Firstly, let’s understand that yes, there are certainly similarities as both have expertise in the fields of anatomy, system physiology, and in-depth understanding of human movement. The primary role of both relates to improving an individuals health from certain conditions amongst musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurological and many more. In regards to Physiotherapists, their scope of practice includes: diagnosis and working heavily with acute conditions (sudden symptoms) as well as chronic conditions. Physio’s utilise manual therapy including manipulation and joint mobilisation. Physios are well trained in education and pain alleviation for chronic condition management. Additionally, exercise is also one of their treatment measures.
Exercise Physiologists (EP’s) work more so on the chronic (persistent) conditions, with the main modality of treatment within their scope is exercise. EP’s manipulate exercise via different techniques; intensities, loads, movement patterns, etc. Furthermore, EP’s provide a sustainable plan that is fundamental to fulfilling clients goals for the long term. To contribute exercise, EP’s focus on behavioural and lifestyle modifications to elicit continuing success. We have found that the most practical and effective approach is a collaborative effort with both Physio’s and Ep’s. Together, both health professionals have the aim of improving quality of life for all individuals as they provide the tools for empowerment to take control of life. Just like bread and butter, Physiotherapists and EP’s complement each other.
Written by Mike Stitt (Exercise Physiologist) and Kojo Arthur (Physiotherapist)