What is the difference between an exercise physiologist and physiotherapist?

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Exercise Physiologist’s use exercise and physical activity for treatment but also look at lifestyle and behaviour modification. They are experts in exercise rehabilitation and metabolic conditions. Their role is to prevent or manage chronic disease, injury and disability. The type of clientele of an Exercise Physiologist includes people with musculoskeletal injuries diabetes, obesity, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidaemia (high cholesterol), hypertension, immune disorders and cardiovascular disease as well as others. Physiotherapists use various treatments such as joint mobilisation and manipulation, massage, electrotherapy, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy. There are three main types of Physiotherapy. Musculoskeletal treats muscles, bones and joints such as back pain, arthritis, workplace, sporting injuries and post orthopaedic surgery. Cardiothoracic to treat disorders of the cardio-respiratory system including asthma, COPD, emphysema as well as rehabilitation after thoracic surgery. Neurological treatment which included disorders like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and post brain surgery rehabilitation.

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