How can an Accredited Exercise Physiologist help me?
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a university qualified allied health professional, responsible for the implementation of therapeutic exercise to minimise the impact of a condition. Our AEPs work closely with our physiotherapists and other allied health practitioners to provide you with a comprehensive health plan.
Exercise Physiologists specialise in interventions using exercise for a broad range of chronic health conditions. The aims of AEP interventions are to prevent or manage symptoms of chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring your optimal physical function, health or wellness.
Exercise Physiology can help people with reconditioning following:
- Stroke, Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injuries, Spinal Cord Injuries
- Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum
- Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease , Motor Neuron Disease and other neurological conditions
- Chronic pain e.g. Fibromyalgia, lower back pain
- Spinal surgery or neurosurgery
- Scoliosis, endangered posture
- Joint replacement and reconstruction
- Falls, poor balance or unsteadiness
- Stiffness, muscular weakness, frailty
If you have a disability or injury, you might see an AEP for two reasons:
Rehabilitation: to help regain strength and function after injury (e.g stroke)
Maximising health and wellbeing: given my condition what is the best way to exercise? How can I exercise safely? What are the best exercises for me? What are my options for exercise?
Individual Assessment & Treatment Plans
No two bodies are the same. An individual tailored exercise program is the key to successful rehabilitation or maintenance. Our Exercise Physiologists take the time to get to know you - your medical history, your lifestyle, your goals, and your likes and dislikes.
Your assessment may include the analysis of: strength, core stability, cardiovascular fitness, endurance, balance, flexibility or mobility and allows us to track your progress.
The outcome of the assessment is a detailed goal-focused exercise plan where you know what to expect every step of the way. How many times per week, for how many weeks, how will this help me? It could be in your home using small equipment, in a gym setting using our specialised equipment or in a community setting. We can also design a program at your gym or help you join a community exercise group.