How you can be helped
According to biokinetics’ scope of practice as listed by the Health Professions Council of Namibia, Biokineticists aim to promote physical ability and performance, prevent and rehabilitate certain medical ailments, do body composition analysis, wellness intervention and functional restoration in the following domains:
~ Musculo-skeletal/orthopedic disease, disability and injury of:
- Spinal Column
- Muscular/ligament strain
- Joint replacements
- Post operative ligament reconstruction
- Osteo-/rheumatoid arthritis
- Cervical (upper back/neck) and lumbar (lower back) dysfunction
- Neurological problems
- Spinal cord injuries
~ Neuromuscular (brain-to-muscle) disorders and disease
Neuromuscular diseases are a sub group of neurological diseases where nerves controlling movement are affected. It can be either acquired or due to genetics, with diagnosis often complex to establish. Some well known neuromuscular disabilities including multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease.
Resistance training has been shown to improve motor function in persons with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury, and stroke. Resistance and aerobic training improves physical fitness, strength and functional performance and capacity. Regular flexibility training assists with reducing/preventing contractures in people with muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injury and stroke.
~ Cardiovascular disorders and disease
Cardiac rehabilitation is a customized program of exercise and education designed to help you recover after a heart attack, from other forms of heart disease or after surgery to treat heart disease.Cardiac rehabilitation is often divided into phases that involve supervised progressive exercise protocols and other support systems if needed about lifestyle changes to reduce your risks of future problems. The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help you regain optimal physical functionality and strength after your set back.
~ Pulmonary disease
~ Metabolic disorders and disease
- Hypertension (High Blood pressure)
- Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
- High cholesterol
- Stress & Depression
A multi-disciplinary approach is crucial to ensure the best outcome. A long-term lifestyle adjustment with the help of doctors, dietitians and other medical professionals play and integral role in preventing heart attack and stroke.