How can an Exercise Physiologist help me?

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With exercise recognised as the best medicine for mind, body and soul, it stands to reason that your Exercise Physiologist is one of the most important people you’ll ever meet.

Few people are as well-studied in the workings of the human body and how exercise can used as a tool to prevent and manage chronic disease and injury.

READ MORE: How to take charge of your chronic pain and enjoy life

As allied health professionals, Exercise Physiologists spend at least four years at university studying the science of movement on the human body.

When it comes to sage advice and knowledge backed by science, there is no-one better. It’s advice you can take to the bank, unlike information from that well-meaning friend who throws a few weights round at the gym from time to time and is constantly in your ear. 

What do Exercise Physiologists do?

Exercise Physiologists usually work as part of your allied health team – alongside your GP, mental health specialist, physiotherapist and/or dietician - and can be found at hospitals, government organisations, aged-care and sporting facilities, health and fitness centres and private practices.

Here at Agility Rehabilitation – where we specialise in workers compensation, motor vehicle accident (MVA) and income protection exercise therapy - we’ve helped more than 2000 patients recover from physical ailments associated with injury or chronic disease at our practice in East Victoria Park and now in Kelmscott, too.

Once you are in our hands, we take the time to learn everything there is to know about your medical and fitness history before working up a detailed, bespoke treatment plan to get you back living your best life. Our patients can either visit us in our clinics or we can come to your preferred gym, hydrotherapy centre, home, park or even visit you via video thanks to our Telehealth services. 

Just as a pain specialist may prescribe the best course of medication for chronic pain, our Exercise Physiologists can prescribe the best type, and dose, of exercise for you and your condition, taking careful consideration of factors such as blood pressure, injury/disability and other health conditions.
We’re there to guide you every step of the way, as you work toward building renewed confidence, strength, mobility and fitness.

When do I need to see an Exercise Physiologist?

Basically, there are way too many occasions to list here, but we’ll touch on a few of the most common:

WORK OR MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT: You may have been injured in a work and motor vehicle accident, and find yourself being referred to us as part of your injury rehabilitation.

CHRONIC PAIN: Exercise is shown to reduce inflammation, release neurotransmitters, optimise biomechanics and motor control, improve self-efficacy, and much more, all of which can improve chronic pain and disability.

SPORTING INJURY: We’re the experts in injury prevention, sports-specific training and conditioning, and rehabilitation to get you back playing at peak fitness.

BEFORE AND/OR AFTER SURGERY: A supervised exercise plan before and after major surgeries such as a joint replacement can be hugely beneficial in ensuring faster recovery.

CHRONIC DISEASE: You may have been diagnosed with cancer, or a disease of the cardiovascular, neurological, pulmonary, metabolic or musculoskeletal systems. Our tailored plan will help prevent or manage a huge range of chronic conditions, from diabetes through to asthma, osteoarthritis and multiple sclerosis.

INJURY AND FALLS PREVENTION: Balance and strength training is essential to stay active and mobile well into old age.  

MOOD DISORDERS: Depression, anxiety and stress can turn our lives upside down. But what many don’t realise is how powerfully beneficial exercise can be for good mental health. 

Let’s get started

When it comes to your personal journey with one of our expert Exercise Physiologists, there’s no one-size-fits-all plan. Treatment needs to be tailored to you and your goals. Accredited Exercise Physiologists are suitably qualified and well-positioned in the healthcare system to guide and support you on your road to recovery.

As you can see from these case studies of Agility Rehabilitation patients, our approach to each person’s needs and desired outcome varies greatly depending on the individual:

Case Study: Rehab of a custodial officer

Case Study: Post-Operative Lumbar Rehab

Case Study: Quadriceps tendon rupture - repair

Case Study - Diabetes, obesity and hypertension

We’re primed and ready to help you on your journey. Private patients don’t need a doctor’s referral, but for most other schemes you will.

For more information on how we can help, please give Agility Rehabilitation a call on (08) 6162 8145, or get in touch here