DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND PHYSIOTHERAPY
An Exercise Physiologist role is to use exercise as an intervention to prevent, manage chronic diseases or injury and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health, or wellness. The main targeted pathologies include but are not limited to; Cardiopulmonary, Metabolic, Musculoskeletal, Neurological and Mental Health.
According to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, a Physiotherapists role involves a holistic approach to the prevention, diagnosis, and therapeutic management of disorders of movement or optimisation of function to enhance the health and welfare of the community from an individual or population perspective.
In simple terms, an Exercise Physiologist is an expert in using exercise to help improve an individual’s quality of life and function. Physiotherapists use multiple interventions including different therapies and practices to help enhance an individual’s health. Both are experts in Health and can provide many benefits, depending on what the individual’s goals involve will determine whether an Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist will be better suited.
– Jackson Cockerill (Exercise Physiologist)