What is a Biokinetics and what does a Biokineticist do?
- Biokineticists are human- movement specialists who prescribe exercise routines either as a preventative health measure or to correct a health problem such as a sports injury or recovery from disease, operation or illness.
- Biokinetics focus on orthopaedic rehabilitation (strengthening of muscles to protect joints during both sport and activities of daily living), chronic disease management (cardiovascular, diabetes, arthritis etc exercise) and total wellness (lifestyle and stress management).
- Biokinetics provides natural, drugless, nonsurgical health treatments and rehabilitation, and relies on the body's inherent recuperative abilities. Biokinetic services are available to people of all ages, gender and nationality.
- Like other health practitioners, biokineticists follow a standard routine to secure the information needed for assessment and treatment. They take the patient's medical history into account, conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations, and may request a test or diagnosis from a specialist or general practitioner.
- Proficiency as a biokineticist requires a knowledge base that includes the fields on anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biology and psychology.
- Biokineticists need an Honours degree from a recognized University to practice and are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, therefore sessions can be claimed back from your medical aid.
Biokinetics form part of a multi-disiplinary task team working hand in hand with Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Neuro-Surgeons, Cardiologists, Gynaecologists, Dieticians and various other health professionals.