The difference between the role of a Biokineticist and the role of a Physiotherapist and when you need to see either one of them.

What is a Biokineticist?

  • A biokineticist is a HPCSA registered practitioner that are an important component of the modern multi-disciplinary medical team
  • They are concerned with the preventative healthcare, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation.
  • A biokineticist is trained in the use of scientifically based exercise and physical activity programmes to assist patients with:
  • Improving physical well-being & quality of life, lower their risk of developing chronic diseases, improving sport and athletic performance and lastly recovering after injury, surgery or illness.

What is a Physiotherapist?

  • Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with the scientific use of movement and exercise to improve healing and restore function
  • Manual therapy including mobilization, manipulation, massage and neurodynamics are used in conjunction with electrotherapy, dry needling, taping and rehabilitation to promote optimal pain free mobility.
  • Physiotherapy facilitates normal physiological processes, manages pain, prevent diseases, restore movement and function.

When should you refer patients to a Biokineticist?

  • Suffer from chronic diseases such as: Heart disease, Hypertension, Arthritis or Diabetes
  • Suffer from an orthopedic condition that prevent them from optimizing their quality of life
  • Had surgery and finding it difficult to fully recover
  • Suffered an injury which continues to hamper their ability to function optimally
  • Recurring sport injury
  • Require exercise as part of a weight management programme
  • Improve general physical abilities through exercise