Kinesiology services at DMARehability are provided by registered Kinesiologists who have extensive experience in the rehabilitation of individuals who have sustained trauma as a result of a motor vehicle collision, workplace injury or fall. They often work under the supervision of a primary health care professional such as Physiotherapist or Occupational Therapists. Following an assessment by one of these professionals the Kinesiologist may assist in the delivery of a treatment program focusing on joint range of motion, strength, coordination, motor control, posture, gait, balance and functional mobility.

Functional Abilities Evaluation – KEY

With these systems DMARehability has the capability of providing:

  • 1 and 2 day in-clinic assessment
  • 1 and 2 day in-home assessment
  • Baseline assessment
  • Injury specific assessment (i.e. upper extremity)
  • Job match assessment
  • Return to work assessment with recommendations

KEY: The KEY Method FCE is an objective and legally defensible protocol for evaluating people's safe capabilities. When administered by our certified therapists, an FCE can meet the needs of clients, physicians, insurance carriers, employers and lawyers in determining work potential or determining safe activity tolerances. To provide confidence that the assessment results paint a true picture of the client's safe capabilities, each KEY assessment includes a Validity Index indicating the extent of the person's participation. For convenience, the KEY Method FCE equipment is mobile, allowing our therapists to conduct the assessment across Southwestern Ontario in our clinics, employer worksites or at clients' homes.

Job Site Analysis

The goal is to objectively assess and measure the tasks, physical demands and skills necessary for job performance. Among the tools frequently utilized to objectively measure physical demands is the Chatillon push/pull gauge, JAMAR dynamometer and weigh scales. These tools are calibrated regularly to ensure accuracy. A PDA identifies and describes the physical movements involved in performing the duties of a job.

Exercise Programming

This service is either home based or gym based. One-on-one programs are developed with primary goals that include: increasing/maintaining abilities, returning a client to pre- injury status and/ or creating independence. Abilities and progressions are carefully monitored through period evaluations and detailed reporting. Programs focus on range of motion, strength and functional tolerance improvements with ongoing comparison to pre-injury abilities, if necessary.

Return to Work Programming

As individuals are ready to return to work, DMARehability can assist you in the implementation of early and safe return to works and the determination of suitable positions, accommodations, and Transitional Work Programs. Continued assessment of goals and accountability of all parties involved is monitored to ensure intervention is progressive. Timely involvement is essential to maintaining the social standing of the employee and minimizing injury related impact and costs.

Job Coaching

At DMARehability our trained and experienced job coaches are instrumental in providing one to one support for individuals returning to work when barriers have been identified. Taking direction from a treating therapist the job coach will provide cues for any physical, cognitive or emotional strategy that has been determined. They will document productivity levels and acknowledge and support gains being achieved.

Ergonomic Assessment

Ergonomics is the multidisciplinary scientific study of the relationship between man and the work environment. The aim of ergonomics is to create an effective workplace and to help prevent work-related health problems through proper workstation and job design. The workplace contains the tools, equipment and workstations required to perform a job. Problems arise when workers have to adapt to poor workplace and job design. The science of ergonomics involves designing the tasks to accommodate the worker rather than having the worker make adjustments to complete the task.