Now that we’ve defined Biokinetics as a profession (read the article in our Spring Edition), let’s take a deep dive into what you should expect when visiting a Biokineticist.
You’ll start with an initial consultation, during which you and your Bio will have a conversation where he or she will seek to understand the current circumstances associated with your visit.
From the understanding and insight gained, your Bio will formulate and recommend a rehabilitation plan that they will guide you through in order to improve your condition.
THE REHABILITATION PROCESS
Biokineticists use exercise as a form of medication. Think of your rehabilitation plan as a doctor’s script. Certain exercises that are administered in the correct dosage over the correct time-period will heal the ailment if followed diligently and consistently.
Chances are that pain or discomfort brought you to see a Biokineticist, and it is a certainty that there will be pain and discomfort in your healing process...until there isn’t. Because if you stick it out, you WILL see improvements, you will start to feel better, stronger and more capable, and the pain that brought you to Biokinetics won’t be affecting you as severely anymore. You will start to enjoy the celebration of movement and that is worth the temporary pain and discomfort during your sessions.
If you pay attention during your sessions, you will learn a new skillset - how to manage your body and the lifestyle habits that need to be adopted to avoid future injury.
Here’s a few tips on how to get the best out of Bio:
Wear the correct clothing. Choose activewear or any comfortable clothing which you are prepared to sweat in. Try not to wear excessively baggy clothing, especially during your initial - this will make postural and gait analysis challenging.
Get curious, ask your Bio questions!
You are paying for their time, and most passionate Bios really enjoy digging into the nitty-gritty details with their patients - not only is it a great way to build a relationship with your therapist but it’s a way to gain a clearer understanding of how and why you are doing things to get you more invested in your progress.
WORK WITH YOUR BIO TO FORMULATE A GAME PLAN AND STICK TO IT!
Yes, life does get in the way - but it’s a strong likelihood that you’ve allowed that excuse to become a barrier to entry far too long.
Schedule your sessions for a time that you have little chance of being interrupted.
Chat to your Bio about affordability. Some medical aid schemes cover Biokinetics services, others don’t. Get clear on the financial implications from the start. Your Bio will be able to find a solution that suits your budget.
BE REALISTIC WITH YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND PATIENT WITH YOUR PROGRESS.
Confidence is a huge part of the physical rehabilitation process, if you can exercise your plan diligently, your progress and your confidence in your ability to move will continue to improve.
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