What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function. Kinesiology incorporates the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience into an all-encompassing healthcare practice. Kinesiologists use the latest evidence-based research to treat and prevent injury and disease, and to improve movement and performance. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages and physical abilities in many settings to help them achieve their health and wellness goals, and improve quality of life. Some areas of kinesiology practice include:

  • health promotion
  • injury rehabilitation
  • pain and chronic disease management
  • ergonomics and workplace safety
  • fitness training and athletics
  • return to work planning and disability management
  • public health

What can I expect if I am being treated by a kinesiologist?
When you see a kinesiologist, you can expect the kinesiologist to do some or all of the following:

  • Take a complete health history and find out your goals or objectives.
  • Conduct an assessment. The assessments differ according to the reason why you are seeing a kinesiologist. Some typical assessments may include strength and flexibility testing, cardiovascular testing, gait assessment, cognitive psychometric evaluation or a physical demands analysis.
  • Discuss the findings of the assessment with you.
  • Propose a personalized treatment plan that will meet your goals or objectives.
  • Obtain consent for the treatment plan as well as for fees and method of billing.
  • Regularly measure your progress and make adjustments to the treatment as needed.
  • Provide advice and education regarding your health.
  • Keep a record of the care provided and ensure your personal health information is kept secure and confidential.
  • Collaborate with other health professionals as appropriate.

Treatment by kinesiologists is often hands-on. A kinesiologist may need to touch or feel different body parts or ask questions of a personal nature to fully understand your condition or injury.

When this occurs as part of assessment or treatment, the kinesiologist will:

  • tell you what he or she is going to do before proceeding and ask permission.
  • explain the need to touch or to ask certain questions.

These treatments could involve manual therapy, exercise instruction and a series of other modalities, such as electro-physical modalities (e.g. heat, ice, ultrasound and laser). Some treatment may cause a certain level of pain and/or discomfort that may be normal; however, the treatment can be stopped at any time should it become too uncomfortable.

During the course of treatment, your kinesiologist is expected to act professionally and to provide care that is in your best interests. Good communication between you and your kinesiologist is important in the professional relationship. Make sure you ask questions and voice any opinions or concerns.

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