A biokineticist is a medically recognised practitioner who uses specialised physical activities as either a preventative measure to help patients avoid disease or to help rehabilitate patients who are suffering from a disease. A biokineticist can also be thought of as a specialist in exercise therapy and works with general health practitioners and various medications to achieve results.
Biokineticists work to prevent the onset, or heal patients from, neurological abnormalities, metabolic abnormalities, heart disease, physical injuries, and more. When visiting a biokineticist, a patient can expect to undergo a comprehensive medical history evaluation, during which the biokineticist will test their blood pressure and heart rate as well as various elements of their body composition, such as the waist to hip ratio. The biokineticist will then analyse the patient’s ranges of motion to determine how flexible they are and how well their muscles and joints are performing. Tests will also be done to ascertain the patient’s level of cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and core strength.
Sometimes, a biokineticist can provide their patients with cholesterol and glucose tests as well. After analysing the test results, the patient will be provided with a personalised exercise programme and training sessions to teach the patient how to safely and effectively exercise. One-on-one training is a common feature of biokinetics and allows patients to begin healing in a safe and guided environment.
For patients suffering from specific injuries, biokineticists will often conduct special tests to determine whether any underlying muscle weaknesses or conditions may have lead to the patient’s current injury.