"The practice of Kinesiology is the assessment of movement, performance, function, and the rehabilitation, prevention, and management of disorders to maintain, rehabilitate, or enhance movement, performance, and function, in the areas of sport, recreation, work, exercise, and activities of daily living." - British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK)

What is a Kinesiologist?

Kinesiologists are human movement specialists. They design and implement exercise programs which are based on in-depth postural analysis, functional movement screens, and strength/flexibility assessments. Kinesiology is not just rehabilitative, but preventative and promotes general wellness. 

Kinesiology places a strong emphasis on prevention and movement enhancement. Kinesiologists utilize exercise to improve movement in order to achieve a better quality of life for individuals. Proper diet and exercise not only help in recovering from injury, but can also help prevent the development of many diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and many other common conditions.

The Orthoquest Team of Kinesiologists are University educated and have varying experience, training and specialties. Learn more about our Kinesiologists here. 

Kinesiologist adjusts patient

Some forms of exercise you may see at Kelowna Kinesiology include, but are not limited to:

  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Breathing Exercises
  • ZEN•GA™ 
  • Active Isolated Stretching
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Functional Strength & Conditioning
  • Movement Retraining

Differences Between a Kinesiologist & Personal Trainer

The biggest difference between a Personal Trainer and a Kinesiologist is the base level of education. Practicing Kinesiologists have a minimum of a Bachelors of Science (BSc.) in Kinesiology, Human Kinetics, or Exercise Science. They are also registered through the British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) and are required to have continuing education credits each year to be a practicing member. In comparison, personal trainer certifications usually include basic introductory levels of anatomy and kinesiology through weekend courses and minimal practical evaluations. 

Exercise of the Day 

Being human movement specialists, our Kinesiologists have a vast knowledge of specific exercises, stretches, and other active rehabilitation tools to make your recovery precisely personalized and specific to your injury, lifestyle, and needs. See below our "Exercise of the Day!" for examples of exercises that you may see our clients completing here in our clinic. 

When To Choose a Personal Trainer vs Kinesiologist

Personal Trainer

  • If you have no known medical conditions, injuries, or disabilities that are placing limitations on your ability to exercise
  • If you are looking to workout, tone, or general health conditioning


  • If you have a medical condition, injury, or disability and wish to perform exercise in a safe, progressive enivornment
  • If you are undergoing other medical treatment (Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy, etc.) and would like to increase your level of fitness
  • If you have a referral from a Health Care Professional to begin an active rehablitation or work conditioning program
  • If your goals are better health (inside and out), better quality of life, or improved movement ability
  • If you want to learn how to manage your condition(s) through physical activity and lifestyle changes 


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