What is a PHYSIOLOGIST?!
Phys·i·ol·o·gy - (fizēˈäləjē/)
the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts: the way in which a living organism or bodily part functions.
What is EXERCISE physiology?
"Exercise physiology is a sub-discipline of kinesiology that addresses 1) the short-term biological responses to the stress of physical activity and 2) how the body adapts to repeated bouts of physical activity over time. As such, exercise physiology professionals often have the responsibility of conditioning a person to a higher level of fitness and/or health while, at the same time, being aware of safety issues (risk of injury, illness, environmental exposure, etc.) associated with a single session of exercise. The type of client that can benefit from training under an exercise physiology professional varies greatly, ranging from world class athletes wishing to improve their performance to patients with chronic illnesses wishing to increase or maintain their ability to accomplish activities of daily living."
Paul Davis - Associate Professor of Kinesiology
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (NC)
Essentially, this means that a physiologist is someone that has been degreed or accredited in a particular area of how your body works. There are different degrees of physiological expertise beyond this depending on the level of education or specialty. For instance, a person can be a medical physiologist and have an MD; an exercise physiologist with a bachelors, masters or doctorate in exercise physiology (BA, BS, MS, MA, MEd, or PhD) or other specialties within the category.
How can addressing your health from the physiological perspective help YOU?
The problem with taking your weight loss, nutritional, exercise or other concerns to the typical trainer or doctor is that their interpretation of the situation is usually limited. In the case of a trainer, getting a certification online that teaches you how to perform sets and reps does not prepare you to deal with eating disorders, post-rehabilitation, etc. In the case of a medical professional, they are typically limited to their specialty, as they pertain to disease (because that's how their services are insurable) and are not as versed in how the body performs in optimal conditions. Instead, looking at health from the physiological perspective, means looking at the situation from how the body works rather than
Having someone with more of an integrated perspective, that can bridge the gap between these areas, makes it easier to help you toward optimal function. An educated and experienced physiologist will be able to deduce links between specific movement imbalances, blood chemistry and nutritional factors to more efficiently get you where you want to go. We are not the "end-all" though. Like any other qualified practitioner, we know our limits and when referrals are necessary. Our coaches have shown competence in both exercise and nutrition, but we contract specialty nutrition and lab-testing to our trusted state-licensed affiliates.
Being able to evaluate your limitations from as large a scope as possible, and narrowing the potential causes to as few as manageable, gives you the power to be a part of the decision-making process. At SYXGEN, we refer to this process as Integrated Physiology; as it is a collaboration of lifestyle, nutrition, exercise and medical physiology taken together to create a more complete picture. More context lends more understanding, so let us take a look at your health in a Needs Assessment and make sense of your situation. We look forward to putting the pieces together for you using an integrated physiological perspective, and can't wait to witness your progress!