What is an Exercise Physiologist?
Exercise physiologists (EPs) are allied health professionals with a four year university degree. They are regulated by Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). EPs utilise exercise like medicine, and implement evidence based exercise for specific conditions. Whilst EPs can treat a wide variety of chronic conditions, many have a focus area which they are particularly well researched in. Gemma our EP, has extensive knowledge in the area of persisting pain conditions such as chronic lower back pain.
Why see an Exercise Physiologist?
Exercise Physiology benefits patients with chronic condition(s), those who need specific advice on exercising, or have limitations in their capacity for daily function. Patients regularly see an EP as part of a Return to Work Conditioning program in the event of a workplace injury.
Evidence based exercises and individualised education is implemented in a graded manner to improve your ability to move and perform your daily tasks, decrease your pain and enable you to better manage your condition.
What should you expect?
Gemma will conduct an initial consultation to discuss your medical and exercise history, physical capacity, expectations and goals. This will enable her to provide you with a personalised program specific to your condition. You may then be given a program that utilities the rehabilitation equipment in the clinic gym, a take home exercise program or a combination of both. This initially focuses on building mobility and strength appropriate to your condition and goals.
Following completion of your program, a review will be conducted and compared to the initial assessment to examine the program’s effectiveness, your enjoyment and progression.
Ultimately, it is Gemma’s goal to have you equipped with the knowledge and exercises to self-manage your condition.
What do you wear to the consultation?
Flat shoes or sneakers and comfortable clothing that enables you move your hips and legs freely. You don’t have to turn up in exercise attire!