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Friday, August 2, 2013

Lifemoves Opens New Rehabilitation Clinic in North Vancouver


 I am very excited to announce the we have established a new clinic space in North Vancouver at 201-130 Pemberton Avenue. During the last six years  we have been located within other facilities; now have an independent space to grow within and help our clients get moving for life.

While the last eight weeks have been a difficult and soul searching time for myself and Lifemoves® the following quote has really helped me stay focused and moving forward.

"An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great." - Unknown

Some clients have asked me “why have my own space?” There are several reasons, but the main reason is because it has been my dream and vision since 1999 to own a rehabilitation clinic within a training studio.  Half of that puzzle came about because Andrea Perrino of Go to Hellth understood my desire for a clinical space while we still use Go to Hellth for gym based conditioning programs. 
My heart and eyes lit up when she showed me a nearly 900 square foot space with a washroom that includes a shower.  It didn’t take me long to figure out that this space was where I could rebuild Lifemoves®.   During the last four weeks with help from family and the support of close friends and clients I have been able to complete the needed renovations to get the place ready for clients.  Some of the materials have come from Pemberton businesses –Dulux Paints, Nu Trends, North Vancouver Linens and Nu Floors.
We are located above Richie Collision with a separate street level entrance on the corner of 1st Street West and Pemberton Avenue.  For now intake assessments, fascial stretch therapy and any sessions that do not require the gym equipment will take place at 201, while more gym based activities will continue to take place at Go to Hellth which has a separate entrance, but  is in the same building.
At the moment this is the only clinic of this kind in the area. I am looking forward to growing Lifemoves® in this unique location to be the go to place for health and rehabilitation on the North Shore with other practitioners such as Physiotherapists, Athletic Therapists, Occupational Therapist and Registered Massage Therapists.

 If you haven't been in for awhile and need a tune-up or know of someone who could benefit from our movement coaching expertise please call us at 604.283.1858.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Lifemoves Goes to Hellth

We are very excited to have found a new home and community where we will continue to do what we love to do - help you lead a more active and healthier life!

Join us in Hellth Starting Monday June 17th

Our new home is filled with wonderous toys, tools and equipment for us to train with on the ground floor and showers, change rooms, lockers with locks and spinning room upstairs.

New location:

(much easier to find than previous location)

Go to HellthGo to Hellth

103 - 130 Pemberton Street (Pemberton and 1st)
North Vancouver, BC V7P 2R5
Please visit Go to Hellth before your next appointment so that you are familiar with parking and how to get there (no more bridge or railway! =)  visit their website. We are all about fostering a vibrant community of people seeking to improve their health.
Our new home is across the street from the Pemberton Heights Pub and next door to Richie Collision - look for signage with the flames. There is street level parking as well as parking behind the studio.
Please come early to your first appointment and bring a towel and water-bottle. Come into the front reception and have a seat, if we are with a client and Andrea Perrino, Studio Owner is there she will give you a tour.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this change. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Lifemoves' new home at Go to Hellth!
Alfred Ball's Signature
Alfred Ball, CEO
Practicing Kinesiologist | Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist

Lifemoves Health and Rehabilitation

103 - 130 Pemberton Street

North Vanouver, BC V7P 2R5

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lifemoves Seeks New Home

Lifemoves is close to celebrating its 6th year on the North Shore!  It also marks one year of operating out of It's Time Fitness Results. Andrea and I thank everyone who have joined us in this new space.  We  also extend a special thank you to all of our clients who stuck with us during two moves in 2012.

The facilities and equipment are excellent for us and our clients, however during discussions between It's Time Fitness and Lifemoves to move into year two we have mutually come to the conclusion that both organizations no longer share a vision that would enable Lifemoves to continue operating within this space.

We are close to finding a new location on the North Shore where we can provide the same quality and types of services we are known for.

Until Further Notice

 All sessions, except home visits will continue to take place and business will be conducted as usual at 101-788 Copping Street.

