Kinesiology, physical therapy, applied kinesiology – each has a common prefix, but how much difference exists for each of these disciplines! Even if movement (kinesi in Greek) unites them, beware of assimilation, as these disciplines have their own definition, their different interpretations and even their geographical features! In fact, “going to your physiotherapist” does not mean the same thing depending on where you are. Let’s shed some light on the subject for better orientation.
Physical Therapy: a Gentle Discipline that Deserves to be better Known!
In Western Europe, when it comes to making an appointment with one’s therapist, a reflex deeply rooted in the behavior of patients with specific pain, is precisely a visit to one’s massage-therapist.
The physical therapy program in France, for example, is of a very limited enrollment; it sometimes requires a preparatory year in advance in medicine to be awarded by the National Institutes of physiotherapy training. This discipline uses movement or, conversely, prevents the movement by placing a restraint.
Perhaps the most famous is the massage, that is to say, the solicitation, of tissues (muscles, tendons, subcutaneous tissue) of the patient by the hands of the physiotherapist. Some practitioners of prevention work on the ergonomics of workstations (prevention of occupational diseases), and the training of handling heavy loads personnel and sportsmen.
In the United States, physiotherapy has a definition that is much more applied and less broad than that of Europe. Physiotherapy in Europe serves a larger population, since it appeals to patients who would use a physiotherapist or occupational therapist in addition to physiotherapy. This sport deserves to be known by more people who suffer from acute and chronic pain of short duration, from musculoskeletal disorders to more minor issues.
The massage therapist works on the muscles of movement, inflammation, joint mobility and fibrosis. His work focuses on the causes and on local hot spots to be identified, to reduce pain and improve musculoskeletal system. Note that it is not uncommon for a physiotherapy session to be administered by an orthotherapist as a wider and complementary specialty, taught in the more known schools of massage and who are more focused about posture and muscle.
What to Expect from a Session of Physiotherapy
It usually begins with a massage of 30 to 40 minutes, to relax the muscles, and focused physical therapy, to better provide a response during the mobilizations carried out thereafter, lasting 20 minutes. This mobilization is in the running of the joint axes. The joints are therefore manipulated gradually and smoothly, thus meeting the threshold of pain for greater harmonization.
The therapist does not diagnose and, unlike the chiropractor, there is no corrective manipulation. Physiotherapy provides an approach that has the power to “heal without hurting” and consequently, there is no recorded case of malpractice. This discipline is effective, gentle and safe for the public if the massage- you receive comes from the right training.
When Do You Go to a Physiotherapist?
When you are afflicted with a common musculo-articular disease (back pain, tendonitis, bursitis, capsulitis, etc.).
How Do You Find a Physiotherapist?
Refer to recognized associations, as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
How are Physical Therapists Certified?
Generally, after training for 1000 hours, a degree is awarded in most reputable massage therapy academies.
Kinesiology: a Science of Movement at the Service of Form and Sustainable Well-Being
In the United States, the term “kinesiology” means a science that studies the body in sport. The kinesiologist is a health professional, a specialist in physical activity, who uses movement for prevention, treatment and performance through safe interventions.
Fitness is often done in conjunction with physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and nutritionists. Once the problem is addressed, the client is helped to prevent injury by using specific and safe exercises. Regarding the monitoring of kinesiology, some people lack motivation, others are afraid to get hurt, others want to achieve precise performance. They can then use a kinesiologist in closed session.
A safe and effective program is based on goals and the physical condition of patients. People love it. Private training can occur one, two, or three times a week. That depends on people, their purpose and how much they have to spend.
Universities offer the kinesiology program, which includes courses in anatomy, the biomechanics of movement, exercise physiology, training methods, and the psychology of physical activity and sport…
Why Use a Kinesiologist?
- To maintain good health.
- To lose weight.
- To control cardiovascular disease.
- To help control a disease (diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, arthritis, back pain, etc.)
- To become comfortable in your skin.
- To stay young and delay loss of independence.
- To get support to avoid another failure.
- To achieve a higher level of performance.
- To attend a sporting event.