What is Biokinetics?

Biokinetics enhances life through rehabilitative movement designed specifically for each individual's needs.

It consists of one-on-one exercise programme prescription, aimed at the following areas of treatment:


Orthopaedic Injury Treatment

 

Joint pain is often caused by incorrect biomechanics due to muscle imbalances. These imbalances cause abnormal and dysfunctional movements, which result in pain and weakness.

Biokinetics uses corrective exercises to address the imbalances, thereby minimising the discrepancies and allowing more desirable movement patterns. This results in less strain on the joints and muscles, and therefore a decrease in the associated pain.

Faulty alignment causes undue stress and strain on bone, joints, ligaments and muscles. Pain resulting from faulty posture is due to the cumulative effects of constant or repeated small stresses over a long period of time, or sudden severe stress.

Biokinetics uses exercise to address these imbalances and therefore reduce pain, and strain on joints. Sometimes Biokinetics is used as a conservative treatment if surgery is not needed, or can be used for pre-operative and post-operative rehabilitation.


Cardiac Rehabilitation

 

Cardiac rehabilitation uses supervised exercise prescription and monitoring to assist in improving patient’s recovery from the consequences of cardiac events. Regular supervised exercise aims at reducing the risk of further cardiac events as well as reverse further progression of cardiovascular disease. Conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity can be controlled and stabilised through specific exercise interventions.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa: “Up to 80% of heart disease and stroke could be prevented by setting up healthy habits for life with a good diet, exercise and avoiding smoking” and “About 33 people per day die of a heart attack, while about 60 die per day because of stroke


Management of Chronic Diseases

 

Exercise intervention assists in managing many chronic diseases such as cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoporosis and neuromuscular disorders like multiple sclerosis, spinal cord disabilities and Parkinson’s disease. 

These diseases might not be curable at present, but exercise can help relieve symptoms of pain, stiffness and weakness. Emotional stress caused by suffering from chronic diseases may also be lessened due to physical activity and fitness.


Health Promotion & Wellness

Through screening of apparently healthy individuals a biokineticist can assist the general population to understand their own physical needs, and recommend appropriate exercise programmes that lead to desired levels of health and fitness.