Another common question: what is the difference between a physiotherapist and a kinesiologist?
Is A Kinesiologist The Same As A Physiotherapist?
The short answer is no. There is overlap in the services provided. Both practitioners are trained in prescribing the correct exercises or stretches and assessing musculoskeletal injuries. Both types of sessions may include passive (like lying down and being stretched/massaged) and active care.
What is different?
- A physiotherapist does 2 years more schooling (6 years compared to 4) and has advanced training in assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
- A physiotherapist is trained in more more techniques (needle work, electrical stimulation, etc)
- A Kinesiologist usually spends more time with people (6o minute sessions compared to 30 minutes or less with a Physiotherapist)
- While a Kinesiologist may be trained in passive techniques (massage, stretching, etc) most focus on active exercise rehabilitation or fitness programming.
- Working with a Kinesiologist usually costs less but is unlikely to be covered under insurance.
Kinesiologists in Action
Kinesiologists work many jobs related to how the body moves and performs. Commonly, Kinesiologists are employed in a rehabilitation setting to do therapeutic exercise to improve peoples ability and reduce pain. Many Kinesiologists work as personal fitness trainers. Some Kinesiologists work with athletes as coaches.
What I Focus On
Here is a problem that I see often. Someone has an injury so they become less active. This makes them weaker, more prone to injuries and sometimes increases their pain. Attempts at strength training hurt because they don’t know exactly what to do and how to do it. The injury has become limiting and the person is less capable of exercise than they were before the injury.
I assess the injury and other factors that may contribute to it. We go through exercises together and find ways to improve how they move. We come up with a plan that includes exercise, nutrition, rest and mental strategies. We work together in a gym, at their home or online until they are feeling strong again and capable of doing their exercises.