Getting on top of chronic disease

coupleHeart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease- chronic diseases affect all parts of life. The diagnosis is followed by testing, prescriptions and often dietary changes. But what about exercise? Each of these interventions has involved advice from a regulated health professional who ensures that you get the care necessary to support your recovery and to improve your condition.

Registered kinesiologists are regulated health professionals who are specialists in human movement and performance. They work with people coping with injury, disease or with limited mobility to enable and enhance movement, strengthening and improved functioning. They also work with employers to modify workplaces and processes, and provide return-to-work planning and assistance.

Kinesiologists in Ontario are regulated by the College of Kinesiologists. The College sets the standards for entry to the profession so that the public receives competent, safe and ethical services from qualified individuals. Registration with the College indicates that a registered kinesiologist has completed rigorous academic training and possesses the knowledge, skills and judgment to practise in the public interest. Only members of the College may call themselves a kinesiologist. The College requires registered kinesiologists to participate in a quality assurance program to ensure that they maintain current knowledge and practices.

Regaining strength and mobility following injury or while coping with chronic disease is challenging. It is important to receive advice and assistance from a regulated health professional, such as a registered kinesiologist, who is accountable to a regulatory college for the services that they provide. If you have concerns about the services that you receive from a registered kinesiologist, you can contact the College and they will investigate.

For more information, visit www.collegeofkinesiologists.on.ca.

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