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How Kinetic Bridging was developed

Initially the work with children revolved around coordination. Over time, specific correlations were observed linking neuromuscular function to cognitive and sensory functions. These common threads led to understanding how neuromuscular stability played a pivotal role among all of these pieces.” The Kinetic Konnections® program was born which uses Kinetic Bridging to obtain results.

An electrical engineer who holds degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University, Cara Lindell started her strength training business in 2002. The initial years were challenging, yet insightful as the business co-existed with the needs of her son, Daniel who was concurrently diagnosed with Leukemia. Cara became certified as a personal trainer and worked with clients around her son’s chemotherapy schedule.

Her initial clients included women in their 50s who had recent diagnoses of osteoporosis. Her engineering background kicked in as she began exploring the science of bone density, balance and strength, which led to a special focus on coordination. She began working with clients on a new level blending kinesiology, biomechanical principles and neuroscience to effect meaningful and sustainable changes in strength, stability and coordination.

At the same time Lindell’s work started yielding amazing results for her adult clients, an interest arose in applying the same coordination concepts to children - children who had trouble focusing in school, interacting socially or who had chronic fatigue. Historically these types of coordination gaps these children have been thought to correlate to school performance. The parents often did not believe in drugs to mask to root issues but they had limited alternatives—alternatives involving great commitments of time and money.

The early work with children revolved around exercises and coordination. Over time, specific correlations where observed linking neuromuscular function to cognitive and sensory functions. These common threads led to understanding how neuromuscular stability played a pivotal role among all of these pieces. The Kinetic Konnections® program was born.

Other professionals are quick to look at how people move, but no one really pays much attention to stability. Stability is like the structural frame to a house; it’s not seen but is very important. High performance cars are some of the most stable vehicles, because in order to function at high levels, there needs to be a highly stable system with fine control and quick response. Humans work the same way.

Concurrently Lindell’s son’s cancer went into remission. Her son was a different boy after three years of chemotherapy; Cara knew what she was doing helped other kids, so she started Daniel on the same exercises. After his extensive chemotherapy treatments her son lost 30 points off of his IQ score and now struggled academically and socially. It was the evolving work with her son that led to the basis for Kinetic Bridging™ which Lindell formulated in 2007.

She discovered that the Kinetic Bridging micro-isometric exercises stimulated brain-body connections in unique, fast and lasting ways. Not only did coordination change from improvements in stability, there were profound changes in sensory processing and cognitive skills. Parents were reporting changes in spelling, reading, math, visual processing, attention, social skills and self-confidence.

Distinctive patterns were emerging and in the summer of 2009 Lindell realized optimal changes by following infant developmental sequences to identify and connect the neuromuscular stabilization patterns in the manner they are created from birth. Not only were these patterns necessary at all ages, the body built patterns on its own when the stabilization patterns were developed in this sequence.

The Kinetic Bridging method continues to evolve and it is now being taught to other health practitioners and parents.

 






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