The kinesiologist is a health professional who specializes in physical activity and uses the movement for prevention, treatment and performance.
The kinesiologist is the health professional who practices kinesiology. The word kinesiology comes from the words kinesi which means movement and logic, which means science. Kinesiology is therefore the science of movement.
Massage therapy involves the assessment of soft tissues and joints in the body, treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and other physical disorders of soft tissues and joints using massage techniques and to develop, maintain, augment or rehabilitate physical functions, relieve pain and promote health. The practice of massage therapy is framed by an educational intervention process based on a holistic conception of the person.
Osteopathy is an entirely manual medical practice aimed at restoring the functions of all structures and systems of the human body. Its purpose is to assist the body’s capacity for self-regulation.
The effectiveness of its technique is based on extensive understanding of the health sciences and the specific interactions that maintain homeostasis (balance within the organism).
Thorough and precise palpation (manual examination) allow for complete overall investigation of the possible causes of neuromuscular, skeletal, visceral, and cranial dysfunction.
Whether preventative or reparative, the concept of osteopathy is characterized by its focus on individualized treatment.
Physiotherapy is a healthcare discipline concerned with promoting health and preventing disease by examining, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating impairments and disabilities that affect the nervous, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary systems.
Put another way, physiotherapy treats functional limitations arising from injuries and diseases that affect muscles, joints, and bones, as well as the nervous (brain, nerves, spinal cord), respiratory (lungs), circulatory (blood vessels), and cardiac (heart) systems.
Physiotherapy seeks to help patients regain maximal physical capacity according to their own potential for recovery. To this end, physiotherapy professionals employ a variety of treatment methods including manual techniques, exercises, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, and heat therapy and cold therapy.
These methods encourage patients to participate in their own recovery so they can acquire the physical abilities needed to function in society, perform daily activities, succeed at work, and participate in leisure and sport activities.
Nutrition is the science linking food to the process of use in the body, which is therefore fundamentally related to health. Beyond the science of food and nutrients, nutrition is a part of the daily life and physiological needs of every individual, regardless of the stage of life (infant, preschool, adolescent, adult, perinatal, aging).
Nutrition can act as a prevention, as a therapeutic treatment, encompassing several interventions in terms of healthy weight management, reducing pain related to excess weight, optimizing athletic performance, managing intolerances and allergies, adapt food according to the digestive symptoms that may be underlying various conditions, ensure that the needs are met in perinatal conditions and ensure adequate growth of the child, and adapt diet according to chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and much more.
The nutritionist is therefore a specialist in food and human nutrition, providing a nutritional treatment adapted and personalized according to the needs, whether short or long term. Most importantly, the nutritionist leads the individual to adopt and maintain healthy eating habits, a balanced diet in order to maintain, restore or optimize health, while still retaining the pleasure of eating.
Certified Athletic Therapists are best known for their quick-thinking on-field emergency care of professional and elite athletes. The first to respond when someone gets hurt, they are experts at injury assessment and rehabilitation. It’s that same mix of on-site care and active rehabilitation skills that makes Athletic Therapists so effective in treating the musculoskeletal (muscles, bones, and joints) injuries of all Canadians, whether on the field or in the clinic.
Athletic therapists adhere to the Sports Medicine Model of care. They treat a wide range of patients, from kids with concussions to seniors recovering from hip replacement surgery, using various manual therapies, modalities, exercise prescription and even bracing and taping. The treatment varies but the objective doesn’t: an Athletic Therapist's goal is to help clients return to their usual activities, whether that means playing competitive sports or walking to the mailbox and back.
Certified Athletic Therapists can be recognized by the credential CAT(C).