• Biokinetics – its role in health and physical maintenance, and final phase rehabilitation

    Biokinetics – its role in health and physical maintenance, and final phase rehabilitation

    According to the World Health Organization, lack of physical activity is the cause of approximately 17% of reported cases of heart disease and diabetes. More doctors are thus leaning towards exercise as a method of treatment, and this has led to the growth of Biokinetics as a profession.

    Biokinetics is the medical profession – recognized by the Health Professions Council of South Africa – that is concerned with health promotion, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation. Biokinetics is not only prescribed for individuals with chronic conditions, but also for individuals with orthopaedic conditions needing final phase treatment, athletes that want to improve sport performance, and for the general population seeking to improve well-being through physical activity.

    In 2006, the Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council published data showing that chronic diseases of lifestyle account for 52% of deaths in the South African population. The chronic diseases most commonly cited are diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, coronary artery disease, pulmonary disease, obesity and osteoporosis. According to the World Health Organization, lack of physical activity is the cause of approximately 17% of reported cases of heart disease and diabetes. More doctors are thus leaning towards exercise as a method of treatment, and this has led to the growth of Biokinetics as a profession.

    Biokinetics is the medical profession – recognized by the Health Professions Council of South Africa – that is concerned with health promotion, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation. Biokinetics is not only prescribed for individuals with chronic conditions, but also for individuals with orthopedic conditions needing final phase treatment, athletes that want to improve sport performance, and for the general population seeking to improve wellbeing through physical activity.

    There are numerous benefits to exercise. For example, regular exercise has been shown to improve brain function, sleep patterns, enhance immune system and lower the risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Recent scientific research also suggests that people who exercise are less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.

    What makes Biokinetics unique is that the prescribed exercise programmes are individually designed and scientifically based, with exercise sessions closely monitored. Not everyone benefits equally from exercise, and because individuals are unique in their requirements and response to exercise, exercise programmes are
    regularly updated to ensure safety, continuous improvement and quality management to meet individual needs.

    It is evident from the ever-increasing importance of exercise as rehabilitation – and new research indicating that regular physical activity can positively address the chronic diseases of lifestyle – that there is clear growth in the market potential of Biokineticists.

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