Life Through Movement
Biokinetics is defined as the science of movement and the application of exercise in rehabilitative treatment or performance.
Who are we
The Green and Zaayman Biokineticists practice is within the Melrose Arch Virgin Active classis club. These exercise specialists are highly qualified and registered biokineticists, all of whom are registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). The practice provides supervised one-on-one appointment’s aimed at the prevention, rehabilitation and treatment of health-related conditions to all individuals, both to the general public and to members of the Virgin Active club.
The ultimate vision of our practice is to be the practice that cares enough to make a permanent difference in someone’s life, by going that ‘extra mile ‘, focussing on a personal touch, a safe environment and a commitment to our clients/patients.
It is our goal to deliver and empower the individual with the knowledge of their health and physical abilities, and to guide them into an educated and individualised rehabilitative process of achieving their optimal health and wellness through exercise therapy. Our practice will achieve this empowerment and education through the use of technology and personal touch.
The biokineticists make use of therapeutic based exercise for preventative medicine and final phase rehabilitation. We also aim to improve the quality of life by addressing various populations such as orthopaedic injuries, chronic diseases, neural disorders, disabilities, cardiac diseases, stroke rehabilitation, postural problems, elderly disorders and sport & performance enhancement.
Biokineticists make use an initial assessment in order to identify underlying muscular and postural imbalances. Joint mobility, flexibility and muscular weaknesses are measured and evaluated. The subsequent rehabilitation exercise programme is under supervision of the biokineticist and aimed at strengthening muscular imbalances, joint and ligament instabilities while improving the cardiovascular fitness.
Biokinetic assessments and subsequent rehabilitation sessions may be claimed back from medical aid services.
Why Choose Us
A Biokineticist is an 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 wellbeing 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.
Assists in preventing and treating individuals with:
- Orthopaedic Conditions,
- Chronic Disease and Conditions,
- Exercise Testing for Athlete
- Health Promotion for General Population
What we do
Biokinetics is defined as the science of movement and the application of exercise in rehabilitative treatment or performance. 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.
Individual exercise prescription for the rehabilitation of the back, neck, knee, shoulder, hip and ankle injuries and conditions. Treatment is offered from the time of the injury up to and including full participation in sport or other physical activities of life.
Health Promotion for General Population
Assessment of health risk factors and implementation of intervention strategies to support the individual toward total wellness. Providing programs for: Weight loss; General fitness; Muscle strengthening; Toning and definition.
Chronic Disease and Conditions
Individual and supervised exercise programmes for the prevention and management of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and pregnancy (pre and post natal)
Exercise Testing for Athletes
Sport specific testing and training of an athletes endurance, speed, flexibility, agility, power, strength and reaction times. As well as rehabilitation of sport injuries.
What we do
Postural analysis and correction
Orthopaedic assessments and rehabilitation
Management of chronic diseases eg. cardiac and diabetes.
Immune deficiency related illness rehabilitation
Sport specific performance enhancement eg. Golf, cycling, ultra distance runners, triathletes
Metabolic disease rehabilitation
Medical aid-specific testing – eg. Discovery Vitality testing
Supervised exercise session for medium- to high-risk patients
Meet Our Team
Karin is the owner of the practice. She graduated from wits medical school with a Master degree in exercise physiology and is registered biokineticist
She has been in private practice for over 25 years and during this time she has lectured at tertiary level . She also enjoys working within the corporate field and has presented educational workshops as part of a multidisciplinary team.
She loves working with people and thrives on interesting and difficult orthopaedic problems.
She is an ex waterpolo player that now enjoys long distance swimming and her motto is “ we will find exercise that suits you ”
Karen has been in practice for more than 15 years after obtaining her undergraduate degree from Wits University and Honours degree from the University of Port Elizabeth.
Karen’s involvement in Biokinetics has centered on Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, whilst also gaining experience in other areas of the Biokinetics Spectrum. She is a passionate runner, participating regularly in events whilst also enjoying the allure of other endurance activities. As such she has a keen interest in working with athletes of all levels to help them achieve their exercise and rehabilitation goals. Karen is also a keen consumer of coffee and chocolate
Mishka Nair completed her Bachelor of Health Science undergraduate degree as well as her Honour degree in Biokinetics at the University of the Witwaterstrand. She then went on to complete her internship at the Wanderers Sports Medical Centre.
