How can seeing an exercise physiologist help you?

You’ve been told by your doctor to exercise more, but aren’t sure what to do? You have an injury and don’t want to make it worse? You’ve been as active as you can, but still aren’t able to improve your condition or reach your goal? An exercise physiologist can help!

What is an exercise physiologist?

Exercise physiologists 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.

Exercise physiology interventions aim to prevent or manage any chronic disease or injures, and to assist in restoring your optimal physical function, health or wellness. These interventions are exercise-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change. 

We will assess and make sure that the exercises prescribed are safe and effective for you. Don’t let your injuries or health conditions prevent you from being active!

What is the difference between exercise physiologists and personal trainers?

Similar to how a doctor prescribes medicine, exercise physiologists prescribe exercise programs. When deciding on the correct program to prescribe, we consider a range of factors about the client’s condition, any other unrelated conditions, previous injuries or health problems, & the client’s previous exercise experience.

Personal trainers do not receive such extensive education or training in physiology, biochemistry or pathology to treat chronic health conditions. Therefore they are not able to give advice if a client has significant restrictions due to injury or disease.

What is the difference between exercise physiologists and physiotherapists?

Exercise physiologists offers hands-off treatment, prescribing specific clinical exercise programs for patients. On the other hand, physiotherapists offer hands-on, physical treatments such as joint manipulation, massage and acupuncture.

Exercise physiologists specialise in preventing and treating injuries, complex medical conditions and chronic conditions. A chronic health condition is one that has lasted for longer than 6 months & can be musculoskeletal, metabolic or cardiovascular.

Exercise physiologists also receive extensive training & education in the physiology of metabolic (eg. diabetes, obesity) & cardiovascular health conditions. This gives us the skills & expertise necessary to prescribe exercise for people suffering from these health conditions. Physiotherapists don’t receive training to the same level in these conditions.

What will an exercise physiology appointment involve?

  • Implementation of safe exercises, considering the risk stratification, contraindications, medications, comorbidities, goals and function
  • Assessments of exercise capacity through conduction of health screenings
  • Monitoring, analysing and interpreting health outcomes
  • Implementing clinical reasoning to design, deliver, modify and evaluate an appropriate tailored exercise intervention
  • Monitoring and interpreting at rest, exercise and recovery
  • Considering biopsychosocial factors by targeting behavioural change through education 

We can provide exercise interventions for:

  • Weight loss
  • Gout
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Neurological conditions
  • Pulmonary conditions
  • Chronic pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

If you have a condition not listed above and would like to know whether seeing a exercise physiologist would help, please do not hesitate to contact us prior to booking an appointment!