Exercise Physiology is the study of the science and physiological response of the body to exercise. Different types of exercise and intensities have different physiological effects. An Exercise Physiologist is a University-trained allied health professional who uses this information to treat chronic diseases.
We all know that exercise is essential for wellbeing and an overall healthy life, but Exercise Physiology goes one step further than this. We use exercise as medicine, and just the same way that medicine requires a specific dosage to be effective, so does exercise - taking into consideration the modality of exercise (e.g. Aerobic vs resistance), the duration, frequency and intensity of exercise. Exercise Physiology applies these evidence-based principles when treating specific diseases.
An Exercise Physiologist will conduct a thorough assessment to get a proper understanding of your condition and your limitations to provide a safe and individualised exercise program. Overall, an Exercise Physiologist is a specialist in exercise prescription. Whether you have a chronic condition and would like an exercise program that is safe and keeps you healthy, or are looking for a specific exercise rehabilitation program, an Exercise Physiologist is for you.
Some common conditions that can be successfully treated include:
- Diabetes and other metabolic conditions
- Weight loss
- Cardiovascular issues such as heart failure or post stent
- High blood pressure
- Falls risk and balance programs
- Exercise programs for older age groups
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Osteoporosis and bone health
- Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
- Neurological conditions such as Stroke, Parkinson’s & Multiple Sclerosis
What to expect from a session:
The initial consultation will involve a comprehensive subjective and objective assessment of your overall condition. Following this, we will develop a treatment plan together that takes into consideration your condition, musculoskeletal issues, baseline strength and fitness, work and lifestyle goals. The exercise physiologist might flag some concerns in the assessment and recommend referrals to other health professionals such as a physiotherapist or dietitian.
The treatment plan will include a specific exercise program that will initially be supervised one-on-one, providing the confidence and education to be able to complete the program independently. There will then be routine follow-ups for reassessment and progressions to the program. Each case is unique, and therefore each time frame for treatment will be different person to person.
We take a team approach and work closely with your GP, specialist, case manager and other health professionals involved.
Is EP covered by Private Health Funds, Medicare or other services?
Exercise Physiology is covered by the majority of Health Funds. Please check your individual policy for your level of cover.
You do not require a referral from your doctor to see an Exercise Physiologist.
However, you will require a doctor’s referral for funding through Medicare, DVA and Workers Comp.
Our Exercise Physiologist is also a registered NDIS provider. Anyone with a chronic condition that is affecting their daily living to a certain capacity is eligible for NDIS funding. Please ask your GP for further information.
Home visits are available.