IMF Medical Center Practitioners

Biokinetics

What is Biokinetics?

BIO + KINETICS = LIFE + MOVEMENT = LIFE THROUGH MOVEMENT

The Science of Movement and the application of exercise in rehabilitative treatment of performance.

Biokinetics’ primary function is to improve physical functioning and health care through exercise as a modality.

Biokinetics is the profession concerned with health promotion, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation, by means of scientifically-based physical activity programme prescription.

A Biokineticist is a clinical exercise specialist who:

  • Functions within professional alliance to health and medicine, and is recognised by and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
  • Improves a person’s physical well-being and quality of life through individualised scientific assessment and the prescription of exercise in rehabilitative treatment to prevent or intervene with certain ailments and the enhancement of performance (sport and work).
  • Evaluates & Measures: body posture, body composition, blood pressure, glucose levels, lung function, heart rate, fitness, muscle strength, endurance, power, flexibility and other health screenings.
  • Is a health professional who through health promotion and wellness create a better quality of life for people they work with.

Movement is an essential part of everyday life, for people of all ages. Movement affects development, learning, communicating, work capacity, health, and quality of life.

Movement permits people to navigate and stay oriented within their environment. It allows people to interact more fully in their work and recreation. It is a defining element of quality of life.

Movement may be diminished or lost due to heredity, ageing, injury, or disease. Such loss may occur gradually, over the course of a lifetime, or traumatically in an instant.

Conditions of movement loss that are linked with chronic and disabling diseases pose additional challenges for patients and their families. From the public health perspective, the prevention of either the initial impairment, or additional impairment from this environmentally orienting and socially connecting functioning, requires significant resources.

Prevention of movement loss or the resulting disabling conditions, through the development of improved disease prevention, detection, or treatment methods or more effective rehabilitative strategies, must be a global priority.

The profession of Biokinetics has evolved as a primary care health profession responding to the universal need for quality, accessible, cost-effective health care.

Biokineticists are widely distributed in communities around the world;

  • they provide economic value for the services they offer;
  • they detect a wide spectrum of conditions at a savings to the health care system;
  • they provide entry into the health care system for many patients who would otherwise not seek care;
  • they prepare our children for the competitive marketplace by assuring their physical fitness and preparedness for learning and achievement;
  • they maximize employment productivity and benefit economic stability; and they promote quality of life and individual independence, rather than more costly institutionalized and supported care.

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Chiropractic

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic means “done by hand”. It is a natural, alternative, hands-on, drug-free approach to healthcare. Spinal and joint adjustments (or manipulations) are applied to misaligned joints in order to restore proper skeletal system and nervous system functioning. 

Chiropractic is a recognised health profession specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions relating to back pain, headaches, neck pain as well as infant colic, pregnancy-back-pain and sports injuries.

Since its inception in 1895, it has become the third most utilised health care profession in the world after medicine and dentistry. The premise is that good health is partially dependent on a normally functioning spine and nervous system.

What Does Chiropractic for Back Pain Involve?

A Chiropractor first takes a medical history, performs a physical examination, and may use lab tests or diagnostic imaging to determine if treatment is appropriate for your back pain.

The treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments in which the doctor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve range and quality of motion. Many chiropractors also incorporate nutritional counselling and exercise/rehabilitation into the treatment plan. The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to back pain relief.

Adjustments are safe and some patients can experience immediate relief as the normal joint motion is restored and the nerve is freed of any restrictive pressure or irritation. However, no two patients are the same and it may require a few treatments in order to correct the problem.

What Are the Risks of Chiropractic Care?

As with everything in life and every medical intervention, chiropractic care does have its own set of risks. However, according to the actuaries and statisticians, you are 10 times more likely to be struck by lightning (1 in 100 000) than to be injured from chiropractic adjustments (1 in 1 000 000). Although very rare, chiropractic risks can include an aggravation of any inflammatory condition, neuromusculoskeletal strain, dislocation or fracture and, and more rarely, a vertebral artery syndrome.

