What is an Exercise Physiologist?
What is an exercise physiologist?
Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases, and musculoskeletal injuries. AEPs provide support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health problems, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease, musculoskeletal injuries and more.
Exercise physiology (EP) is ideal for patients who require help with:
- Musculoskeletal rehabilitation
- From inter-referrals by other health practitioners once the patient has been diagnosed and progressed through the acute phase of rehabilitation
- Pre-habilitation and injury prevention
- Post acute injury/surgery recovery and long term rehabilitation
- Chronic disease management through exercise for conditions such as
- Cardiovascular (Heart failure, recovery from: MI, stroke, surgery etc.)
- Pulmonary (Asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease etc.)
- Neurological (Parkinson’s, dementia, para- and quadriplegic etc.)
- Cancer (through treatment and between treatments for the management of side effects)
- Metabolic diseases (diabetes control, prevent progression of pre diabetes, gestational diabetes etc.)
- Overcoming persistent pain caused by injury and overuse
- General strength and conditioning
Exercise physiologists can also conduct:
- Functional assessments
- Sub-maximal and maximal fitness tests
- Anthropometrical measurements
- Musculoskeletal assessments
- Provide lifestyle education
For more information visit the Exercise Science and Sports Australia (ESSA) website: www.essa.org.au
Helpful fact sheets on chronic diseases can be found at: www.exerciseismedicine.com.au
For more information about what exercise can do for you visit: www.exerciseright.com.au
If you have any further questions about exercise, please contact me and we can discuss this in more detail.
Nicholas holds accreditations in both Exercise Physiology and Remedial Massage, and is passionate about the combination of the two disciplines, to develop a holistic approach to musculoskeletal concerns, enabling his patients to achieve a functionally strong and healthy body.