Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Kinesiotherapist do differently from other therapies such as Physical Therapy?
Kinesiotherapists utilize two fundamental modalities, exercise and education, to enhance and regain function through improved mobility, strength, endurance and flexibility. Our interaction with the patient/client typically is holistic and occurs following the acute stage of an illness and/or disease. A Kinesiotherapist is the bridge between acute illness and physical wellness. Effective KT treatment often begins when traditional therapy ceases. The KT approach to exercise could be defined as structural and functional integration. In essence, the treatment approach is not limited to a segmented body area, but the treatment approach to the impaired body structure is restored in a holistic manner.
Are your services reimbursable?
Kinesiotherapists work upon referral from a physician. We are reimbursable in some instances for our services.
Are you licensed?
No, Kinesiotherapists, while not licensed in any state at this time, are credentialed by the Council on Professional Standards Board for Registration of Kinesiotherapists. On a semi-annual basis, Registration examinations are offered to those eligible candidates. The Registration Examination was developed in conjunction with and is administered by, Professional Examination Services in New York. Registration as a regulation/credentialing process requires practicing Kinesiotherapists to conform to specific criteria for ethical, safe treatment of patients within the Scope of Practice and Standards of Practice for Kinesiotherapy.
What are your credentials?
The profession of Kinesiotherapy was recognized nationally by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs in April 1995 as an allied health profession. Kinesiotherapy is included in the National Health Care Provider Taxonomy and has been assigned a revenue code by the National Uniform Billing Committee, effective October 2000.
What clients do you best serve and where?
RKTs employed in the Veterans Affairs (VA) are utilized in all levels from acute care through long term care. Within each VA facility, the job functions assigned to the RKT depend on the workload demands and the overall make up of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service (PM&R). Many PM&R Chiefs state their preference for a RKT because of their “can do” attitude and adaptability to a variety of settings. VA Medical Centers are the primary employer of RKTs. However, since the mid 1970s there has been a continuing trend of RKTs employed in the private sector. Some RKTs establish independent clinics. Currently there is an emerging trend of PT clinics employing RKTs to augment their treatment services. Medical Fitness facilities (fitness facilities associated with a hospital) create a unique need for RKT services. We have developed a close alliance with the Medical Fitness Association, which has increased their awareness of Kinesiotherapy.
What is the average salary for a Kinesiotherapist?
Depending on the particular job setting, the average projected starting salary for Registered Kinesiotherapists is $36,000 to $47,000 annually. The overall average is $60,000; upper-level salaries are in the range of $70,000-$90,000.
What do the certification credentials “RKT” and “Registered Kinesotherapist” mean?
They tell consumers and employers that you have met the standards for professional practice, as identified by Council of Professional Standards of Kinesiotherapy (COPS-KT). These credenitals verify the registration status of an RKT.