Mishka has always enjoyed an active lifestyle of sport and fitness and thus her interests lie mostly in orthopaedic rehabilitation. She has participated in numerous sports but her main sports were soccer and athletics. She now stays fit by doing strength training and yoga.
Mishka has always been interested in the way the human body works which inspired her interest in the health sciences. Rehabilitation specifically excites her as it is a process in which you are able to help someone recover from injury or illness, better themselves physically and psychologically, and achieve their goals.
Biokinetics perfectly marries fitness and healthy living with preventative health care and rehabilitation, which perfectly brings together all her passions. She most appreciates the ability to help others help themselves, and to empower themselves through exercise. Her motto is “keep moving to keep moving!”
Regina is the receptionist at Green and zaayman Biokinetics and Dr Robin Maris ( chiropracter) . She studied Financial Management at Tshwane North College and has also done Computer Literacy at Creative Minds institute.
She opened a nonprofit Organization in 2016 in Hammerskraal , where children can keep busy by doing Art, drama and dance over the weekends.
She loves her job and interacting with people .
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Karin Green has been my biokineticist since 2002 – about 18 years! I am 83 this month, and I honestly believe I’d have been in a wheelchair long ago if it weren’t for her professional work with me over all these long years. Karin is the perfect professional – wonderful and caring and unfailingly “on-the-ball” as a therapist, always punctual and precise in the way she runs her practice. On rare occasions when she was away and I went to her locum, I found a huge difference: the locum’s eyes were seldom on me and what I was doing wrong, wandering over the gym most of the time. Karin is ‘WITH” you every minute of your session. She is very “hands-on” – gently manoeuvring your body into the correct positions. She never bullies or forces you, yet she is always challenging you to go beyond your comfort zone. She is always upbeat, cheerful and sympathetic but she doesn’t let you get away with one second of sloppy performance. And she NEVER loses patience when it takes you forever to learn a sequence or have forgotten it since you last saw her. Karin almost always has great answers to exercise problems, and no matter what’s sore today she knows a way to modify the painful movement or has plenty of other exercises to keep you active in your session. I have never been a “sporty” person, and I am very far from athletic, but when I go for my biokinetics sessions I always enjoy them and I always feel much better in body and mood when we finish – even if I feel unwell and depressed on leaving home to go there. A VERY BIG THANK YOU KARIN GREEN!!!!
I opted out of spinal surgery in the hopes that medication and biokinetics could stave off the awful day. More than that happened. I had some months of biokinetics exercise with Karen. These non abrasive, repetitive movements and strict supervision as to how one's body must be held during these movements discovered the no-go areas, the weakness and taught muscles strength. They overcame pain and a limp. Surgery has been put behind me. Something magical. Thank you Karen Young.
I am a walking miracle thanks to the phenomenal treatment and care I have received from Karin Green. I was involved in a terrible accident when the deck of the Deck Restaurant In Plettenberg Bay collapsed and I went down with it. My ankle was literally crushed, my heel broken in two places and my tibia bone broken. I had intensive surgery and now have a hardware shop in my ankle for life. I had to sit with my leg elevated for 5 months and my foot was not allowed to touch the ground. As a result the muscle atrophy affected my entire one side of the body. Through intensive rehabilitation from Karin I have made the best recovery I could ever have imagined. In the beginning I didn’t know if I would ever be able to walk again unaided. Karin’s total commitment to my recovery physically and mentally has allowed me to reach where I am today. I can walk, bend, hop a little and even walk on my toes. I can even spend a few active hours in the garden. My MOJO is back thanks to Karin and our joint dedication.
Kindly note that I have been a client of registered biokineticists, Green and Zaayman, for some six years. During this time and under the personal supervision of numerous biokineticists, interalia Ms. Megan Bell, Ms Jessie Pillay and Ms. Mishka Nair and always under the guidance and management of Ms. Karen Green, I have received Professional training in the many facets of “Gym work”. I have always found both management and all biokinetisicists of Green and Zaayman Biokinetisicists to be efficient and masterly in performing their tasks.
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