What is an Exercise Physiologist?

 

Exercise Physiologists are your expert specialists in delivering evidence based exercise for rehabilitation and health!!!

 

An Exercise Physiologist is an Allied Health Professional who has completed 4-5 years of University studies in the human body’s responses to physical activity and exercise. These responses include how the heart, circulation, muscle, nervous and respiratory structures adapt to exercise becoming more effective and efficient with exercise.

 

Main area of focus

 

Exercise Physiologists utilise specific therapeutic exercise to prevent and manage medical conditions as well as soft tissue and joint injuries. In simple terms, Exercise Physiologists use exercise as the medicine.  (Refer to common conditions we treat using exercise as the medicine) 

 

Exercise Physiologists not only treat people with medical conditions but they also assist people with their general health, fitness and wellbeing too. 

 

The goals of an Exercise Physiologist are to improve the health, wellbeing, function and quality of life of people through their specialised exercise programs. 

 

Conditions we treat

 

Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists are trained to use exercise as medicine in a wide variety of conditions such as:

  • Spinal injuries and back pain 

  • Shoulder, hip, knee and ankle injuries 

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis 

  • Poor posture

  • Fibromyalgia  

  • Pre and post joint surgery

  • Type 1 & 2 Diabetes

  • Obesity 

  • Heart disease 

  • Asthma and Emphysema 

  • Parkinson’s Disease 

  • Multiple Sclerosis 

  • Stroke

  • Mental illness- e.g. exercise for depression

  • Women’s health- e.g. pelvic floor weakness,  preparing the body for pregnancy, pregnancy and post pregnancy 

  • Poor balance 

  • Children’s health- e.g. Autism, Cerebral Palsy

What our treatment process involves

 

At Kinetic Exercise Physiology our Accredited Exercise Physiologists; 

  • Initially perform a medical history review and thorough musculoskeletal and physical assessment. This ensures a safe and effective individualised exercise program is designed specific to the client’s needs.

  • Supervise and guide clients safely and correctly through their exercise program either individually or in a group setting. 

  • Perform reassessments to monitor progress and success of the exercise program.

  • Provide high level of professional advice and education as clients embark on their new exercise program.

 

Why choose us?

 

Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists:

  • Have full accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA), the national governing body of Exercise Physiologists in Australia. Being part of this organisation means our qualifications are updated on a regular basis on the latest exercise, medical and health science research due to ongoing professional development. This therefore ensures our clients are dealing with a leading exercise professional who will offer the most up-to-date information on their condition and give them a guaranteed high quality exercise program specific to their needs.

  • Are trained in treating multiple medical conditions and cover all areas in need during consultations (For example we can treat back pain, diabetes and obesity all at once). 

  • Associate with General Practitioners, Specialists and other Health Professionals to provide our clients with the best results.

  • Are all about self-management and encourage our clients to learn about their conditions as we educate and teach them how to manage it through exercise at home.

Exercise is Medicine

 

When we think of medicine for the treatment of medical conditions we think of pills.  However, exercise is one of the most powerful medicines in the prevention and managment of medical conditions.  It is also natural and has no side effects if prescribed correctly!!!  General practitioners often recommend exercise as a form of treatment for medical conditions either in conjunction with pills or alone.  Research has proven that exercise at the correct duration and intensity, not only improves quality of life, but it also reduces the risk of developing medical conditions and complications associated with medical conditions.  

 

Exercise Facts

 

Regular exercise prescribed at the correct duration and intensity can:

  • Significantly improve overall health

  • Decrease the risk of heart disease by 40%

  • Reduce the risk of stroke by 27%

  • Lower the incidence of high blood pressure by almost 50%

  • Reduce the incidence of diabetes by almost 50% 

  • Decrease mortality and risk of recurrent breast cancer by almost 50%

  • Reduce the risk of colon cancer by over 60%

  • Lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by one-third

  • Reduce depression as effectively as medications or behavioural therapy

 

Ref: Excercise is Medicine (AU) brochure

 

If you have a risk factor (e.g. high blood pressure) which places you at risk of developing a chronic medical condition (e.g. heart disease) or you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition (e.g. diabetes), our Accredited Exercise Physiologists can help you by using exercise as medicine and prescribe you with a specialised exercise program with correct exercises that will give you positive health results!!

 

ABC Catalyst - Exercise is Medicine

 

This video explains the benefits of exercise in the treatment of cancer and diabetes.