There are many types of therapist out there, all calling themselves something different, having completed different training and offering different treatments and services. How do you know which one to visit to meet your requirements?
Or maybe you are thinking of training to work in the sports injury field and are not sure which profession to choose?
Have a look at the following pages to find out about different types of therapist, what injuries they treat, what methods they use, what training they have undertaken and who their professional association is:
Physical therapists work in the USA and are the American equivalent of a Physiotherapist. They help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.
What is a Physiotherapist?
A Physiotherapist is a therapist who helps patients recover from injury and illness. Physiotherapy is a profession which is very popular in the UK, Europe and Australia.
What is a Podiatrist?
A Podiatrist diagnoses and treats abnormalities of the lower limb. They give professional advice on the prevention of foot problems and on proper care of the foot.
What is a Sports Massage Therapist?
There is both much confusion over what a Sports Masseur is and what one does or can offer. This is due to the fact that there are so many people practicing ‘massage' and so many practitioners with different skills and levels of experience.
What is a Sports Rehabilitator?
A Sports Rehabilitator is an individual who has graduated from a degree-level Sport Rehabilitation course. Sport Rehabilitators work in the field of sports medicine and have been specifically trained to deal with injuries through every stage, from the initial onset through to late stage, return to sport rehabilitation.
What is a Sports Therapist?
Sports Therapists treat not only 'injured athletes', but also deal with many common muscular complaints such as back pain, mobility problems. Sports therapy qualifications can vary considerably.
What is an Athletic Therapist?
Athletic therapy is a Canadian profession, governed by the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association (CATA). Athletic therapists treat a range of people. Some will work in professional sports teams and others in injury clinics. Here they treat people with all musculoskeletal conditions, not only sporting injuries.
What is an Occupational Therapist?
Occupational therapists work in both the UK and the USA. Their role is to assist their patients in activities of daily living, helping them overcome disabilities such as injuries and medical conditions.
What is an Osteopath?
According to the General Osteopathic Council "Osteopathy is a way of detecting and treating damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints.