With the National Health Service doing remarkable work under ever increasing pressure, suffering on one side from the perpetual issue of funding and resources, and on the other side it is being battered by the cost of wrong lifestyle choices, with obesity, diabetes and related illnesses at an all-time high.

The effective treatment and prevention of illness by qualified healthcare individuals has never been more important in modern society than it is now.

It takes numerous branches of care and medicine to cater to today’s health requirements and one of these is something you might not know much about, but it can have has massive impact and importance. Biokinetics.

What is Biokinetics and how does it fit into the picture?

To get to the answer we must take a close look at what Biokinetics is. Biokinetics derives from the terms Bios + Kinesis = Life + Movement…Life Through Movement.

A Biokineticist is a clinical exercise consultant who studied for five years which includes an internship before they qualify. 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.

And now for a question I am asked almost everyday…

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
  • Health Management
  • Maintenance and enhancement of physical abilities and performance
  • Orthopaedics
  • Clinical Management
  • Total well-being
  • Functional Movement

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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, from a public health perspective, the prevention or treatment is utterly vital and biokinetcs can be the answer. A health audit in Australia earlier this year found that every $1 spent on a Biokineticist (called Clinical Exercise Specialist) saved around $10.

That figure speaks for itself. Prevention of diseases and conditions caused by reduced activity should be a priority. A tenfold benefit is a good return on investment in any walk of life, but when it comes to matters of health, it is crucial and could save the NHS billions of pounds.

A Biokineticist functions as part of the Allied Health and Medicine Group as recognised by the Health Professions Council of SA.

The scope of a Biokineticist

Is a health professional who, through health promotion and wellness, creates a better quality of life for people they work with.

Improves a person’s physical well-being and 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 multiciliary environment with other health professionals to ensure optimal health outcomes for their patients.

Maximises employment productivity and economic stability by promoting quality of life and individual independence through bespoke programmes specific to the individual and their environment.

To contact a biokineticist near you please contact me and I will put you in touch.

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