What is Kinesiology?
Kinesiology is the study of the dynamics of human movement, and its components
(anatomical, physiological, neurological, biochemical, biomechanical, neuromotor,
psychological) in interaction with the environment.
In simpler terms, we can say that kinesiology is also defined as human kinetics or the
scientific study of human movement. The term comes from the Greek word "kinesis"
which means "to move".
Kinesiology consists of several fields of study (see the following diagram) which, in their
own right, could each form an independent profession (e.g., physiologist, biomechanist,
neurologist, etc.). In Canada, we have chosen to group together these different
professions that focus on all aspects of human locomotion.
Who are Kinesiologists?
As University-educated health professionals, Kinesiologists apply exercise and movement
science to promote health and wellbeing; prevent, manage and rehabilitate injuries; treat illness and chronic disease; restore function, and optimize human performance in the workplace, clinical settings,sport and fitness. Kinesiologists are the only human movement specialists that use science and research to offer movement as medicine to any person with a health or fitness goal, who want a hands-on, personalized approach. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages, and physical abilities, in many settings, to help them achieve their health and wellness goals. They improve quality of life, often using interventions that include physical activity.
The health, and physical activity, needs of any population are multifactorial. Therefore, an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach provides a population with a higher quality of service. Kinesiologists frequently collaborate with other health professionals, to provide multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary interventions, for prevention, treatment and performance. They occasionally contribute to the evaluation with the medical team and are involved in creating a treatment, or intervention, plan.
The kinesiologist complements other healthcare professionals through their wide range of
knowledge and broad scope of practice. Here are some examples of what a kinesiologist brings
to the Tonume treatment team:
provide prevention, promotion, treatment and rehabilitation services in various health facilities including mental health clinics and private clinics.
trained in ergonomics for workplace and occupational health
coach and fitness trainer for high performance
promoter of public health
clinical manager and coordinator
case manager for insurance companies
personal trainer and physical conditioning coach
performing all other actions targeting the promotion of physical activity and the adoption of a healthy and physically active lifestyle
Kinesiology is an evolving profession. Kinesiologists adapt to the changing demands of their clients’ needs.
Meet our Kinesiologists
ICBC Active Rehab
Have you been injured in a motor vehicle accident?
Learn how you can use guided exercise to reduce the symptoms you may be experiencing, prevent further injury, and build strength, stability and endurance, so you can get back to doing the things you love most.
As of April 2019 these sessions are covered 100% by ICBC.
Not sure if you quality?
Ask us how you can get started!
Private Kinesiology – Single Session
Already committed to a routine, but get odd aches and pains when you exercise?
Do you feel like you’ve hit a plateau?
A single session is a great opportunity to get insight on your body, how it moves, and ways to take your movements to the next level. If you’re already active and confident in how you move, this is a great option to give us a try.
Private Kinesiology – Monthly or Weekly options
Do you prefer more guidance and coaching?
Do you find you fall off the wagon if left to your own devices?
If you have a past injury, current health condition, or simply prefer a guided exercise session, our package options could be right for you. We can offer a monthly tune-up session to add some new exercises or progressions to your routine, or keep it simple and keep you accountable by coming to you once a week.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR KINESIOLOGY VISIT:
Subjective History: Learning about why you are coming in, how your current injury happened, and relevant previous injuries
Assessment of the Injury/Area of Concern: Various movements, ranges-of-motion, and special tests to see what causes restrictions or pain
Muscle and Structure Testing: Evaluation of supporting structures to find the cause of the problem
Goal setting and treatment planning for your recovery
Discussion of changes in function and/or pain since the last visit
Review and/or progression of rehabilitative exercises
Kinesiology Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Kinesiology?
A: Kinesiology is the study of the dynamics of human movement, and its components (anatomical, physiological, neurological, biochemical, biomechanical, neuromotor, psychological) in interaction with the environment.
In simpler terms, we can say that kinesiology is also defined as human kinetics or the scientific study of human movement. The term comes from the Greek word "kinesis" which means "to move".
Kinesiology consists of several fields of study (see the following diagram) which, in their own right, could each form an independent profession (e.g., physiologist, biomechanist, neurologist, etc.). In Canada, we have chosen to group together these different professions, that focus on all aspects of human locomotion.
Q: What training do Kinesiologists have?
A: Kinesiologists in British Columbia have a minimum four years university education. Upon graduation, the new grad can apply for membership within the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK). In order to qualify for membership, there is a minimum grade point average required as well as annual continuing education requirements to ensure kinesiologists are obtaining the most up-to-date, evidence-based information available.
Q: How do Kinesiologists make assessments?
A: A kinesiologist will assess you using detailed history-taking as well as specific physical tests and measures, such as flexibility or range of motion. He or she will then analyze the assessment findings and use clinical reasoning to establish a diagnosis. Together, you will explore your current abilities and functional needs so the kinesiologist can plan sessions that are consistent with your goals and general health status, and which incorporate approaches and techniques supported by the best evidence available.
Q: What can Kinesiology treatments involve?
A: Kinesiology treatments can include the following:
Personalized exercise programs designed to improve your strength, range of motion, and function
Assisting joint mobilization using movement and stretching techniques. Management of incontinence including pelvic floor re-education
Functional activity and tolerance testing and training
Work and occupational re-training and return to work planning
Exercise Therapy for Injury and Chronic Disease
Ergonomics and Workplace Design
Disability & Case Management
Job Demands analysis
Lifestyle & Physical Activity Planning
Q: Is there extended medical coverage for kinesiology?
A: Depending on your work’s benefits packages, you may be eligible for kinesiology coverage.
For more information on kinesiology visit the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists website.