"THE DOCTOR OF THE FUTURE WILL GIVE NO MEDICINE, BUT WILL INTEREST HER OR HIS PATIENTS IN THE CARE OF THE HUMAN FRAME, IN A PROPER DIET, AND IN THE CAUSE AND PREVENTION OF DISEASE"
-THOMAS A. EDISON
WHAT IS KINESIOLOGY
Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function. Kinesiology incorporates the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience into an all-encompassing healthcare practice. Kinesiologists use the latest evidence-based research to treat and prevent injury and disease, and to improve movement and performance.
HOW CAN KINESIOLOGY HELP ME?
Kinesiologists work with people of all ages and physical abilities in many settings to help them achieve their health and wellness goals, and improve quality of life. Some areas of kinesiology practice include:
• health promotion
• injury rehabilitation
• pain and chronic disease management
• ergonomics and workplace safety
• fitness training and athletics
• return to work planning and disability management
• public health
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
When you see a kinesiologist, you can expect the kinesiologist to do some or all of the following: Personalized treatment plans to meet your goals and objectives, Manual therapy (massage, myofascial therapy, trigger point therapy), exercise instruction and a series of other modalities, such as electro-physical modalities (e.g. heat, ice, ultrasound and laser). Some treatment may cause a certain level of pain and/or discomfort that may be normal; however, the treatment can be stopped at any time should it become too uncomfortable.
Kinesiology services are not covered by OHIP. However, some extended health plans cover kinesiology services and/or treatments and assessments under the scope of practice of kinesiology; check your individual plan. You may also submit out-of-pocket kinesiology expenses on your annual tax return. Visit the Canada Revenue Agency website for more information.