Exercise Physiology involves physical assessment using a range of techniques and tests and includes the design of appropriate and condition specific exercise programs including supervised hydrotherapy and gym programs where required. Accredited exercise physiologists are particularly trained to assist patients with chronic illnesses such as Diabetes, asthma, arthritis, cancer and other diseases to maintain or gain health through exercise prescription. Click here to read more. Additionally they are qualified to provide exercise programs to enhance athletic performance, prehabilitation, dealing with recurrent injuries and for fitness.
Exercise Physiology programs may, at your doctor’s discretion, be provided under Medicare’s Enhanced Primary Care Program. Increasingly more private health funds are also offering rebates for exercise physiology services. Check with your doctor or health fund provider.
Working with GPs for your health:
Fizzio for Life recently worked with the Waterford Medical Centre on a 6-week exercise program. Four GPs from the clinic took part in weekly strength and conditioning sessions aimed at highlighting the role that Exercise Physiologists take in managing chronic disease through exercise. Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) have made a series of videos that discuss the role of AEPs and GPs in exercise prescription. If you want to know more about how exercise physiology can help you then contact our office for more information, see our exercise physiology page, or visit ESSAs ‘Exercise Right‘ website.
What to expect on your first visit to the exercise physiologist:
We understand that you may be worried if you have been referred to an exercise physiologist by your doctor, because you may not know what to expect. The way we like to talk about EP at our clinic is as ‘functional movement therapy’. That is it is improving your way of moving so that you can improve your function and quality of life!
Contrary to most people’s fears, at your initial visit you won’t face a bootcamp type program, you won’t be put on a treadmill, and you won’t be lifting heavy weights with someone shouting at you for ‘motivation’!
At your initial consultation Rachael or Michael will need to do a thorough assessment of your condition and exercise tolerance. Besides discussing any exercise programs you have previously undertaken and their results, we will discuss your lifestyle, where you would like to make changes, and what your goals are. We will also take a range of physical measurements, including blood pressure, oxygen uptake, height and weight. We may also get you to take a few simple physical tests such as a step test that we can compare results against as your program progresses, before giving you a personalised program, based on your needs, that you can easily follow from home. As your tolerance increases, Rachael will see you for follow up programs modified to keep you motivated towards your goals.
Still curious? Click here to see some more examples of how exercise exercise physiologists work.
Gentle Exercise and Strengthening Classes are held every Tuesday and Friday at the clinic from 10.30-11.30am with Rachael, our accredited exercise physiologist. The classes are a low-intensity, fun way to begin exercising, or to restart exercising after you have had health problems. Some of the exercises can even be completed sitting down and, judging by the laughter that comes from the room, it’s also a fun way to meet some of our other wonderful patients/friends.
Small Group Exercise Classes are held regularly during the week. A limit of four people can do this class so you can have a more individualised program suited to your needs. Bookings are essential.
Small Group Hydrotherapy Classes are similar to our clinic based classes but offer individualised hydrotherapy classes at Gould Adams Pool, Kingston. Exercises in the pool are gentle, safe and you will be supported by Rachael who will be in the pool with you. These classes are especially suitable if you have chronic pain. Bookings are made through our Waterford clinic and are essential.
Diabetes Education and Self Management: Fizzio for Life and Apple-A-Day Dietetics have teamed together to present an 12 week course for people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. The course covers both the exercise and diet education needed to help you take better control over your diabetes. Bulk-billing may be available for this course if you meet the criteria, and private patients are welcome. Please call the office, or ask your GP for more information. The dates of the class will be notified in the blog page or our Facebook page.
What do our patients have to say?
It is wonderful to hear how exercise physiology has positively impacted our patient’s life:
“When I first came to Fizzio for Life my body and mind was in melt down mode, it really becomes a vicious cycle when you are in so much pain physically and mentally. Things that were so easy and which I had performed for the most part of my life became so difficult or I just forgot how to do them completely.
My first session with Rachael was a group low impact session. I remember I was so embarrassed as I couldn’t do even the simplest of tasks as my brain just didn’t compute, but everyone was so supportive and so I went back.
That was when everything started to get better.
Rachael worked with me to find different ways to be able to get back my coordination, balance, strength and self esteem. I also chose to have hydro sessions with Rachael and that is awesome as I can start doing harder things in the pool, or things I have trouble with on land and get them right.
Rachael goes out of her way to make sure she finds the best way for you personally. She listens to what you have to say, she asks questions and then she tailors the program to you. Rachael knows her stuff – she mixes it up and makes it fun and interesting.
Don’t expect Rachael to sit on the poolside at hydro – she is there in the pool with you showing you what to do, and she always makes you feel important.
It is always hard to get into a routine and stick with it, but Rachael has been a life saver to me… literally.”