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At Cascade Health Center we have a kinesiologist on staff and we understand that a lot of people might not know the difference between a kinesiologist and a physiotherapist. We thought we would tell you the difference so you can understand how we can help you.
Kinesiology means ‘the study of movement’. The term is also used by complementary medicine practitioners to describe a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at what may be causing ‘imbalances’ in the body and attempts to relieve these imbalances.
The kinesiology approach examines ‘unresolved stress reactions’ in a person and provides techniques intended to help the body’s natural healing process.
How kinesiology works?
Kinesiologists use muscle monitoring techniques to access information about a person’s wellbeing and to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.
Techniques used in kinesiology
Some of the techniques available include:
- lymphatic massage
- hypertonic muscle release
- attention to reflex, trigger and body points
- remedies, such as flower essences and homeopathics
- nutritional advice.
What is a Kinesiologist?
A kinesiologist is a regulated health professional that treats and prevents injury, disease and improves health and wellness. Kinesiologists address the physiological and mechanical systems of the body. Cascade Health Centers’ Kinesiologist services may include, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, rehabilitation, and sport fitness.
The goal for a kinesiologist is to help you have a more functional and pain-free life. Choose our kinesiologist if you have a condition, injury, or disability you need help dealing with as they can help you improve your fitness and mobility.
What is the difference between Kinesiologist and a Physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist is a health professional that focuses on a more overall approach to healthcare. They are dedicated to getting people to maximize their ability to move and function well throughout life.
The main objective for a physiotherapist is to restore function and decrease pain from an injury. A physiotherapist can help with chronic pain and diagnose any issues you might be having. You should choose a physiotherapist if you have pain that changes the way you function on a day-to-day basis.
There are a few main differences between a kinesiologist and a physiotherapist and these are:
- A physiotherapist uses more passive techniques (example: needlework).
- A kinesiologist will typically spend more time with their clients.
- While a kinesiologist is trained in passive techniques, they will use more active exercise rehab and fitness programming.
Things to know about kinesiology
- Kinesiology is a form of therapy that uses muscle monitoring (biofeedback) to look at imbalances that may be causing disease in the body.
- Kinesiology aims to detect and correct imbalances that may relate to stress, nutrition, or minor injuries.
- Kinesiology is not used to diagnose disorders.
If you are looking for a kinesiologist in the Eugene area, Cascade Health Center has what you’re looking for!