What is Biokinetics?
BIO = LIFE and KINETICS = MOVEMENT
Biokinetics therefore refer to life through movement.
Biokineticists are clinical exercise specialists with a four year post-graduate Honours degree who use scientifically based exercise programs in preventative medicine, final phase rehabilitation and performance enhancement. The essence of Biokinetics is the use of exercise as a medicine.
The role of the Biokineticist is to function within a professional alliance to health and medicine. Biokineticists are recognised by and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
We as humans have a tendency to be complacent and to trust that the status quo will remain. “I am fine today therefore I will be fine tomorrow.” When it comes to health, physical ability and performance there are no guarantees however. Any of the above can and will be diminished over time or completely lost due to heredity, disease, injury or aging. Such a change may occur gradually over time or traumatically in the blink of an eye. The loss of movement whether partial or complete will have an immediate and real effect on an individual’s quality of life, independence, social interactions and mental state.
Physical activity works like an accelerator in the body and helps to improve and better different systems in the body – better blood flow and therefore better distribution of oxygen and nutrients as well as transport of hormones. It improves cellular function. With the technological advances of the 21st century people are becoming more and more sedentary. There was a time when people got enough physical exercise through their activities of daily living including their jobs. The dangers of being sedentary are well researched and very real. Poor lifestyle habits including being sedentary, poor nutrition and smoking can lead to diseases commonly known as non-communicable diseases. These are chronic medical conditions which are non-infectious such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers and depression. The most common of these are usually preceded by unhealthy behaviours. Most of these risk factors are considered modifiable through changes in behaviour. The most important changes you can make in order to improve your risk profile are a healthy diet, participating in regular physical activity, not using tobacco and using alcohol in moderation.
Being sedentary will also lead to obesity, muscle atrophy and a loss of bone density. Connective tissue like the tendons and ligaments lose strength and elasticity.
If you plan to embark on a journey of movement and exercise the best partner you can have is your Biokineticist, be it for prevention, functional movement, final phase rehabilitation before returning to your sport or work, maintenance of your physical abilities, performance, health or total wellbeing.
We as Biokineticists make use of individualised scientific assessment methods and the prescription of individualised exercise programs based on our assessments to effect lasting and in some instances permanent changes. When it comes to exercising correctly and obtaining the best results while at the same time staying safe your Biokineticist is uniquely placed in the South African market with a very relevant skill set. My personal aim as a Biokineticist is to determine the cause of a problem or movement pattern and to then address the problem. I do not believe in only treating symptoms. If you do not address the cause the problem will keep on re-occurring.
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