FAQ

What is a biokineticist and when should I see one?

A biokineticist is an allied health professional that takes a conservative approach to therapy, we make use of exercise/movement as our modality of treatment.

We work in the same sphere as physiotherapists and chiropractors and form part of the final phase of rehabilitation; returning to movement following an injury/illness/procedure.

You should see a biokineticist if:

  • you have an injury acute or chronic **hyperlink to “what’s the difference between an acute and a chronic injury” FAQ.
  • you are unfit and suffering with joint pain, limited mobility and diminished ability to perform regular activities of daily living.
  • you are a child with developmental issues/delays; physical and neuromuscular **hyperlink to “how can children benefit from biokinetics?
  • you have a chronic disease such as diabetes/heart disease and want to improve your quality of life.
What's the difference between an acute and chronic injury?

An acute injury is something that happens to you suddenly eg. you break your shoulder in a car accident, you tear a muscle falling down the stairs, you sprain your ankle playing lawn cricket with your children.

 

It is sharp and immediately affects your ability to move. With acute injuries you may need to see a physiotherapist or medical doctor first depending on the severity of the injury **(hyperlink to when should I see a physiotherapist instead?).

 

A chronic injury is a limitation, pain, or irritation that has been present for more than 3 months. It flares up and goes away (depending on activities of daily living) and affects your ability to move on varying degrees of severity eg. You experience recurring neck pain (sometimes debilitating), you suffer from headaches regularly, and you have a familiar pain/niggle every time you go running.

How can children benefit from seeing a biokineticist?

Children in their developmental phases can benefit from seeing a biokineticist whether they are presenting with injury or not. We can assist with all movement-related issues ranging from postural issues, birth defects/limitations, developmental delays in neuromuscular coordination and development of motor skills.

 

Children who are non-sporty/overweight can benefit from seeing a biokineticist to encourage interest in movement/exercise.

 

It is sharp and immediately affects your ability to move. With acute injuries you may need to see a physiotherapist or medical doctor first depending on the severity of the injury **(hyperlink to when should I see a physiotherapist instead?).

 

A chronic injury is a limitation, pain, or irritation that has been present for more than 3 months. It flares up and goes away (depending on activities of daily living) and affects your ability to move on varying degrees of severity eg. You experience recurring neck pain (sometimes debilitating), you suffer from headaches regularly, and you have a familiar pain/niggle every time you go running.

When should I see a physiotherapist instead?

Physiotherapists are allied health professionals whose work is to rehabilitate patients. They are however involved in the first phase of rehab as opposed to bio’s who form part of the final phase(s).

If you have an injury that is still VERY painful, red, or swollen, you should see a physiotherapist instead of a biokineticist.

How many sessions will I require?

The number of sessions required is completely dependent on the nature of your injury/ailment.

Once you have completed the initial assessment  your biokineticist will discuss a treatment plan with you taking into consideration your condition, available time and financial circumstances.

What does the initial assessment entail and why does it cost more than regular sessions?

During the Initial Assessment the biokineticist will look to gain an in-depth understanding of your condition / ailment /concern. It is slightly longer than normal sessions (+/- 1 hour). During the session the bio will look to gather as much information about you as possible, they will perform basic and case-related tests as well as recommend a treatment plan. It is helpful to bring along any documents / scans / x-rays from referring practitioners.

How much do the sessions cost?

You can download our rate card here 

How long are the sessions?

Session times range from 30 minutes – 1 hr, depending on your condition, fitness level, frequency of sessions, time availability and treatment plan discussed with your therapist.

What should I wear to my appointment?

We recommend wearing comfortable active wear that allows you to move unrestricted and that you are prepared to sweat in.

Try and avoid wearing excessively baggy clothing (especially during your initial assessment) as it will make it difficult for the bio to analyze your posture and form.

Does medical aid cover the cost of my sessions?

We are affiliated with most major medical aid providers and can provide you with a statement to claim back for your expenses, however, we operate as a cash practice and require that you settle any outstanding amounts. (We will provide you with a zero statement to claim back from  your provider). We DO NOT liaise with medical aid providers directly.

What payment methods do you accept?
You can make payments by card, cash, zapper or EFT.

Banking details:
SA Biokineticists
FNB 250102
62784573282
250 655

What if I am not injured but I would like to train with a biokineticist?

Many patients who have come in requiring rehabilitation for specific injuries/conditions have become long-term clients because they enjoy the approach to exercise taken by our bio’s.

If you would like to continue training with a bio long term, you may consider joining a group class or joining SA BIO ONLINE; 

Do you do fitness assessments?

We are affiliated to conduct fitness assessments for Discovery Vitality and Momentum Multiply.

If you are not affiliated with either of these medical aid providers, we are able to facilitate general fitness assessments as well as occupation specific fitness/readiness assessments. Please contact us for more information

Do you do wellness days?

Yes we do. We are able to supply biokinetics staff as well as affiliated health services, nursing staff etc. at wellness days.

We are able to help you plan a wellness day for your corporate/school/gym etc. however we require a minimum of 10 fitness assessments and will only supply nursing staff for 15+ health assessments.

Please contact us for more information

What do you study to become a biokineticist?

Qualification criteria differ from university to university but the basic qualification is a 3 year sports science undergraduate degree with 1 year postgraduate honors degree + 1 year internship.

When can I stop rehabilitation/exercise?

Never. Our bodies were designed to move, movement is key to living a long (relatively) pain-free life. If you want to remain pain-free you should continue exercising even when your rehabilitation from an injury is complete.