Accredited exercise physiologists specialise in clinical exercise interventions for people with a broad range of health issues. Those people may be at risk of developing, or have existing, medical conditions and injuries.
The aims of exercise physiology interventions are to prevent or manage acute, sub- acute or chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness. These interventions are exercise-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.
Why You might need see an exercise physiologist?
There are a wide range of reasons why a person may benefit from consulting an accredited exercise physiologist. These include chronic disease management referrals after diagnosis of a range of conditions including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Pulmonary disease
- Metabolic disease
- Neurological disease
- Musculoskeletal disease (including arthritis, osteoporosis/osteopenia, acute and/or chronic musculoskeletal issues)
- Depression and other mental health conditions
Accredited exercise physiologists may also assist with:
- Assessments of functional capacity
- Advice on lifestyle modification to improve health status
- Exercise prescriptions for strength and function improvement pre- and post-surgery
- Workplace assessments.
What services do exercise physiologists provide?
Accredited exercise physiologists offer a range of services which include
- behavioural coaching
- health education
- exercise counselling
- and physical rehabilitation.
Services include the prescription of tailored exercise programs, promoting leisure-time and incidental activity, and counselling to reduce sedentary behaviours. This will include an assessment to ensure the activity is safe, effective and likely to be maintained in the long term.
*Accredited exercise physiologists do not provide invasive services (except for point of care testing), diagnosis, joint manipulation or pharmaceutical medicines.
What to expect from an exercise physiologist?
When you visit a MYB exercise physiologist, it is likely they will do an assessment. This will look at things like:
- How you move
- Your posture and balance
- Fitness and strength
- Respiratory and cardiovascular fitness
- Diet and lifestyle
- Current medications
- Any limiting factors such as physical disabilities, injuries or pain.
They might also ask you to complete a questionnaire about your health history.
The exercise physiologist will then use this information to develop a program which might include group or private fitness sessions, exercises to practice at home or in your normal daily routines.
You may also be given diet, nutrition or lifestyle advice and be supported to make changes that will help you achieve your goals.
Exercise Physiology and the NDIS?
You’re most likely to need exercise physiology services as part of your NDIS Plan if:
- Your goals relate to moving more independently, building strength, participating in community sports or improving your overall health & wellbeing
- You are at risk of developing or have an existing condition that impairs physical movement
- Your disability makes it hard to maintain good health or a healthy weight.
Types of clients our exercise physiologists work with.
Our Exercise physiologists can treat a wide range of conditions including:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Intellectual disability
- Physical disability
- Muscular dystrophy
- Spinal cord injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic pain.
Everyone is different so the type of program our exercise physiologist develops for you will be based on your individual needs and goals.
Funding for exercise physiology can be claimed from 1 of 2 budget areas in your NDIS Plan:
- Capacity building – Improved Daily Living
- Capacity building – Improved Health and Wellbeing.