Exercise Physiology: the specialist delivery of exercise and lifestyle therapies recommended (or often referred by medical practitioners) for the prevention and management of many chronic diseases, injuries and disabilities.
What does an Exercise Physiologist do?
For example, as part of a multi-disciplinary (GP-referred) Chronic Disease Management plan, Exercise Physiology might be recommended to assist with:
Safely and effectively optimise your weight management
Gain control of your diabetes
Managing nerve pain, arthritis and joint pain
Recover from injuries and return you to sport or work
Falls prevention and balance problems
Prevent further progression of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
Improve your condition during or recovering from cancer treatment (rehabilitation)
Improve cognitive function
Pre and post surgical rehabilitation
With mental health conditions
With pulmonary disease
Improve your general health, wellbeing and quality of life and more!
Please consult your GP or Exercise Physiologist to discuss if any of the above examples might be appropriate in the individual management of your specific condition or assisting in your rehabilitation or recovery.
Exercise Physiologists will use their skills in exercise prescription, combined with their training in behaviour change to empower clients and assist them to manage their health independently.
Exercise Physiology services include:
Initial assessment to determine health status and exercise/physical activity history
Explain how exercise therapy will help treat or improve your condition and quality of life
Discussing your exercise and health goals and strategies to achieve these goals
Completing a physical assessment to determine your current physical abilities to enable a program to be designed
Development of an exercise program, clinical or home bases, individual or group
Instruction on how to complete the exercise program, including discussion on the role of the exercise and how to achieve good technique
Written reports back to your doctor/practice nurse/or specialist, detailing your exercise plan and progress
Ongoing assessment to track your progress and identify changes to your program that need to occur
10 reasons to seek individually prescribed exercise:
Might assist in decreasing your blood pressure, cholesterol and your risk of heart attack (especially when prescribed as part of a multi-disciplinary management plan).
Improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Potentially reduce future health related medical costs (preventative approach e.g reducing diabetes risk).
Help decrease stress levels by releasing endorphins.
Appropriate exercise may assist you in maintaining a healthy weight.
Help you feel more energetic, confident, happy and relaxed as you will be shown how to correctly perform exercises that develop core and pelvic stability and focus on posture correction.
May assist you sleep better.
Aims to improve balance and posture and maintain healthy bones and strong muscles.
Active kids keep busy out of school and are more likely to have better concentration while they're in school.
It is a fun way to spend time with family and friends and a great way to meet new people, e.g group exercise or a take-home exercise plan.
A number of subsidies are available for Exercise Physiology treatment under Medicare Australia, The Department of Veterans' Affairs and WorkCover. Clients are also able to attract private health fund rebates from a growing number of health insurers. For further information check with your GP, or Private Health Insurer to see if you have the appropriate level of 'extras' cover.
• Postural & functional assessment
• Prescribed exercise program / management plans
• Determine health status
• Develop health goal strategies
60 minute initial consultation
30 minute return consultation
60 minute extended consultation