Please be patient with us during this transition as this is a difficult time for Lifemoves. We will do our best to mitigate any disruptions and maintain the quality of care and service we provide you.  More information will be forwarded once it is available and appropriate.   

We appreciate your business and the ability to be a source for your health, fitness and rehabilitation needs. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me directly at 604.283.1858 ext 1 or email at alfred [a] 


Alfred Ball
Lifemoves Health and Rehabilitation
CEO | Practicing Kinesiologist

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Using Neurokinetic Therapy to Create More Efficient Movement

The body is a complex system of relationships that are governed by the nervous system and the brain. During this weekend's Level I Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) we investigated these relationships. It was a pleasure to learn directly from David Weinstock, who developed NKT. 

How do We Move When Injured?

In the body every muscle works in a co-ordinated manner to create a movement. Injuries, surgeries or illnesses mess up the motor control center.     Humans have a phenomenal capacity to develop compensatory patterns to get the job done but are still dysfunctional. Even when the original injured tissue is healed these compensation patterns persist for years unless addressed. 

"Athletes are the best compensators" - David Weinstock

Our muscles are either prime movers, synergists, functional opposites or stabilizers depending on the movement. When there is an injury or trauma (direct or overuse) to the tissue these relationships get mixed up.  Repeated inefficient movements lead to earlier onset of fatigue, further trauma and injury.  An example of this is pec minor tension which brings the shoulder forward close the joint where the rotator cuff functions from. This reduces the ability to lift overhead and can lead to frozen shoulder or tendinitis.

What is Neurokinetic Therapy? 

"NeuroKinetic Therapy is a sophisticated assessment and treatment modality that addresses the causes of dysfunctional movement/coordination problems at their root in the motor control center in the cerebellum. The motor control center stores these patterns and directs their completion through the spinal cord and the muscles. The motor control center learns through failure." David Weinstock

How Does NKT Work?

A therapist using Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT) is investigating how the motor control center is function by testing various muscles and their relationships. A muscle testing weak could be inhibited by any tissue that has proprioceptive nerves - such as scars, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, fascia and organs not just muscles.We even found popliteus, a muscle behind the knee doing the work of leg muscles for someone with recent knee surgery I found a scar on my right abdomen from deep surgery that was preventing my quadratus laborum from functioning properly - this has been ongoing since 1977!

A place of soreness is often a symptom of what is going on above and below.  With muscle testing we investigate inhibited and facilitated relationships, release what we think is inhibiting and retest to see if this relationship has changed; if not there is another relationship that needs to be addressed.

Clients are given homework to complete twice daily  to continue the release and strengthening. This is highly important because it can take up to several thousand repetitions to get a new pattern ingrained in the motor control center.  A "tight"feeling facilitated muscle will often start to soften as the previously inhibited one comes back online and the nervous system modulates to reduce the tone in the previously tight feeling muscle.

The motor control centre is quite adaptive. Improper motor control is often found in patients with low-back pain; pain inhibits(prevents) muscles from firing properly thus making them weak and prone to injury.  Other tissues like tendons, ligaments and muscles which transfer load can take 6-12 weeks  or even longer to truly get stronger.  There are studies that show Achilles tendons and anterior cruciate ligament still  remodeling a year after the original injury or surgery.

 I am looking forward to helping clients move more efficiently and effectively by using  more finely tuned movement detective skills.

Learn more about NKT

Discover your compensation patterns and become a more efficient mover by booking a session with Alfred 

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Does Your Doctor Know You See a Kinesiologist?

Does your doctor know to you are seeing a Kinesiologist? Don't let it be a secret!  In January we sent out postcards to nearly two hundred North Shore doctors encouraging them to prescribe exercise as medicine; we had two clinics call us directly inquiring about what we do and how we can assist their patients.

In the last month Andrea and I had lunch meetings with nearly a dozen family doctors on the North Shore. We were surprised to learn how many didn't know that Lifemoves existed.  Our efforts are to encourage doctors to prescribe exercise as medicine. During our visits we were very encouraged to know how supportive they are about our services and our goals to help North Shore residents achieve greater movement in their lives.

