Allied Health Professions – Which one to pick?

Myotherapists, physiotherapists and other health professions: the difference

Allied Health Professions – Which one to pick?

Allied Health Professional. VFA Learning

Allied Health. VFA Learning, 2015.

Here is a run-down of the common services provided by Allied Health Professionals in Australia and what the Australian accrediting bodies say about these recognised professions.

Physiotherapists-

According to the APA (Australian Physiotherapists Association), ‘Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.’ Physiotherapists use a number of modalities to treat their patients; they include but are not limited to: – Soft tissue mobilisation – Hydrotherapy – Dry needling – Joint manipulation and mobilisation – Exercise programs

Myotherapists-

ANTA (Australian Natural Therapies Association) believes that ‘Myotherapy is a method for relieving pain based on the application of pressure at trigger points throughout the body. Myotherapy is founded on the notion that relief of tension in the muscle followed by revitalisation of the relieved muscle through stretching promotes healing and reduces the disposition of the muscle and the nerve to cause further pain. It can help people suffering from many types of head, back, and neck pain. It also relieves the discomfort of carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. Patients suffering from multiple sclerosis experience reductions in swelling.’ Myotherapists use a number of modalities to treat their patients; these include: – Massage – Cupping – Dry needling – TENS – Trigger Point Therapy (Study an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at VFA Learning)

Osteopaths-

ANTA (Australian Natural Therapies Association) explains osteopathy as a treatment that ‘recognises the importance of the link between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on the body’s skeleton and joint function along with the underlying muscles, soft tissue and internal organs. Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. Utilising a highly developed sense of touch, they identify problem areas of the body. Using gentle stretching and mobilising techniques as well as manipulating joints, an osteopath works with the body to create the perfect conditions to facilitate the healing process.’ Osteopathy treatment involves combined soft-tissue releasing techniques, and some specific adjustments affecting joints and soft-tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments).

Chiropractors-

ANTA also recognises the chiropractic allied health profession and supports its focus on, ‘diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine, under the hypothesis that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system. Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative medicine which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body).’

Kinesiologist-

The AKA (Australian Kinesiology Association) is a non – profit organisation that represents the professional interests of kinesiology practitioners and states that, ‘Kinesiology, which is a combination of ancient, eastern science and western muscle monitoring, balances the body on many levels. Its effective results come from the way it works with the body’s innate healing intelligence to restore balance and health to neurological and physiological function. Through this modality, profound changes may be experienced emotionally, mentally and physically, thereby increasing a person’s health and wellbeing. When our system is functioning well, we feel well.

The real goal of any Kinesiology ‘balance’ is to identify the bottom-line cause of any imbalance and then resolve it. It may be nutritional, emotional, structural, psychological, energetic or even spiritual.’ So, whatever the issue, there is someone that can help you get back on track.

In mind, body and spirit.

Krystal McCluskey, VFA Learning, 2015.

To learn more click on the following links below:

Learn more about Physiotherapy here

Learn more about Myotherapy here

Learn more about Kinesiology here