THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHYSIO AND BIOKINETICS
A biokineticist is a specialised exercise therapist who works alongside allied health and medical practitioners and is recognised by and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
We aim to improve a person’s quality of life through individualised assessment and exercise prescription in both clinical pathology (acute and chronic) and performance enhancement.
Biokinetics is concerned with the rehabilitation of injury or diseases. We use exercise to balance muscle strengths, weaknesses, lengths and tightness around joints.
Physiotherapy is also concerned with rehabilitation but involves far more “hands on” work.
For example, let’s look at a sprained ankle during soccer.
The initial treatment with physiotherapist would asses the extent of the injury, control pain and swelling, restore normal movement around the joint and initiate rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation would then be continued with a biokineticist who would assess the ankle for problem areas and prescribe an exercise program to address these issues. This prevents injury reoccurrence or different injuries due to compensation for the injury.