WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU SEE AN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST
Exercise Physiologists are university qualified, allied health professionals who use exercise therapy as their primary treatment modality. Exercise Physiologists are experts in the prescription and delivery of exercise to treat and manage a range of conditions including (but not limited to):
• Musculoskeletal injury and surgical rehabilitation
• Chronic disease (diabetes, cardiovascular disease etc.)
• Cancer rehabilitation
• Mental health conditions
• Women’s health
• Neurological conditions
• Athletic performance
Although their title can be a little daunting, Exercise Physiologists are here to help YOU to achieve YOUR goals. I promise you, they aren’t as scary as they sound! So, what can you expect from an Exercise Physiologist?
• A listening ear – When you meet an Exercise Physiologist for the first time, you can expect to spend the first half (or longer if required) of your initial consultation having an in-depth discussion. This is your time to lay it all on the table, voice your concerns and feel heard. The conversation will involve speaking about your current and past medical and musculoskeletal conditions, pain and your functional abilities.
• A personal cheerleader – During an initial consultation, you can expect to discuss and set goals with your Exercise Physiologist. It is good to have both short- and long-term goals and it is important that they are specific to YOU and what YOU want to achieve. Goal setting is often the easy part however, behaviour change can be more difficult. This is when it really helps to have someone in your corner. You can expect your Exercise Physiologist to provide encouragement, guidance, education and strategies along the way to help you to progress and move toward achieving your goals. Your Exercise Physiologist will help to motivate you when you are feeling low and will be right by your side celebrating and cheering you on as you reach your goals, no matter how big or small!
• A movement guru – You can expect that an Exercise Physiologist wants to watch and analyse the way you move. Depending on your reported concerns and goals, an Exercise Physiologist will ask you to complete a range of different tests which will provide them with important information on your current ability. The tests used are individualised and may include testing your cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, balance and reviewing your posture. This information will be used to guide your treatment (exercise prescription) and track your progress. When you attend an Exercise Physiology appointment, try to wear clothing that is comfortable and allows you to move freely.
• A safety expert – An Exercise Physiologist is always concerned about your safety during exercise, whether it be supervised exercise in the clinic gym, completing your exercise at home alone or perhaps at the local pool. You can expect an Exercise Physiologist to explain and demonstrate, then watch you carefully as you complete various exercises. They will provide verbal cues and make adjustments as necessary to ensure you can execute an exercise safely and confidently.
• An educator – Your Exercise Physiologist has a wealth of knowledge and you can expect to learn about your condition/s and the reason why exercise will help! Ask questions and pick their brains. If they can’t find an answer at the time, expect that they will research and have an answer for you the next time you visit. An Exercise Physiologist’s goal is to provide you with education and resources so that you feel empowered and in control of your health and wellbeing.
Toleah and Paul are the Exercise Physiologists at Up and Active Physiotherapy. You will find them at the back of the clinic, in the gym Monday – Saturday with a guaranteed smile on their face and a cheery, upbeat demeanour. If you would like to know more about how an Exercise Physiologist might benefit you, feel free to give them a call or email on the details below.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Phone: 07 4613 1394