Physiotherapy vs Exercise Physiology, with Patrick Green

Patrick is both a Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiotherapist at move physio pilates. What’s the difference? Take it away Pat…

Are from Sydney originally?

Yes, born and bred in the Hawkesbury area. I’ve lived there all my life.

Why did you decide to do a Masters of Physiotherapy after working as an Exercise Physiologist?

I essentially wanted to build the knowledge and skills required to do more. I loved the idea of being able to assess acute injuries and diagnose them, before getting stuck into treatment planning and rehabilitation. The role of physiotherapy is really powerful in that acute phase. There’s been a shift of focus in recent years to get people moving better and restoring normal movement quite early on… that’s where we work the hardest. So I guess, for me, it was about being able to have an impact across the whole spectrum from injury to recovery.

What’s exactly is exercise physiology…. for people that aren’t overly familiar with the health industry?

Exercise physiology is about empowering an individual to be accountable for what they’re going through. A lot of it is using strength and mobility or even just neuromuscular control to essentially move better, jump higher or grow stronger. One of the profession's big focuses is chronic disease management. That’s where exercise physiology has the most scope, by empowering people to manage long-term or chronic issues such as cardio-vascular disease, musculoskeletal or mental health conditions. In regards to the latter, there's plenty of evidence for the role of exercise to reduce and improve social anxiety and depression and improve someone’s overall quality of life.

So there is some cross-over between the two?

I often find that initially people require a lot of hands on manual treatment but for long term management and effectiveness they need to be able to take control of their recovery, which puts the onus on them to get better. For this reason my exercise physiology qualification makes me a better physio. Having that understanding of how the body moves through the exercise components assists in identifying where weaknesses and restrictions might be in someone’s movement. My physio skills then enable me to correct those restrictions or limitations.

You’ve worked with the Sydney Roosters NRL team as well as other elite teams, is sport a huge area of interest for you?

I really enjoy working with athletes. I loved my stint with the Roosters, where I was involved in doing a biomechanical analysis with each of the players. We essentially filmed the players running and used that footage to identify insufficiencies or limitations in their technique. I have to say the scariest part was having Anthony Minichiello run head on at me!

I hear you were pretty handy with a football yourself growing up…?

Yes I’ve always played lots of sport. All sports. You name it. I played soccer from the age of 6 to a representative level, softball, rugby, grade cricket, golf from the age of about age 2 as well. I now really enjoy following the English Premier League and A league.

What gets you out of bed in the morning and into work?

The desire to help people. That might sound a bit corny but knowing that coming into work gives me the opportunity to enable people to move better, be stronger, have less pain and do what they want to do on a day-to-day basis is pretty special.

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