Exercise is one of the best forms of medicine you can have! It treats injuries, reduces pain, manages & improves chronic conditions, improves mental health, reduces risk of disease and prevents injuries. Anyone can exercise, however, when you have an injury or condition it is a good idea to utilise our exercise physiologists for guidance in this field.
So, what is an exercise physiologist?
An exercise physiologist’s role is to prescribe specified, safe and effective exercises to treat people who have obtained an injury, medical condition, and/or a disability. They are accredited allied health professionals who want to assist you in achieving your goals and further improving your quality of life. They will do this through providing exercise interventions that focus on strength, mobility, cardiovascular fitness, education, advice and goal setting.
Will I need a Doctor’s referral to see an exercise physiologist?
You do not need a doctor’s referral to see an exercise physiologist however your GP may refer you to one if you are a war veteran, using work cover or if they think you will benefit from the services. An exercise physiologist’s services are also claimable under compensable schemes such as Medicare and covered by most private health insurers.
What type of treatments do exercise physiologist use?
An exercise physiologist will first assess your condition or injury and complete a range of specified assessments to understand where you’re at physically and also track your progress that will be made along the way. They will develop an exercise intervention that will incorporate a range of exercises to suit your needs.
These will involve muscle strengthening, stretching, neural activation, breathing/relaxation, cardiovascular exercise, as well as incorporating Pilates and hydrotherapy. All specifically designed to attend to your needs.
What can exercise physiologist help me with?
Exercise physiologists are equipped to help people with a wide range of injuries and conditions, these include:
Musculoskeletal injuries, e.g.
- Knee rehabilitation
- Lower back pain
- Ankle sprains/strains
- Tennis/golfers elbow
- Shoulder injuries (frozen shoulder, dislocations etc.)
- Abdominal weakness
Neurological conditions, e.g.
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Acquired brain injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Parkinsons disease
- Intellectual disabilities
Other common areas that exercise physiologists assist in include weight loss, cardiovascular rehabilitation, diabetes, chronic fatigue etc.