With the referral from your GP, physiotherapist or dietician, to list a few, your initial evaluation, exercise sessions and follow up evaluations can be claimed directly from the medical aid by your Biokineticist. Depending on the medical aid, you might be held responsible for a small co-payment for the evaluations or/and exercise sessions.If you do not have a medical condition, referral letter, medical aid or you do not wish to use your medical aid for biokinetics, a private fee is available as well. The patient still needs to go through with an initial evaluation and each exercise session will be charged separately. A month-fee will be available after a certain amount of sessions have been completed.
The procedure of the initial assessment with a Biokineticist will mostly depend on the referral – whether it is for chronic conditions or orthopedic reasons. Chronic condition assessment can entail measurements of blood pressure, heart rate, weight, skinfolds (fat %) and in some cases ECG testing. Some form of exercise testing will be involved, either cycling, stepping or walking/ running while heart rate, blood pressure and posture is monitored. Orthopedic assessment will involve specific special testing if a joint is involved, areas of pain will be monitored, some form of muscular strength testing, posture analysis and flexibility/ range of motion will be measured.Either way, the assessment will always involve analysis of possible risk factors, lifestyle modification options and postural assessment to ensure proper management of problem areas, precise scientifically based exercise program prescription, prevention of any future complications and personal goal setting strategies.