In today’s society, the effective prevention and/or treatment of illness, diseases and injuries has become increasingly important. It takes numerous branches in the healthcare industry to cater to today’s health requirements; with one of these playing a particularly important role yet at the same time receiving little to no recognition: Biokinetics.
What is Biokinetics and how does it fit into the picture?
The term Biokinetics is derived from the words Bios + Kinesis = Life + Movement, thus Life Through Movement.
A Biokineticist is a clinical exercise consultant who studied for five years, which includes an internship year, before he/she is qualified. Their qualification is in the science of movement and the application of exercise in the rehabilitation of orthopaedic, chronic conditions and the promotion of health by implementing scientifically-based physical activity-based programme prescription.
What does a Biokineticist actually do?
It is perhaps easiest to provide a simple list of the areas Biokineticists work in:
- Preventative Medicine
- Physical Activity as medicine (cardiac rehabilitation & special populations such as pregnant ladies, elderly, stroke & brain injuries, disabled persons, etc)
- Health Management (including weight loss & chronic disease management)
- Maintenance and enhancement of physical abilities and performance (including high performance training)
- Orthopaedics (pre and post-operative rehabilitation)
- Clinical Management
- Total well-being
- Functional Movement (including muscle imbalance and postural correction)
- Corporate wellness
As human beings we need to move. It affects our mental well-being, health, work capacity, quality of life, learning ability and many other aspects. Many chronic and disabling diseases are linked to a lack of physical activity, thus the prevention or treatment is utterly vital – and this is where Biokinetics plays a big part.
Prevention of diseases and conditions caused by reduced activity should be a priority, not just as a way to save money in the public healthcare sector, but more importantly to encourage improved quality of life for the entire population.
A Biokineticist functions a part of the Allied Health and Medicine Group as recognised by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA).
The scope of a Biokineticist:
- Is a health professionalwho, through health promotion and wellness, creates a better quality of life for people they work with.
- Improves a person’s physical well-beingand quality of life through individualised scientific assessment and the prescription of exercise in rehabilitative treatment to prevent or intervene with certain ailments and the enhancement of performance (sport and work).
- Evaluates & Measures:body posture, body composition, blood pressure, glucose levels, lung function, heart rate, fitness, muscle strength, endurance, power, flexibility and other health screenings.
- Works within a multidisciplinary environmentwith other health professionals to ensure optimal health outcomes for their patients.
- Maximises employment productivityand economic stability by promoting quality of life and individual independence through bespoke programmes specific to the individual and their environment.
Do you need to see a Biokineticist?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below, you would greatly benefit from speaking to a Biokineticist to assist you on your health & fitness journey:
- How can I gym safely with my past injuries?
- Have I been told to see someone to help with my condition?
- Have I had an injury or pain while exercising?
- Do I need a scientifically proven routine to help improve not only my fitness but my health and lifestyle?
Now that you know exactly what we can do for you, be sure to get in touch with one of our qualified Biokineticists.
(072 328 3663 / [email protected])
Van Der Walt, H. 2018. Biokinetics – a new paradigm in health & fitness. WatchFit. Available online at < http://watchfit.com/exercise/biokinetics-new-paradigm-health-fitness/> Retrieved: 25/05/2018.