What does an exercise physiologist do?

Exercise Physiologists are chronic health specialists; they will consider all conditions that an individual may be managing, discuss your goals, then formulate an exercise program that will best support your individual needs, with a long-term vision to support the individual on their journey to a stronger, healthier self.

Each individual will require a personalised exercise physiology program, with a specific focus area. This can vary from mobility, strength, flexibility, general fitness and balance. Most programs will include a combination of all elements to provide comprehensive, holistic care.

An exercise physiologist can provide support to a person with a broad range of conditions and needs, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Metabolic disease
  • Neurological disease
  • Musculoskeletal disease
  • Depression and other mental health conditions
  • Cancer
  • Healthy ageing and falls prevention
  • Athletic performance and fitness

Exercise physiology insights from our clients

Jennifer, 20 years old (ACL knee rehabilitation)

“My exercise physiology sessions were different to physiotherapy as they involved more guided exercise, whereas the bulk of my exercise in physio was completed myself at home. This was very helpful with the new and challenging movements that were introduced. I found that physio was mostly focussed on the movement and range of my joints, whereas exercise physiology was focussed on strength.

As a dancer, my physiotherapy experience prior to Total Physio was mostly massage based and I feel this didn’t help me progress.

At Total Physiotherapy, both the physiotherapist and exercise physiologist involved more measurements and assessment alongside the exercises, which helped me improve.”

Michael, 57 years old (Cardiovascular rehabilitation)

“My physio treatment was more specific around fixing a particular thing in isolation, whereas exercise physiology has been more about strength and conditioning as a whole.

I’ve found exercise physiology better than personal training because of the medical background.

I initially disliked exercises such as the rowing machine, but my exercise physiologist assisted in working around this by giving it in tolerable bouts and building up. Recently we’ve been doing sprints on the bike and I’m now doing a home routine myself a couple of times weekly.

Seeing improvements in fitness and muscle tone has been great.”

To learn more about exercise physiology services at Total Physiotherapy, please click here.

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