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