What Does An Exercise Physiologist Do?

What Does An Exercise Physiologist Do?

What is an Exercise Physiologist?
An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a university-qualified allied health professional who specialises in designing and delivering safe and effective exercise interventions for people with chronic medical conditions or injuries. EP’s also work with individuals who are undergoing rehabilitation as well as people who want to work towards weight loss or simply want to be more active. They collaborate with you and your other medical providers to design an exercise plan to help you to achieve your goals.

What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a personal trainer?
EP’s are highly qualified, having undergone 4 years of studying clinical exercise. They don’t just help you to work out, but are qualified to create long-term exercise plans to help to keep you moving if you have pre-diabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression, COPD or arthritis. They also work with individuals pre- and post-natal exercise and individuals who want to change their sedentary habits. They are also qualified to keep individuals strong and active during and after cancer treatment.

What is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Physiotherapist?
Where you will come and see one of our Physios to diagnose an injury as well as to help the treatment of pain and restoring you to function. Our EPs work alongside Physio’s to develop an evidence-based movement and exercise plan for chronic disease prevention and management, musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation as well as weight management.

At Corio Bay Sports Treatment Clinic Colac our EPs also work alongside our Physios to tailor a long-term individual rehabilitation plan and improve the overall well-being of our clients.

Do I need a referral?
No. Referrals are certainly welcome but are not necessary if claiming through your health fund.

A referral from your doctor is required when using Medicare (EPC) funding or for insurance claims (Workcover/CTP). Eligibility requirements will need to be discussed with your Doctor.

What should I expect during the first appointment?
Your first appointment will involve gathering information regarding your health concerns and history. You will also be required to perform several light activities to assess your current physical capabilities. From your assessment, appropriate goals will be set, and tailored exercises will be provided for you to complete at home, in a gym or in follow up next appointments with your EP. The exercises prescribed will vary depending on your goals but may include exercises to make you stronger, improve your daily functionality or increase your mobility.

Review consultations will involve an assessment of the exercises provided to understand whether they are improving your strength and overall fitness and to assess whether you are comfortable completing the exercises. These exercises may then be modified to ensure that you are continuing to work towards your health goal and improving your day to day functionality. Close supervision will ensure you are performing the exercises correctly and allow modifications to be made as required.

What should I wear to my appointment?
Please wear clothing that you are comfortable in and that allows you to move actively in as well as walking shoes or runners.

What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring a towel and a water bottle to your appointment.

How long will my appointment be?
You can book in for a half-hour or hour appointment.


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