Who is an Exercise Physiologist?
According to ESSA [ Exercise and Sports science Australia] , they are university qualified allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge and skills to design safe and effective programs for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. They help people suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart attack recovery, high blood pressure and injuries. Also, work with the elderly in falls prevention and improving balance. Having the knowledge to prescribe the right program depending on your individual goals, 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 and obesity for weight loss.
At Get Better Physiotherapy Centre, our therapist treats patients in the clinic, gym or a pool. They provide exercises in the pool or the gym depending on the patient’s needs.
Who should see an Exercise Physiologist?
People suffering from the following chronic conditions are seen by us:
- Recovery after an injury
- Getting back to sport after an injury
Obesity for weight loss
type 2 and type 1 diabetes
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Asthma and chronic lung disease
High blood pressure
Lower back pain
Depression and anxiety
- Bad Posture
recovery after stroke
- Poor balance
What is involved in a session with an Exercise Physiologist?
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.