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Kinesiology is the scientific study of human movement, performance and function, and incorporates the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, psychology and neuroscience. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages and physical abilities to treat and prevent injury and chronic disease and improve movement and performance. Some of the services include:
When you see a kinesiologist, you can expect the kinesiologist to do the following:
Treatment by kinesiologists is often hands-on and can involve manual 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.
Kinesiologists can accept clients on a referral or a non-referral basis.
Sources: College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA)