What is an exercise physiologist?
An exercise physiologist is an allied health professional who specialises in exercise prescription and rehabilitation using scientific evidence-based approaches. An exercise physiologist provides expert exercise advice and lifestyle strategies to manage chronic illness, rehabilitate chronic pain and injuries, enhance weight loss, and to improve fi tness and general well-being.
WHo might need an exercise physiologist?
If you would like expert advice to manage complex needs, or to achieve your results faster.
An exercise physiologist can help rehabilitate your chronic pain or injury while also improving your strength and fitness. These injuries and conditions can include:
Lower back and neck pain
Shoulder pain and rotator cuff injuries
Hip and sacroiliac pain
Conditions due to poor posture and faulty muscle activation
Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis
Previous orthopaedic surgery
An exercise physiologist can help you to prevent and manage lifestyle related health conditions using exercise, such as:
High blood pressure and high cholesterol
Pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes
Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Cardiovascular and respiratory disease
How is it different to personal training?
An exercise physiologist is a recognised allied health professional who is qualified to provide exercise rehabilitation for people with complex health needs or people who require expert support and advice. All exercise physiologists must have a four year university degree and extensive practical experience in order to be accredited with Exercise and Sports Science Australia. Rebates can be available for these services from Medicare and all major private health funds. The exercise physiologist will liaise with your treating health professionals if an integrated approach is required.
What can I expect?
In your first consultation your exercise physiologist will cater to your goals and needs, assessing your fitness, posture, biomechanics, lifestyle habits, and health history and will work together with you to design a personalised plan. Depending on your needs this plan may include seeing the exercise physiologist weekly to supervise your exercise sessions, or periodic support to keep you on track and address any concerns. Hydrotherapy services are also available for people with significant pain or mobility restrictions. You do not need to be a member of the gym to use this service and the exercise does not need to be limited to only the gym.
Rebates can be available for exercise physiology services from the following organisations:
Medicare: Rebates can be available via referral from your General Practitioner if you have a chronic health condition or complex health needs. See your General Practitioner to enquire if you are eligible.
Private health: Rebates can be available from all major private health funds depending on your level of cover. Ring your provider to enquire how much you are eligible to receive and what level of cover is required.
Department of Veterans Affairs: Rebates can be available if you are a registered veteran via referral from our General Practitioner. See your General Practitioner to enquire if you are eligible.
WorkCover: Our exercise physiologists are WorkCover registered and can provide rehabilitation for occupation injuries and work conditioning programs. See your Nominated Treating Doctor to enquire as to whether exercise physiology will be useful for your work injury.
What does it cost?
Individual Exercise Physiology Rates (GST included):
|1 x ½ hour
||1 half hour session with one of our fully qualified exercise physiologists
|5 x ½ hour
||5 half hour sessions with one of our fully qualified exersise physiologists
|10 x ½ hour
||10 half hour sessions with one of our fully qualified exercise physiologists
|1 x 1 hour
||1 one hour session with one of our fully qualifi ed exercise physiologists
|5 x 1 hour
||5 one hour sessions with one of our fully qualifi ed exercise physiologists
|10 x 1 hour
||10 one hour sessions with one of our fully qualifi ed exercise physiologists
Click here to view the profile of our in-house exercise physiologist.