I refer every single one of my clients to a pelvic floor (PF) physiotherapist at some point along their journey with me. The question I usually get in response is, "why do I have to see them if I'm seeing you?"
In truth, I love this question since it gives me the opportunity to explain the differences between the two and how we work so well together as a team.
I like to give them something to relate it to. I tell them, "A kinesiologist is to a Physiotherapist, similar to what a nurse is to a doctor." We work really well under their guidance and don't have as much schooling behind us.
As a kinesiologist, I am unable to diagnose physiological symptoms my clients may be experiencing such as knee pain, shoulder pain, pressure in their pelvis, etc. With my education, I can come up with a pretty accurate hypothesis of what I think it may be, and provide exercise prescription with that knowledge, but I am unable to actually tell my client what it is.
As a physiotherapist, however, they are able to diagnose the pain (remember, these are non-medical diagnosis! They are not doctors). What I mean is, they can perform more thorough movement assessments and will be able to tell you if your knee pain may be caused by muscle or meniscus, for example. Also that your pelvic pressure is being cause by pelvic organ prolapse.
A PF physio is also so much more than this. They can treat the entire body, not just the pelvis, but they are able to do an internal assessment of the pelvic floor to really find out what is going on with those muscles and organs. With this information, they can prescribe movements in order to rehabilitate what is happening.
Once this assessment has occurred, I usually reach out to the physio to get a short summary of what they found (with my client's consent). Having this information allows me to provide my client with an even more accurate strength program that suits their needs more specifically.
As a kinesiologist, I am able to take many courses on top of my education that allow me to perform different types of assessments and treatment methods. For example, I am also able to perform Functional Movement Screens (FMS), Soft Tissue Release (STR), Fascial Movement Taping (FMT), and have taken even more courses than that. As long as I have taken a course, these modalities fall under my scope of practice. This is similar with a physiotherapist, only they have more education and access to different types of courses than kinesiologists (for example dry needling).
I hope this helps explain how Kin and Physio work together! Please contact me if you have any questions :)
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