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Due to the lack of physical activity in modern day lifestyle, numerous health risks have emerged. This inactivity has caused deterioration of the body’s physical function, which has resulted in many more cases of premature death or poor quality of life due to the onset of hypokinetic disease.

As a result of this phenomenon the need for a biokinetic service arose. Biokinetics is a medically recognized professional discipline, applying scientifically based physical activity, to either help prevent disease or to do final phase rehabilitation following the onset of disease. A Biokineticists can be thought of as a specialised exercise therapist that functions in professional alliance to health and medicine. The profession is recognised by and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

The word Biokinetics is taken from the Greek word “BIOS” which means “life” and “KINESIS” which means “movement”. In other words, it refers to the maintenance of quality of life through the use of physical activity.


A Biokineticist is an exercise specialist who increases a persons physical condition and the quality of life by means of physical assessment and the prescription of health exercise habits.

The Biokineticist is the newest member of the allied medical team who specializes in preventative medicine and final phase rehabilitation to improve the quality of life through movement.

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