THE BIO PROCESS
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT ONCE YOU'VE SEEN A BIOKINETICIST?
Patients are required to produce referral letters, as well as any imagery reports i.e. MRI, X-ray or CT scans.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Medical aid details, should the patient be claiming.
The Biokineticist will begin by checking the relevant history of the
mechanism of injury or trauma and from there, assess the following
Static posture analysis.
Identifying muscle tightness.
Assessing joint irritability through specific tests.
Joint range of motion.
Manual muscle strength of specific muscles.
Functional test for baseline record keeping.
The Biokineticist will then discuss findings and direction of rehabilitation according to the type of injury and healing required specific to the trauma. The Biokineticist will provide details concerning protocols of how the plan will be implemented and will also begin with one or two foundation exercises dependent on findings.
Rehab protocols may extend from 8 to 12 weeks into general conditioning and maintenance, depending on the severity of the injury and the required time it would take for tissues to heal and restore.
WHY IS BIOKINETIC TREATMENT A PROCESS?
There are four phases of rehabilitation required for full restoration and the healing of injuries;
Phase 1: This is the sensitive phase where patients undergo extensive education regarding their injury. They will need to learn what correct movement is and how to specifically engage the correct muscles at the correct time.
Phase 2: Strength and endurance phase. The patient is able to understand what correct movement is, how to correct themselves, control their movements within isolation and in integrated patterns, can exercise without the Biokineticist having to provide “cues” of correction.
Phase 3: The patient becomes functional, with the combined upper body, core, and lower body movements, linking the kinetic chain. This phase is where we address eccentric strength, explosiveness, and power.
Phase 4: Sport-specific drills and return to sport. The Biokineticist will communicate phase goals and manage the process of phase progression.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IN YOUR FIRST SESSION?
You will begin with 4-8 one-on-one sessions, whereby the following tools will be
How to address muscle tightness.
How to stretch correctly.
How to activate correct abdominal musculature.
Restoring poor movement habits.
Re-learn correct posture in sitting, standing and in various movement patterns.
Restoring isolated strength.
Grow in understanding what muscles to feel and when.
Remember, just like learning a new and healthy habit, this is a process for your central nervous system to recognize and develop as an actual new behaviour. It requires repetition and practice.
Once the patient has achieved phase one of one-on-one sessions, we will commence with clinic rehabilitation, whereby patients will continue with their individualized program but join other patients who are also rehabilitating within their own plan.
This is an amazing and exciting phase!
Once the patient is able to understand what correct movement is, how to correct themselves, control their movements within isolation and in integrated patterns, exercise without the Biokineticist having to provide “cues” of correction, and has achieved endpoints for phase one, we will enter into clinic sessions.
Here the patient will continue on his / her specialized program within a clinic of 1 to 4 patients, entering into the strength and endurance phase of rehabilitation.
The patient will continue in a clinic as directed and managed by the Biokineticist until he or she has achieved endpoints for phase 3, and is ready for discharge. If the patient is an athlete, they will complete phase 4 (sport-specific skills).
Practice heart and vision:
Within the scope of Biokinetics, to create a safe and joyful space for restoration and healing of injuries and trauma, through scientific individualized exercise prescription.
To restore healthy efficiency, leading to the restoration of quality of life.
Building relationships as well as become a joyous space for lives to transform, change, uplift, encourage and heal through the phases of Bio and the freedom of moving.
The fruit and effects of Bio will extend beyond physiological improvement. The goodness of the process will overflow into all areas of the patient’s life.
OUR FUTURE PLANS;
We will be looking at enhancing the quality of our practice by introducing more objective feedback testing
machines, so you as the patient can visibly see the improvement through electro-muscular graph readings.
This will also enable us to report back in greater detail to doctors regarding your improvement.
We would like to make a national and international impact in rehabilitation, building trust relationships with
all healthcare professionals and patients as we extend our services into; school development programs, the
hotel industry, the corporate sector, retirement homes, and community upliftment projects. We are upgrading
our objective feedback requirements by introducing EMG recordings. An electromyogram (EMG)
measures the electrical activity of muscles both when they're at rest and being used, helping us to
scientifically calculate readings and provide clinical feedback regarding strength improvement in rehab.