history, current health and fitness level, and risk factors to determine the safest and most effective path to your goals. Your specialized exercise program is individualized to address any weaknesses and restrictions that limit your performance and increase your risks of reinjury. Many clients achieve personal best performances in their sport and feel better than ever in the process.

What is Medical Exercise for Chronic Illness?

The number of physicians prescribing condition-specific exercise for patients with chronic illnesses is increasing year after year. Exercise has been shown in many research reports to improve health and function outcomes, reduce the side effects of medications or other treatments, and improve one's quality of life. Medical Exercise is ideal for clients who are currently being followed by a physician for the treatment of illnesses including:

  • Type 1 or type 2 Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthitis
  • Ankylosing sponylitis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis, and
  • Cancer
As with all services, your primary health professional is kept informed on your progress so that your team are all working together to give you the best possible care.