They are university trained health professionals who provide exercise and lifestyle modification programs to people suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart attack recovery, high blood pressure and after injuries. Exercise physiologist also work with the elderly in falls prevention and improving balance. Exercise Physiologists have the knowledge to prescribe the right program depending upon your individual goals. Hence, they can work with a wide variety of patients.
From an athlete wanting to get back to sport after an injury or a person who has suffered a heart attack. They also work with people suffering from chronic lung diseases. Weight loss is a particularly important area where exercise physiologists help tremendously.
At Get Better Physiotherapy Centre, our therapist may see patients in the clinic, gym or a pool. They provide exercises in the pool or the gym depending on the patient's needs.
Exercise Physiologist treat and manager a broad range of conditions that are preventable and treatable. These may include the following:
When you first arrive for your appointment, the therapist will do a complete assessment of your condition to find out our goals. This is done by asking specific questions about your lifestyle, exercise history etc. Followed by specific tests to understand your fitness level. This is then followed by an explanation of how exercise therapy will help to treat or improve the condition.
Based on the fitness level, the therapist will make an exercise program to suit your lifestyle and liking. This may be in the home, at your gym or even in a group class. The exercise physiologist will show you the correct way of doing each exercise. In addition to this, they will email a program with videos and instructions.
At the end of the first session, you will receive a treatment plan to detail your road to recovery. This will enable you to plan ahead and be consistent with the program. It is important to then schedule future sessions to monitor your progress and keep you accountable. Our Exercise Physiologist work in close association with the doctors and send them written reports on the patients progress.