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Kerstin Almenara

CMS Team Member

Identifying the importance of movement to her profession, educator and clinician, Kerstin says, ‘I believe all therapists observe movement intuitively; however Kinetic Control provides therapists with the framework to objectify the observed movement, to deeply consider the cause of the presentation and to steer re-training interventions.’ In addition to being a Kinetic Control tutor, Kerstin is a staff physiotherapist at a large orthopaedic centre in Berlin, Germany, offering physiotherapy and athletic training. She sees private clients and works with Ballet dancers and acrobats at the Friedrichstadtpalast.

Kerstin’s journey began after moving from Germany to the Netherlands for her Physiotherapy BSc; which led her to be invited to work in the US. Fascinated with brain research, motor control and retraining and orthopaedics alike, she started her career in ‘Inpatient Rehabilitation’. Due to her combined passion for sport and the arts, she switched to a sports Physical Therapy Practice in New York, to help clients return to the activity they loved; basketball, ballet or music. This opportunity supplied her with the chance to train with some of the best in the profession from around the globe in orthopaedics and dance rehabilitation, including Manual Therapy by Dr Paris, (previously president of the IFOMPT). This stage of development also saw her complete ‘Doctor of Physical Therapy’ degree.

While initially placing great emphasis on Manual Therapy and the pathoanatomical model („like Dr House“), she used her background in neuroscience and motor control to study a variety of movement therapies, to better understand movement and the most effective way to teach patients. At this point, Kerstin discovered the Kinetic Control system at a NY dance rehabilitation seminar. She says, ‘I found it to be the missing link to movement analysis and retraining.’

Kerstin’s journey took her via Asia back to Europe where she wanted to help improve the standing of physiotherapists in the medical community, help promote the importance of movement as diagnostic framework and therapy tool, and to expand their role in preventative medicine; She wanted to assist physios in achieving excellence as ‘Movement Therapists’. The Kinetic Control education route is helping Kerstin achieve this goal.

Kinetic Control gives physiotherapists the chance of becoming true 'Specialists of the Movement System'. This is the message I want to share.