Biokinetics is a medically recognised profession concerned with the promotion of health, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation; by means of scientifically-based physical activity programme prescription. The word Biokinetics is the combination of 2 Greek words “Bios” meaning ‘course of human life’ and “Kinetics” meaning ‘to move’. Put together, Biokinetics means Life through Movement. A Biokineticist’s primary function is to improve an individual’s quality of life through exercise and movement.
What does a Biokineticist do?
Biokineticists are healthcare professionals who have studied for 5 years at University and completed an internship to obtain their qualification. They are also registered members of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). A biokineticist is trained to evaluate and measure body posture, body composition, heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels, lung function, physical fitness, muscle strength, endurance, power, flexibility and related health screenings. Biokinetic practitioners often work alongside other allied health and medical professionals, for example your physiotherapists and chiropractors.
How does Biokinetic services fit into health care?
Biokineticists are important members of the medical team involved in your rehabilitation. They are experts in prescribing scientifically-based exercise programmes, individually tailored to meet your specific needs and assist with your condition. Through regular health-risk screenings, a biokineticist may even help to reduce your risk of developing silent degenerative clinical conditions such as heart disease. Regardless of one’s age, there is strong scientific evidence showing that being physically active can help people lead healthier and happier lives. Research has shown that people who do regular physical activity have a lower risk of developing chronic degenerative conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.
When would one consult a Biokineticist?
- If you suffer from a chronic disease such as heart disease, hypertension, arthritis or diabetes
- If you suffer from an orthopaedic condition that is preventing you from optimising your quality of life
- If you have been affected by a neurological condition, such as parkinsons, MS, Stroke to mention a few
- If you have had surgery and are finding it difficult to fully recover
- If you have suffered from an injury which continues to hamper your ability to function optimally
- If you have recurring sports injuries
- If you require exercise as part of a weight-management program
- If you are sedentary and need to increase your physical fitness levels
- If you need to improve your general physical abilities through exercise
Biokineticists, as mentioned earlier, are all allied medical professionals registered with the HPCSA, which means that most medical aids will cover the costs of your consultation and treatment.
To find a Biokineticist in your area, you can look on the BASA (Biokinetics Association of South Africa) website www.biokineticssa.org.za or CONTACT US at Fish & Field Biokineticists to book a consultation.
- Biokinetics SA pamphlet