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Physiotherapy

A Physiotherapist is considered a first-line Practitioner within the scope of practice meaning (i.e. able to treat a patient out of hospital directly without necessarily needing a referral from a doctor) and is able to apply clinical reasoning to establish a diagnosis in order to administer treatment. Ultimately the scope of practice involves assessing, treating and preventing human movement disorders, restoring normal functional abilities or minimising dysfunction and pain in patients from babies to the elderly. A Physio helps a patient enable them to achieve the highest possible level of independence in their lives; preventing recurring injuries and disability in the workplace, at home, or during recreational activities and promoting community health for all age groups. This means that the scope of practice of a Physio begins at prevention stage (ie before sustaining an injury) to acute (when injury has just occurred) intermediate (whilst dealing with the injury).
A Physiotherapist is part of a multi-disciplinary team approach of health care treatment geared toward the patient. Therefore to address the bio-psycho-social healthcare approach which is promoted in South Africa, Physios work closely alongside Doctors, Nurses, Registered Dieticians, Psychologists, Biokinetitists, Personal Trainers, Chiropractors, Speech Therapists, Social Workers, Pharmacists, etc in order to provide best patient care.

How often would you need physiotherapy?:
It predominantly depends on the diagnosis and current state of dysfunction. A typical physician prescription or referral to orthopedic physical therapy is for a frequency of 2 to 3 times per week. While each individual frequency will vary due to diagnosis and extent of injury or disorder. neurological conditions depend on the level of function and goals that are expected between both clinician and patient. cardiopulmonary treatments could be daily for a period of a week or more depending on how sick the patient is.

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Sports Massage Therapy

Getting a Massage is one thing. Having a qualified therapists who understands the body, knows all about the anatomy and what causes tight muscles and muscle spasms is vital to a good sports massage. If you are serious about using massage as a tool to keep your muscles and thus your body healthy then you must choose the best therapists for the job. At IMF we have the very best sports massage therapists who are highly qualified and have years of massage experience. They understand massage is an important tool in keeping ones muscles healthy and supporting your bodies natural function by improving range of motion, circulation, releasing tight fascia, working out stressed muscles and increasing ones ability to recover by encouraging lactate removal throughout the body. A sports massage can be done as a once off treatment but we highly encourage it to be a ongoing lifestyle habit to keep your body in check and mostly to allow you to move and move well without pain. 

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Sports Doctor

A Sports Physician is usually the very first person to see or get advise from after an acute injury. 

Sports Physicians treat musculoskeletal injuries that occur as a result of participation in sports, such as knee and shoulder injuries, ankle sprains, head injuries, tendonitis and fractures. Additionally, primary care sports physicians may treat chronic health conditions that can affect athletic performance, such as asthma and diabetes. 

Sports Physicians counsel athletes, helping them maximize performance, prevent injuries and lead a healthy lifestyle. They may suggest supplements, diet plans or exercise regimens to address performance issues. They may also help athletes with psychological or substance abuse issues related to sports. Sports Physicians collaborate with Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers and other Healthcare Professionals to plan courses of treatment and rehabilitation for their patients.

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Naturopathy

A Naturopath can often successfully pin-point a predisposition in the body, before the onset of acute disease.

What does a Naturopath do?

A Naturopath sees humankind as a holistic unity of body, mind, and spirit and aims to bring an individual back to a homeostatic state by reaching internal stability. Whole body equilibrium may be achieved through the use of dietary advice, herbal medicines, and nutrient supplementation alongside lifestyle changes.

Why would I see a naturopath?

You can see a Naturopath for many different health concerns. Some examples include:

  • Gastrointestinal concerns
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Increasing energy
  • Fertility & male and female reproductive health
  • Stress reduction
  • Improving sleep
  • Boost immune function
  • Weight loss
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Children’s health
  • Skin concerns
  • Allergies
  • Metabolic disturbances
  • Depression
  • Neurological disorders

When should I see a Naturopath:

You shouldn’t wait for the onset of unhealthy symptoms to see a Naturopath, everyone should see a Naturopath for a full health consult, and the sooner the better as prevention is better than cure. Finding out your imbalances and changing your lifestyles before the onset of disease is the best way forward, if you already have symptoms and you believe in natural and healthy solutions then a Naturopath is your option.

What should I expect when I see a Naturopath?

An initial consultation with a Naturopath will generally take between 45 minutes to 1 hour. During this time a Naturopath will aim to identify the underlying cause of concern by investigating lifestyle, family history, diet, stress, sleep, bowel habits and past medical history. The information gained is utilised to put all of the pieces of the health puzzle together and make sense of why the existing concern/s exists in the first place.

Therapeutic doses of herbal medicines (in tablet or liquid form) and or nutritional supplements are given to regain, restore and replenish whole body wellness again. Removing insults or triggers contributing to the concern is also advised, which may include lifestyle, environmental and dietary changes. Education on making these changes is essential in any given treatment plan.

