Exercise Physiologist’s use exercise and physical activity for treatment but also look at lifestyle and behaviour modification. They are experts in exercise rehabilitation and metabolic conditions. Their role is to prevent or manage chronic disease, injury and disability. The type of clientele of an Exercise Physiologist includes people with musculoskeletal injuries diabetes, obesity, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidaemia (high cholesterol), hypertension, immune disorders and cardiovascular disease as well as others. Physiotherapists use various treatments such as joint mobilisation and manipulation, massage, electrotherapy, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy. There are three main types of Physiotherapy. Musculoskeletal treats muscles, bones and joints such as back pain, arthritis, workplace, sporting injuries and post orthopaedic surgery. Cardiothoracic to treat disorders of the cardio-respiratory system including asthma, COPD, emphysema as well as rehabilitation after thoracic surgery. Neurological treatment which included disorders like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and post brain surgery rehabilitation.
We will begin with a brief discussion to determine exactly what you would like to gain from your visit, then perform an initial assessment based on your needs and/or injuries. We will work with you to set realistic, achievable goals based on your needs. Following an initial assessment, we will discuss the range of exercise options available to help you to reach your health goals so we can provide you with a specific exercise plan. The exercise program may be delivered in a medical clinic, in a gym, community or home setting. Regular communication will be required to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) hold a Masters qualification and are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. Exercise Physiology is also recognised by WorkSafe (VWA), Medicare, Private Health Insurers, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) &National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIA).
We will work with your case manager to ensure you receive the treatment you need to get you back to your optimal health as quickly and safely as possible.
A Team Care Arrangement or TCA (formerly EPC) entitles you to a rebate of $52.95 off 5 visits per calendar year to an allied health professional, such as an exercise physiologist, podiatrist or dietitian. To be eligible you must have a chronic condition (a condition lasting longer than 3 to 6 months) and a referral from your GP.
If you have a Gold card or White card you are entitled to exercise physiology services for the condition specified on the referral from your referring practitioner (such as your GP). There is no gap fee for DVA services.
You do not need a referral from your GP. However, it is recommended that you see your doctor before engaging in vigorous exercise if two or more of the following apply to you: • You’re a man older than age 45 or a woman older than age 55 • You have a family history of heart disease before age 55 in men and age 65 in women • You smoke or you quit smoking in the past six months • You haven’t exercised for at least 30 minutes, three days a week for three months or more • You’re overweight or obese • You have high blood pressure or high cholesterol • You have impaired glucose tolerance, also called prediabetes
Please bring or wear clothing and shoes that you are comfortable exercising in. Your shoe laces don’t need to match your fitbit, but if a flexibility test is necessary, we don’t want you to be restricted by your jeans.
I am a certified snake handler. Searching for a bit of adventure, I moved to Western Australia and spent some time surfing and pruning grape vines in Margaret River. After a few months, I headed north and worked in a goldmine. The incredibly charismatic Brian Bush taught me in my snake handling certificate and it was then my duty to try my luck at catching the unwanted snakes that came into the mine’s village.
I stopped working weekends over one year ago and haven’t looked back. This has opened up plenty of time for trying new hobbies so I’ve thrown myself into skiing and mountain biking, exploring some new places for camping, seeing live music, getting down to the coast for a surf whenever possible, and planning my next trip away.
I’ve worked to travel when I was younger and have enjoyed a lot of different adventures. One of my favourites was living in the Caribbean for a year helping set up a lifeguard program in the British Virgin Islands. Technically I was working but it was an unforgettable year finished off by sailing home from Tortola, which took me through the Caribbean island chain, the Panama Canal, a little stopover in Galapagos, then island hopping through the pacific on a diet heavy in wild omega-3 and legumes.
Gluts! Glorious gluts! More specifically the lower fibres of glut max. Not only do they aid in hip extension, but are also the most potent external rotator of the hip, help to stabilise the SI Joint, prevent back pain, help with lower limb alignment, reduce incidence of ACL injuries, ankle sprains, ITB issues AND they help to stabilise your opposite shoulder during throwing activities. Swoon! What a muscle.
If it feels good, do it. People commonly ask me if they should use heat packs when their back is sore, or do a couple of back-bends after a long bike ride; if it feels good, go for it. People will naturally find ways to reduce their own discomfort, which is great. The same methods may not work for everyone, but if it feels good, then I say do it.