What is Exercise Physiology?

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a Allied Health professional and is a 4 year university degree, who treats chronic disease/illness, injuries, pain, mental health conditions, neurological conditions and metabolic conditions. An EP treats their clients through exercise, behaviour change and lifestyle interventions. The goal of an EP is to assess their clients, identify their needs and treat accordingly.

On your initial assessment here at Peak Physiology with an EP you can expect:

  1. Health and medical history. Subjective assessment on specific reason for visiting EP.
  2. Goal setting, specific to your condition, injury, pain or increase in quality of life.
  3. Objective assessment, this is were here at Peak Physiology we will assess our clients muscle functioning, postural imbalances, physical fitness/capacity, health markers and questionnaires which are relevant to that particular client.
  4. Planning, we then develop a plan and implement strategies to achieve the outcomes necessary to treat our clients condition.

After our initial assessment, visits with your EP will be as often as necessary.

Treatments an EP uses to serve their clients here at Peak Physiology range from resistance based exercise, cardio, body weight exercises, foam rolling, stretching, behaviour change interventions, education on the patient’s condition and lifestyle intervention. Although may seem simple, each intervention listed is high specific and prescibed to treat the clients needs in order to provide positive outcomes for their condition. Often it is not just the specific physical exercises that are needed to treat a condition but also addressing the psychological aspects that come along with having a condition,  illness, disease or injury.

Anyone can see an EP, but there are options to see an EP through medicare, private health funds, workers compensation life insurance and CTP insurance schemes.

You wont just find an EP in a clinic, but in workplace health, manual handling training, health promotion roles, diabetes educators, rehabilitation consultants and various other health and rehab roles.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Julie Middlehof

    Thank you for your explanation as I wasn’t really sure what you could do for my arthritic pain…can’t wait for my first consult

    1. brockmcinerney

      Thank you for your feedback Julie! I look forward to our initial consult on July 1.

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