Okay, in the third and final part of our series on who to see for injuries, treatment and advice etc, we will look at food and massage.
A nutritionist is a person who advises on matters of food and nutrition that impacts on our health. There are some Nutritionists that specialise in Sports Nutrition.
A Dietitian alters their patient's nutrition based upon their medical condition and individual needs.
Dietitians are the only healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems. For example, safely regulating the diet of a patient with Crohn’s disease is out of physician's scope of expertise, thus a dietitian must be called to permit any changes based upon their knowledge of nutritional biochemistry.
Dietitians work in a variety of settings from clinical to community and public policy to media communications.
An Occupational therapist uses assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental, or cognitive disorder. Occupational therapists also focus much of their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities.
Occupational therapy is a client-centered practice that places emphasis on the progress towards the client's goals.Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the client.
An Exercise physiologist looks at the physiology of physical exercise. It is the study of the acute responses and chronic adaptations to a wide range of exercise conditions.
Exercise physiologists study the effect of exercise on pathology and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression. Specialise in individualised exercise programs for persons at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic conditions (such as hypertension, heart disease or diabetes) or injuries.
A Massage therapist treats clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.
Hopefully this short series of articles helped and you can now have some more clarity about who to visit for different ailments and advice.