Exercise Physiology at Wholistic Health Centre
An Exercise Physiologist is a university qualified allied health professional who uses the treatment of exercise for a range of acute conditions and chronic disease. Treatment with exercise has shown to be effective with conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, metabolic and neurological diseases. An Exercise Physiologist also has the skills and knowledge to provide rehabilitation for many musculoskeletal conditions, injuries and chronic pain.
Exercise physiology uses a patient centred approach, where the health and safety of the individual is most important, and they will provide the best exercise treatment and advice that suit the individual’s needs.
While Exercise Physiologists cannot diagnose certain conditions, they can perform specific tests or make observations to identify reasons for pain or muscle imbalances and weakness to target the problem and treat the individual appropriately.
Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapy?
Exercise Physiology is a service that is quite often confused with physiotherapy as both provide similar services. A physiotherapist has a different approach by using musculoskeletal manipulation and massage, they can provide certain exercises for muscle imbalances or weaknesses which can be implemented in the short term. An Exercise Physiologist can provide an individual with a more detailed exercise program which can be practised in the long term in the treatment of more chronic disease or rehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries.
We Provide the Better of the Two Services:
- TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC DISEASE – Exercise physiologists have the skills and knowledge to treat a range of chronic diseases and conditions. Chronic disease is a growing cause of mortality and morbidity in Australia and is largely due to increasing levels of physical inactivity. Conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have shown to benefit from lifestyle modification and exercise treatment. Aerobic exercise and resistance training can be effective in lowering high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular complications and improve blood glucose and diabetes control. An Exercise Physiologist can also assist individuals diagnosed with cancer, neurological and cardiometabolic conditions to reduce pain and improve general well-being and quality of life.
- TREATMENT OF INJURY AND MUSCULOSKELETAL CONDITIONS – Rehabilitation through exercise is extremely effective in improving joint stability, mobility and strength following a musculoskeletal injury, illness or operation. An Exercise Physiologist uses joint range of motion exercises, stretching and light resistance training to treat musculoskeletal conditions, imbalances, injuries and pain. They can give specialised treatment for individuals recovering from an acute injury, hip and knee replacements, joint dislocations, knee surgeries and reconstructions or more chronic conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis.
Rehabilitation Can Help You!
Successful rehabilitation lies not just in the management of injuries and helping people fulfill their functional potential, but also in the prevention of injuries. Contact Sarah Colyvas, Exercise Physiologist, today to find out how a full care program at Wholistic Health Centre that includes rehabilitation can help you!