Exercise Physiology

What is Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology is the study and delivery of effective exercise programs in order to rehabilitate pain and discomfort in a person, which may have stemmed from a health condition or injury. An accredited exercises physiologist therefore, specialises in preventing or managing acute, sub-acute or chronic illness in a person, with the aim of optimising a person’s physical function, health or wellbeing.

What do Exercise Physiologists treat and manage?

Exercise Physiologists treat a wide range of issues. We have broken down the different types of conditions that our Exercise Physiologists can treat.

1. Rehabilitation from injury, illness or operation.

The aim of rehabilitation is to minimize one’s loss associated with acute injury or chronic disease, by promoting recovery through maximising fitness, performance and functional capacity. Rehabilitation is crucial to regaining a persons motion and strength, and also to ensure that future injury does not reoccur. Our Exercise Physiologists are experienced in creating rehabilitation exercises to help manage and mitigate injuries.

2. Common Chronic Conditions

Chronic diseases are defined as long lasting health conditions with persistent effects, and were the leading cause of death in Australia in 2018 (89%). The prevalence of these chronic conditions stem from changes to our lifestyles in the last 100 years, such as the result of physical inactivity.

Some common chronic conditions that exercise physiologists can help manage include:

  • Cardiovascular Conditions (such as coronary heart disease and stroke)
  • Mental health disorders (such as depression)
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Metabolic disease
  • Neurological disease
  • Arthritis, Osteoporosis and other Musculoskeletal Conditions

3. Help to improve body functions and conditions

Creating exercise regimes that strengthen the body and increase its range of motion can help to improve the Musculoskeletal system in a person which in turn can reduce the effects of cardiac and pulmonary diseases. It is very well known that physical activity is essential in maintaining a healthy weight, facilitating the movement of blood through the body, and also to prevent the accumulation of cholesterol and excess energy. Our Exercise Physiologists are on hand to provide their expertise and knowledge to help you overcome your condition through a structured and tailored exercise programme. Because each condition will differ between each person, it is important to have a custom-made plan, designed by an accredited exercise physiologist like ours.

What does an Exercise Physiology session include

Exercise Physiology sessions are exercise-based and focus on promoting health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioral change. These services include the preparation of tailored exercise programs, promotion of leisure-time and incidental activity, and counselling to reduce stationary behaviors. This will include an assessment to ensure the activity is safe, effective and likely to be maintained in the long term.

Accredited exercise physiologists can also provide their expertise in the following areas:

  • Assessments of functional capacity
  • Advice on lifestyle modification to improve health status
  • Exercise prescriptions for strength and functional improvement pre- and post- surgery
  • Workplace assessments

What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Physiotherapist?

Both Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists offer services that are designed to promote a person’s physical wellbeing, but there are some distinct differences between the two professions.

Exercise Physiologists focus on treating patients conditions through a range of clinical exercise interventions, in which their focal point revolves around behavioural change. They can also provide treatments for diseases and conditions that are not typically focused on by physiotherapists.

Physiotherapists on the other hand are accredited health care professionals who help people treat and manage an injury, illness or disability through promoting movement, manual therapy, physical techniques, education and advice.

Do I need a referral for an Exercise Physiologists?

No. You can seek the assistance of an Exercise Physiologist independently and self-refer. It is also claimable under Private Health as a separate allowance to Physiotherapy.

How do I book an appointment with an Exercise Physiologist?

If you would like to book in with one of our experienced and accredited Exercise Physiologists, please give us a call and one of our friendly staff members would love to help you to begin your road to recovery!

Health First Mt Isa