Exercise Physiology

South Yarra Exercise Physiologist Helps You to Keep Moving For Life!

Our Exercise Physiologists are focused on keeping active Australians pain-free and injury-free.  We’ll keep you moving for life.

Exercise physiologists hold, at a minimum, a 4-year degree, which equips them with the knowledge and skills to design and deliver exercise programs for people with medical conditions or injuries.

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) specialises in exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for your lifestyle and performance needs. As well as those that have developed, or are at risk of developing, chronic and complex medical conditions. 

Our team of experienced Exercise Physiologists at South Yarra Spine & Sports Medicine is dedicated to providing you with personalised care and expert guidance to help you achieve optimal health and well-being. 

Through our holistic approaches, we take into account your physical, emotional, and mental aspects to tailor a program that suits your overall needs. Whether you are looking to manage a chronic condition, prevent future health issues, or improve your athletic performance, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

If you’re seeking exercise physiology services, get in touch with our team to discuss how we can improve your quality of life today. Or, if you’re ready to get started with your first appointment, book online today!


What is Exercise Physiology? 

Exercise Physiology is a branch of healthcare that focuses on using exercise prescription and lifestyle modifications to prevent and manage injuries and chronic conditions.

What Does an Exercise Physiologist Do?

An Exercise Physiologist is a qualified healthcare professional who assesses, develops, and delivers exercise and rehabilitation programs tailored to individual needs. They work with clients to improve overall health, manage chronic conditions, and enhance athletic performance.

Here are some specific techniques, treatments, and exercises you can expect from our expert Exercise Physiologists:

  • Manual therapy techniques, such as joint mobilisation and manipulation, to improve joint mobility and alleviate pain.
  • Soft tissue techniques, including massage and myofascial release, to release tension and promote relaxation.
  • Exercise therapy to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and enhance overall range of motion.
  • Postural re-education and correction to address imbalances and promote proper alignment.
  • Injury-specific rehabilitation exercises to aid in the recovery and healing process.
  • Modalities such as heat therapy or ultrasound to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Education and guidance on injury prevention techniques and strategies.

What are the Benefits of Exercise Physiology?

Exercise Physiology offers a wide range of benefits, including improving cardiovascular health, managing chronic conditions like diabetes and obesity, enhancing strength and flexibility, managing pain, and promoting mental well-being.

When Should I See an Exercise Physiologist?

You may benefit from seeing an Exercise Physiologist if you have a chronic condition, want to improve your overall health and fitness, need assistance in managing your weight, or if you’re an athlete seeking expert guidance to enhance performance.

Does Medicare Cover Exercise Physiology?

Yes, Medicare covers Exercise Physiology services under the Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDMP). This allows eligible patients to receive up to five rebatable sessions per calendar year. Additional coverage may be available through private health insurance.

If you require further appointments beyond the five included in your Medicare rebate, we recommend speaking to your health insurance provider to find out what kind of assistance your plan provides.

How Does Exercise Physiology Help Athletes?

Exercise Physiology helps athletes improve performance, prevent injuries, and overcome obstacles through tailored training programs, performance analysis, injury prevention strategies, and specific exercises to enhance strength, endurance, and agility.

We believe in a holistic approach to athlete care that focuses on the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of performance. Our exercise physiologists can help athletes with:

  • Tailored training programs to improve strength, endurance, speed, and agility
  • Performance analysis to identify areas of improvement and potential injury risks
  • Injury prevention strategies to minimise the risk of future injuries
  • Nutritional guidance to support athletic performance and recovery
  • Mental skills training to enhance focus, concentration, and overall mental well-being

What’s the Difference Between Exercise Physiology and Physiotherapy?

Exercise Physiology focuses on exercise prescription and lifestyle modifications to prevent and manage chronic conditions, while Physiotherapy focuses on assessing, diagnosing, and treating musculoskeletal injuries and conditions through manual therapy, exercise therapy, and other techniques. Both work together and complement each other in providing comprehensive care.

What Tailored Programs Do You Offer in Exercise Physiology?

We’re glad you asked! At South Yarra Spine & Sports Medicine, we offer several targeted programs within our Exercise Physiology services. These include:

Isokinetic Knee Assessment: Utilising advanced technology with Isokinetic biomechanical testing, we can assess and treat major knee injuries like ACL tears. This is a major element in knee reconstruction and can provide a greater understanding of muscular strength and dynamic movement capabilities during rehabilitation.

VO2 Max and Lactic Acid Testing: Incredibly popular with our athletes, VO2 Max and Lactic Acid testing provides a deeper understanding of how your body functions during exercise, which we can then use to target and boost your sports performance.

Clinical Run Screen: Another popular program for runners, athletes, and active individuals, our Clinical Run Screen provides a comprehensive assessment of your running gait. You’ll receive a biomechanical report and accurate data that allows us to build a custom training plan and improve any issues.

Snow Sports Injuries: Are you an avid skier? Do you ski or snowboard competitively? Injuries are incredibly common on the snow, and as a more niche sport in Australia, it can be difficult to find specific treatment targeted at snow sports. Our team of Exercise Physiologists can prep you for the season and provide rehabilitation programs tailored to the sport and equipment.

Strength & Conditioning: A staple in Exercise Physiology, Strength & Conditioning is for everyone at every level! At South Yarra Spine & Sports Medicine, we run three classes per week. Your instructor will tailor exercises to suit your individual needs, and over time will help you build up to reach your goals.

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