What is an Exercise Physiologist?
Exercise Physiologists (EPs) are university qualified allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. They utilise evidence based exercise for the treatment and management of any condition where exercise can improve a patients clinical status. This is not limited to cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancer, kidney, respiratory / pulmonary and mental health conditions.
In order to achieve accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist (AEP) they are required to undergo extensive clinical practicum experience.
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:
- follow on from physiotherapy or osteopathy treatment.
- as part of a Return to Work Conditioning program in the event of a workplace injury.
- as part of a GP chronic disease management OR NDIS plan.
- for exercise advice regarding a specific condition or injury.
- as part of a pain management program.
Evidence based exercise 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?
Initial Consultation- 45 minutes: You will discuss your medical history and exercise history, physical capacity, expectations and goals. This establishes a snapshot at where you are at and enables the EP to indicate a timeline for rehabilitation.
Ongoing consultations – 30-45 minutes: You will commence your personalised program specific to your condition(s). This may be a home exercise program, in clinic session or a combination of both. You will receive exercise technique feedback, education, troubleshooting and accountability.
Review 45 minutes : A reassessment will occur around the 6-8 week mark to view your progress. You will be able to compare your physical capacity to that of your initial consultation.
What to wear to the consultation?
Flat shoes/sneakers and comfortable clothing that enables you move your hips and legs freely. Please do not feel you have to turn up in exercise attire.
What other services does an EP offer?
Condition Specific Exercise Programming
Functional Rehabilitation and Pilates Classes
Cardiovascular Risk Screening
Falls Risk Screening
Injury Risk Screening
Health and Well Being Assessments
Return to Work Programs
Chronic Disease Management including GP and NDIS Plans
Mum’s and Bubs Return to Exercise