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mandy banks Biokinetics
BSc (Human Movement Science), Bsc Hons (Biokinetics)

What is a Biokineticist?
Biokinetics is focused on improving a person’s physical status and quality of life through the prescription of therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises.’ A biokineticist is recognized by and registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa.

What does a Biokineticist do?
‘A biokineticist assesses each patient extensively, in an attempt to holistically integrate all factors contributing to their condition. Specific exercises are prescribed and patients are guided and monitored through the duration of their rehabilitative program. Biokineticist usually work closely with referring health professionals, including GP’s, physiotherapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, and orthopaedic surgeons.’

Mandy Banks runs her own Biokinetics Practice, and has been doing so for the past 4 years. She was originally based in Constantia and has subsequently moved to Claremont. She joined the Chrysalis Clinic in 2008. Mandy did her undergraduate degree at the University of Stellenbosch in Human Movement Science, and then moved on to her Honours in Biokinetics at the University of Zululand. In 2002, she completed her Biokinetics Internship at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, and continued to work there for the following 2 years. During this period she worked in the Biokinetics Practice, the Medical Practice, and the Gym.

Mandy is also a keen sports person, having played provincial hockey for many years, as well as having represented South Africa in Olympic Distance Triathlon. She also recently completed the Ironman triathlon.

At the Chrysalis Clinic, Mandy assesses each person using a detailed medical history questionnaire, tests their physical fitness using a stationary bike, and assesses any injuries/problems that need attention. After this she will either prescribe an exercise/rehab programme for the individual or set up weekly times for exercise/rehabilitation sessions at her practice if required. Mandy continually monitors each clients exercise and rehabilitation throughout the programme.