Who is an Exercise Physiologist?

They are university trained health professionals  who specialize in providing exercise and lifestyle modification programs to people suffering from chronic conditions. The problem may involve the heart, lungs, joints and muscles. High quality studies show that exercise prevents falls in older people by reducing the risk factors. For example, exercise can improve muscle strength and balance. It also helps in improving the mental status and moods. Exercise is recommended for all members of the community. Hence, Exercise Physiologists work in different settings like a medical centre or a hospital. They may also work with a sports team coaching the elite athletes. In fact, all age groups from children to the elderly will benefit from their programs. Furthermore, exercising with weights has been shown to improve Parkinson's disease. Aerobic exercise also helps in improving the heart and lung functions. In addition to the above, rehab facilities for people with disabilities also employ Exercise Physiologists.  

 

At Get Better Physiotherapy Centre, our therapists may see patients in the clinic or at Logan West city aquatics. They provide exercises in the pool or the gym depending on the patient's needs.

 

Who should see an Exercise Physiologist?

Exercise Physiologist treat and manager a broad range of conditions that are preventable and treatable. These may include the following: 

  • Obesity                                                                                         
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Lower back pain
  • Depression
  • Bad Posture
  • Stroke
  • Poor balance

What is involved in a session with an Exercise Physiologist?

When you first arrive for your appointment, the therapist will do a complete assessment of your condition to find out our goals. This is done by asking specific questions about your lifestyle, exercise history etc. Followed by specific tests to understand your fitness level. This is then followed by an explanation of how exercise therapy will help to treat or improve the condition.

Based on the fitness level, the therapist will make an exercise program to suit your lifestyle and liking. This may be in the home, at your gym or even in a group class. The exercise physiologist will show you the correct way of doing each exercise. In addition to this, they will email a program with videos and instructions. 

At the end of the first session, you will receive a treatment plan to detail your road to recovery. This will enable you to plan ahead and be consistent with the program. It is important to then schedule future sessions to monitor your progress and keep you accountable. Our Exercise Physiologist work in close association with the doctors and send them written reports on the patients progress.