What is kinesiology?

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:

  • Assessment
  • Home Assessment
  • Assistive/Adaptive Devices Assessment and Utilization
  • Assessment of Attendant Care Needs
  • Functional Ability Evaluation
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
  • Critical Task Inventory and Evaluation
  • Return-to-Work Coordination and Implementation
  • Case/program Management
  • Automobile Accident or Disability claims Management
  • Gait Assessment
  • Clinical Kinesiology
  • Musculoskeletal Assessment
  • Postural Evaluation and education
  • Rehabilitative and Functional Re-training Exercise
  • Fitness Conditioning for Weight Loss, Cardiovascular Training, and Muscular Development
  • Diabetes Management Strategies
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health Management
  • Corporate Wellness Program Design and Implementation
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Ergonomics
  • Work Site Assessment
  • Physical Demands Analysis
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
  • Design/re-design of Home or Office Workstations or Industrial Workstations
  • Job Shadowing/coaching
  • Work Hardening Programs

What can I expect if I am being treated by a kinesiologist?

When you see a kinesiologist, you can expect the kinesiologist to do the following:

  • Take a complete health history and find out your goals or objectives.
  • Conduct an assessment. Some typical assessments may include strength and flexibility testing, cardiovascular testing, gait assessment, cognitive psychometric evaluation or a physical demands analysis.
  • Discuss the findings of the assessment with you.
  • Propose a personalised treatment plan that will meet your goals or objectives.
  • Obtain consent for the treatment plan.
  • Regularly measure your progress and make adjustments to the treatment as needed.
  • Provide advice and education regarding your condition.
  • Keep a record of the care provided and ensure your personal health information is kept secure and confidential.
  • Collaborate with others as appropriate.

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.

Are kinesiology services covered by insurance?

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.

Do I need a referral to see a kinesiologist?

Kinesiologists can accept clients on a referral or a non-referral basis.

How Can You Benefit From Kinesiology?

  • Healthier daily living
  • Reduced incidence of chronic disease and injury
  • Lower incidence of pain and discomfort
  • Early recovery from injury
  • Better work, exercise, and sport performance

Sources: College of Kinesiologists of Ontario and Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA)