So, you’re like a Personal Trainer? Or a Physio? Raise your hand if you have never heard of an “Exercise Physiologist”? We have imagined that the majority of people who have clicked on this blog post have their hands up. So, let’s first clarify who and what Exercise Physiologist is.
An Exercise Physiologist is an allied health professional who has obtained the highest level of education and training to prescribe clinical exercise interventions to a broad range of populations. Whether it is a chronic condition, illness, or disability, Exercise physiologists specialise in prescribing and delivering effective and safe exercise programs.
Why is Exercise Physiology Important?
We all know how important it is to exercise and many health professionals – including your General Practitioner, encourage us to undertake physical activity and structured exercise regularly. You should see an Exercise Physiologist if you want to undertake an appropriate exercise program for you or require professional exercise advice.
What Do Exercise Physiologists Do?
Exercise Physiologists (EP) are highly skilled allied health professionals with university qualifications, specializing in exercise and movement interventions for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.
Working as part of a comprehensive multidisciplinary team, AEPs offer valuable support to individuals dealing with various health conditions, including Obesity, Cardiovascular Disease and Mental health conditions.
How is An Exercise Physiologist Qualified?
Did you know that when it comes to prescribing exercise, Exercise Physiologists’ are the most qualified professionals to do so in Australia?
To practice as an Exercise Physiologist, they need to complete the following:
- A minimum 4-year bachelor or 1.5-year masters degree provided by a National University Course Accredited Program
- Accreditation under a code of ethics – Exercise and Sports Science Australia
- Continuing professional development
Why You Should See an Exercise Physiologist?
There is several different reasons why you may be referred to see an Exercise Physiologist. Or maybe you want to see an Exercise Physiologist to know how to exercise correctly?
You could benefit from working with an Exercise Physiologist to improve your health and well-being if you have one or more of the following:
- Chronic or Acute Pain
- Cardiovascular (high blood pressure, cholesterol. etc.) and Pulmonary Disease (asthma, COPD etc.)
- Neurological Conditions
- Depression and other mental illness’
- Musculoskeletal Conditions (arthritis, osteoporosis, pre/post-surgery)
- Falls risk
- Return to work and sport rehabilitation
In addition, Exercise Physiologists may also assist you with:
- Injury prevention
- Functional Capacity Evaluations
- Educated advice on lifestyle and behavior modification
- Enhancing overall strength, endurance, fitness, and mobility
What Can an Exercise Physiologist Provide?
Exercise Physiologists can provide a range of services from mobility assessments to exercise counselling and rehabilitation programs. At Healthstin, our Exercise Physiologist follow a systematic process to ensure we have covered ALL areas to provide a high-quality service to our clients.
1. Initial Consultation
On your first meeting with an Exercise Physiologist, we will have a detailed discussion about your current and previous health, exercise and medical status. Perform a functional movement assessment with you using standardised tests that will gather baseline information about your current physical capacity. Based on this information we have collected we can then formulate an exercise program that is tailored to your individual needs.
Oh! And don’t forget – GOAL SETTING! We ensure that your program is devised to suit and reach your personal values and attainable goals.
2. Exercise Prescription
We combine clinical judgement and evidence-based practice to formulate and deliver an exercise program that is appropriate and safe for each individual. Our Exercise Physiologists are equipped with the knowledge and tools to take you through your exercise program rep by rep. You’ll leave each session knowing you have physically and mentally worked towards your optimal health status AND have the education on how each exercise is working towards your goals.
3. On-Going Support
Exercise and movement are part of our day-to-day lifestyle, and we are a team of passionate and committed healthcare professionals that help our clients resume their lifelong pursuit of health, fitness and well-being. So, we have implemented the tools to monitor your progress in between supervised sessions to keep you on track, accountable to your health and well-being and progress/regress your program as necessary.
4. Follow Up Consultation
We want to know whether our exercise program is suitable AND how close you are to attain your goals, so we will revisit your baseline measures and perform a functional movement assessment at suitable intervals throughout your program.
5. Report Writing
Our team liaises with other healthcare professionals and support networks to provide a holistic approach to treatment, so if you need a report or a conference call – we are happy to help!
What Personality Traits Do an Exercise Physiologist Have?
Important Qualities of Exercise Physiologists:
- Compassion: Exercise physiologists must exhibit sympathy and understanding when working with patients who may be in considerable pain or discomfort.
- Decision-making skills: They need to possess strong decision-making abilities to make informed choices regarding treatment plans and interventions.
- Attention to detail: Being detail-oriented allows exercise physiologists to carefully observe and assess important factors for accurate diagnoses and recommendations.
- Interpersonal skills: Effective communication and collaboration with patients and other healthcare professionals are essential skills for exercise physiologists to establish strong working relationships.
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY NEAR ME
NOW! It is a fact that Exercise Physiologists can SAVE LIVES through exercise. So why wait? You don’t need to have a referral from your GP to see us. You can simply contact us directly and book an appointment. We would be happy to help you get started!
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