They asked us about coverage under extended benefits plans.  While we have had success with disability plans and do regularly receive payment from ICBC (Lifemoves is an approved service provider) we struggle with extended benefits providers. Now that Kinesiologists are a registered health profession in Ontario we are hoping that kinesiology will be covered under a greater number of extended health benefits packages. In the meantime try to get a prescription for Kinesiology, especially for an ICBC claim.

How to Spread the Word About Kinesiology and Exercise Therapy

Kinesiologist's guidance can have postive effects on both the prevention and management injuries, disabilities and chronic diseases.  Please help us advocate for kinesiology and make it more accessible by speaking  with your doctor and employers. We would be happy to provide you with additional support information.

Also, we value and encourage collaboration with other health care and medical practitioners including family physicians regarding the care of our clients.  This means, with permission, forwarding requests for more information,  progress updates, receiving diagnostic information and having conversations related to the conditions clients seek us for exercise therapy.

If your doctor doesn't know you are seeing a kinesiologist, please let them know during your next visit; after all they are your primary health care provider and kinesiology shouldn't be kept a secret!We can provide you with our rack card, business cards and even referral pads, just let us know.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Getting People Moving at North Vancouver Business Tradeshow

Every year the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, which Lifemoves is a member of hosts a business tradeshow to showcase businesses in North Vancouver.  This five hour event was free, open to the public and held at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier. 

Andrea and I had a lot of fun talking to North Vancouver residents and hearing their stories about the challenges they face staying moving for life with several expressing interest in booking a consultation. We also met a number of people in businesses which are complementary to ours including Naturopathic Doctors, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Home Care Providers, Disability Insurance companies and the North Shore Disability Resources Centre.

Last Thursday we also revealed the first of several videos to the public which was well received:

Why Choose Lifemoves Kinesiology for Rehabilitation

 If you know of anyone who could benefit from Kinesiology please show them the video and have them call us at 604.283.1858 to book a 30 min complimentary consultation or a more comprehensive assessment for $80 + taxes.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Flip Vision Productions Films Promotional Videos

It has been nearly four years since Lifemoves filmed a promotional video.  The first one was completed by Capilano University students because I was finalist for the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce's Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009. 

 We found out about Flip Vision Productions through regular patronage at a Starbuck where Flip Vision's founder Jomari Dumalasa is a barista. Although their primary niche is wedding photography and video, I was impressed with their talent and professionalism.  After several conversations we decided to work together to build a repertoire of videos to help promote Lifemoves® Health and Rehabilitation.  

Jomari came several weeks before to discuss a plan, see the facility and figure out his equipment needs which included lighting and a boom. With only a week notice were able to pull together ten enthusiastic clients to assist us with this project. Our concept was to film both activity and testimonials so that we could use the footage for several videos including a main promotional piece.  Flip Vision came early to set-up and reconfirm what type of shots we were looking for.  I found it challenging to articulate my vision and trust it would come out on film, however I gave over the creative reins to Jomari and Neil. We decided to recruit current and past clients for starring roles. Who better to speak about Kinesiology and its benefits than our own clients?

Filming started at 2:00 PM on Sunday February 24th with clients rolling in just before their call times.  Through clients in the film industry I have heard that you can be called to set early but spend hours waiting before your turn; we avoided this by scheduling everyone in 30 minute session times.  The afternoon stretched into the mid-evening with sushi delivered for dinner. Although it was along day the rewards were seeing see clients whom we hadn’t seen in awhile, getting reacquainted with them and hearing how their lives have benefited from Kinesiology sessions at Lifemoves.

With our videos I really want to be able tell stories about what brings our clients to Lifemoves and how we have helped them get moving for life. I expressed to Jomari that it is important for potential clients to really connect with our current clients and feel inspired by them.  Flip Vision Productions didn’t disappoint. On Monday evening I had a draft in my inbox available to show to those who participated for feedback which was phenomenal!  After several rounds of feedback, yesterday we received our second draft which is very close to being finalized for release by March 12th. 

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