What is exercise physiology?

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Lots of clients ask: why do I need an exercise physiologist?

An exercise physiologist is a university trained allied health professional. You may have been referred for exercise physiology by your doctor. That's because your doctor wants you to have support managing or preventing an illness or disability. In your case, exercise could be just the medicine you need. 

 

We all know that we feel good after exercise. But did you know that it has been scientifically proven to help with all kinds of health conditions? Here's just a few of them: 

* cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, heart disease) 

* metabolic disease (diabetes, obesity, poly cystic ovarian syndrome) 

* neurological disease (stroke, Parkinson's disease) 

* musculoskeletal problems (acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain, pre and post surgical rehabilitation) 

* cancer

* kidney disease

* respiratory disease

* mental health issues 

What to expect

If your doctor has referred you for exercise physiology, we'll have some idea of the kind of help you need. We'll start off with an assessment of your posture, movement, pain, and limitations. Don't worry! This isn't the kind of assessment you can fail. We use this information to prescribe an exercise program that will help you manage your condition.

Everyone is different. That's why it's so important that you tell us if something hurts, if it's too easy, or if you can't see it fitting easily into your life. The more you share about your interests and abilities, the more tailored your program will be. Not only that, the presenting issue, your flexibility, and fitness will all come into play. 

Armed with your health information, your skills, and your preferences, we'll come up with a great program to get you moving. Depending on your needs, we might prescribe a home or gym program. Equipment might be part of the picture, too. Fitness bands, a fitball, foam roller and weights are some of our favourites. Not only that, our clients use walking, running, aerobic exercise, water-based exercise, and yoga to get the results they're after.

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