It is more than likely your treatment with a Naturopath will require more than one visit. The number of visits depends on the condition as well as patient compliance. Reassessing the treatment plan is important in order to track patient progression.

Observing individual positive progress is rewarding, knowing a client won’t be returning due to a beneficial outcome is more rewarding.

People assume Naturopaths do not agree with conventional medicine. In my opinion, conventional medicine plays a vital role within the health sector. In my ideal world working alongside Doctor’s and other health professionals collaboratively would benefit everyone involved, particularly the patient.

Do herbal and functional medicines work?

Scientific evidence has proven functional and herbal medicine to be effective. Clinical trials and studies have paved the foundation fundamental for naturopathic prescriptive advice. Many clinical trials have been guided by traditional use of various plants.

The outcome of any given treatment plan significantly depends on the contributed effort of the client. Will herbs work if you only take them for 2 days? Not likely. Consistency is important, patient compliance is more so. Your body needs time to build up stores in order to respond positively, this may take 3 days to 12 weeks, everybody is different.

I like to think of Naturopaths as Educational Health Facilitators, once you reach your goal, the end result is definitely worth the effort YOU have put in. The importance of your health is priceless; knowing how to prevent recurrent illness or certain conditions will provide you with a wealth of health for the future! Try it, you may just find the answers you have been searching for.

 

MODALITIES USED BY A NATUROPATH:

IRIDOLOGY:

Iridology is the scientific study of the iris. Like markings on a map, the iris reveals psychological health risks, challenges and/or strengths of various organs and personality traits. Through iridology, we can get an understanding of your past, present, and potential future health conditions by assessing the various body systems. Your inherited tendencies compounded by toxic accumulations in various parts of your body are also revealed. It’s a method whereby the doctor can tell, from markings or signs in the iris, the reflex condition of various organs and systems of the body. These markings represent a detailed picture of the Integrity of the body; it’s constitutional potentials, areas of congestion or toxic accumulations and inherent challenges and gifts.

LIFE & WELLNESS COACHING – NLP AND CBT THERAPY                                                   

This is a way of thinking and a set of skills that are easy to understand, that will give you more focus, self-esteem, and power to make better choices and decisions, assist in releasing negativity and accomplishing goals. It helps to improve focus, direction, Self-confidence, the ability to create wealth, and improve productivity, it helps to encourage less procrastination and faster progress.

QUANTUM BIOFEEDBACK:

Is a computerised energetic medicine device called a quantum Scio, that tests and balances the body at the subtle energy level. Energy medicine integrates the sciences of mathematics, quantum physics, subspace theory and electronics. The therapies include the following modalities: naturopathy, homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, energetic medicine, psychology, aromatherapy, reflexology, colour therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and biofeedback. It also incorporates knowledge of metaphysical subjects to provide affirmations for mental release of toxins. Every cell, organ, meridian and emotion has a characteristic electro-magnetic signature. Illness can start as an energetic disturbance, which can be detected by the SCIO. The body’s subtle energy system is an early warning system. Imbalances in the body’s subtle energies show up much earlier than overt physical disease. The SCIO communicates with the body to determine what energy imbalances are most affecting personal health; physical, mental and emotional concerns. It is calibrated to measure the body’s subtle reactions to a database of  biological, psychological and medical items in electro-magnetic form. The program offers information specific to subtle energies – emotional and mental stresses, nutritional needs, toxins, food sensitivities, digestive and elimination needs.

 HYPNOTHERAPY:

Involves: a) suggestion therapy and b) analysis. Suggestion therapy relies on the patient’s ability to respond to suggestions while in a SLEEP like state, commonly used to control or stop unwanted and negative behaviors such as smoking, gambling, nail biting, or over-eating. It is also particularly useful in treating pain or increasing the instance of positive behavior such as self-motivation or confidence and is very beneficial in the psychological root of a problem or symptom, e.g. social anxiety, depression, or past trauma. These types of trauma are often hidden in unconscious memory and forgotten on a conscious level. Using hypnotherapy for analysis has proven particularly effective at digging into the subconscious memory to attempt to retrieve suppressed memories or early developmental trauma that could result in a wide range of psychological conditions or problematic behavior.

REIKI:

Reiki is a therapy often described as hands-on-body healing in which a practitioner places hands lightly on or over a patient’s body to facilitate the patient’s process of healing.  Reiki combines the Japanese and Chinese word-characters of “rei” (spiritual or supernatural) and “ki” (vital energy). One of the basic ideas held by those who practice Reiki is that this vital energy can be channeled to support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

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