Kinesiotherapy, known as KT, is different than occupational or physical therapy.
Kinesiotherapy, known as KT, is different than occupational or physical therapy. It’s a rehab profession that provides therapeutic exercise and holistic interventions to improve well-being and functional abilities. “It’s applying exercise principles adapted to enhance the strength, endurance, and mobility of individuals with physical limitations,” said VASNHS Registered Kinesiotherapist Melissa Hosford.
KT has helped Veterans since World War II. Services at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS) include durable medical equipment like gait and bathroom safety aids. Then, they offer several general outpatient services—strength and conditioning, stair glides, patient lifts, hospital beds, Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) benefit and more.
In addition to cardiopulmonary rehab and wheelchair mobility, two of the popular programs at VASNHS Gerofit and the Amputee Agility Clinic (AAC).
“Gerofit is a great way for Veterans to stay active by using a variety of strength and aerobic exercises, because it promotes health & wellness for Veterans,” said Hosford. “[Then,] AAC focuses on preserving and enhancing mobility in Veterans and others with foot and leg impairments or amputations.”
KT interventions support a wide spectrum of neurologic, orthopedic, medical, surgical, and mental health conditions, including special populations with stroke, spinal cord injuries, brain dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, and geriatric needs.
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