What is the difference between Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy, and Kinesiology?
All of the above professionals are able to assist in your rehabilitation.
Physiotherapists are able to assess, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate clients with new symptoms and conditions as primary care providers. Physician referrals are not required to see a Physiotherapist, but we always love working within your health care team and value insights your GP has. We help determine the cause of a challenge or concern, and develop a plan to address that to meet your goals.
As your condition stabilizes and you being to experience improvements, you may be able to transition to receiving support from other members of our team such as Athletic Therapy or Kinesiology. These professionals are able to assist in achieving more than just recovery; they can help to achieve optimal health, fitness, and maintain your success long term.
Certified Athletic Therapists treat a wide range of client, with known and stable medical conditions, or with new musculoskeletal injuries. They treat and support a variety of client, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using education, exercise, training, and encouragement. An Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.
Kinesiologists are movement experts who use the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, and consider neuroscience and psychosocial factors. Kinesiologists use evidence-based research to treat and prevent injury and disease, and to improve movement and performance. Kinesiologists work with people of all ages and physical abilities in many settings to help them achieve their health and wellness goals and improve quality of life.