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The Fall Newsletter is Here!

Happy Almost Fall! We had a busy summer and have been engaged in lots of new learning and fun. Follow us on Instagram (#kinespherept #kinespherepilates) and Facebook (@kinespherephysicaltherapy @kinespherepilates). Below check out our expert tips on your health to keep safe and healthy this fall.

Sincerely, The Kinesphere Physical Therapy and Pilates Team (Stacy, Ashley, Tamara, Noelle, Katie, Bree, Monika and Art)

Fall Prevention:

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year?

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls are costly—in dollars and they affect quality of life.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1):

One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.

Falls risk can be reduced by use of fall prevention techniques.

1. Exercise: Improving strength and focusing on evidence based exercises that improve balance – fall risk is greatly decreased and confidence is greatly improved.

2. Medication Check: Have your physician or pharmacist identify any medication that interacts or that may cause dizziness.

3. Eye exam: Having a regular eye exam will assure vision changes have not affected your mobility.

4. Transition slowly: Get up from bed or a chair slowly and get your bearing before starting to move.

5. Footwear: Wear appropriate footwear to help improve stability.

6. Lighting: Assure you have adequate lighting in the home, especially in the hallways and bathrooms. Turn on a light at night to prevent night time falls.

7. Rugs: Area rugs pose a large fall risk – be sure to remove these from the home.

8. Clutter: Have your living space free of clutter. Be sure there are no papers, boxes or cords around, as they can cause a tripping hazard.

By incorporating these lifestyle adjustments and participating in physical therapy that can address balance deficits, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.

Tamara specializes in balance disorders and can assess and treat these conditions.

Backpack safety:

Back to school time means lugging around backpacks again. Unfortunately, this can be a source all too often of complaints of back pain from children of all ages. It is common to see children carrying as much as ¼ their body weight in their back pack. However, it is recommended that a child’s backpack should not weigh more than 10-15% of their body weight (example: a child weighing 100 lbs should not carry a backpack over 15 pounds). For those with middle and high school students, encourage them to stop at their locker when they have a few extra minutes (perhaps around lunch) to swap out books for their afternoon classes. This is a simple way to decrease the load and avoid hauling every textbook around the entire school day.

Tips to consider when looking at how your child uses their backpack or when looking to buy a backpack:

· Use both padded shoulder straps to better distribute the weight onto both sides of their trunk to prevent the straps from digging in on her/his shoulders

· It should not hang lower than 4 inches below her/his waist (tighten up the shoulder straps)

· A padded back to help protect their back from objects poking

· Use chest and waist straps to help distribute the weight evenly across the back

· Place the heaviest items closet to the back of the backpack

If your child has back pain and you have made these adjustments to heir backpack, please contact us and we can do a more formal evaluation to determine if there are other contributing factors to his/her back pain and help them to resolve this. Being proactive can prevent the development into chronic back pain.

Ashley, Tamara and Noelle specialize in orthopaedics, including low back pain and treat this in the clinic

Food and Pain:

“My body aches all the time... I have this constant pain and irritation in my body.”

You either experience this yourself, or you have a friend or family member who suffers with chronic pain. In 2016, approximately 1 in 5 American adults were found to have chronic pain (1). This is a multi-faceted condition that requires various approaches. Mobility. Posture. Stress Management. AND…. Diet.

Did you know that the foods you eat can be inflammatory and play a role in chronic pain? They can also modulate pain and help shut down inflammation. Let’s take the example of fats. The omega 3 fats found in wild caught fish are capable of inhibiting many aspects of the inflammatory process in the body. On the other hand, the omega 6 fats found in Canola oil are pro-inflammatory. (2)

What happens if we’re eating canola and other industrial seed oils and not getting enough omega 3’s? Our body is going to be in a pro-inflammatory state, unable to shift gears because it doesn’t have the proper building blocks. The takeaway?

Step 1: Look at the fats you’re eating. Include olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, wild caught fish.

Step 2: Avoid using industrial seed oils like Canola in your home. You’ll get plenty of those anytime you eat out. Small changes bring big shifts over time. Here’s one small change to help you begin to support a healthy pain response this week.


Brooke Seiz, Functional Nutrition Practitioner, is mother of 3, and passionate about improving the health of the community one person at time. After healing through diet and lifestyle approaches from her own health challenges, she’s passionate about helping others find the answers they’re seeking with the support to make it happen.

Meet Pilates Instructor Breanne Risenhoover…

Breanne “Bree” Risenhoover originally came to Kansas City from the Denver, Colorado area to attend The Culture House’s Artist Development program as a dancer. It is there that she met fellow Pilates instructor, Katie Cornwell, who she trained with for two years. Pilates helped her through several dance injuries, and guided her to be a stronger and more passionate dancer. Bree decided she wanted to share the benefits of Pilates with others and in 2017 she completed the Polestar Pilates comprehensive training program. Bree is a thoughtful and analytical trainer, as well as compassionate toward each client’s individual needs. She is available for private and duet sessions, and currently teaches equipment classes Monday and Thursday at 6 pm, beginner equipment class Tuesday at 5:45 pm, and mat class Saturday at noon. Please call 913-313-9229 or email to schedule a Pilates session with Bree!

Learn to become a Pilates Teacher at Kinesphere!

We just announced our 2020 Polestar Pilates comprehensive series dates. Did you know what it is that makes all of our therapists and instructors that much more special? Their commonality is that we only have Polestar Pilates trained staff. You too can learn to become a Pilates teacher from the best. For more information visit our website.

Massage anyone?

Did you know that Kinesphere Physical Therapy has a massage therapist? Art Kent LMT is our diamond in the rough.

Do you have chronic pain? Postural issues? Are you experiencing daily aches and pains of an active life?

Why not try a massage session! There are three different massage length options to choose from. Call us today to find out more.

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