Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) specialise in clinical exercise prescription and the delivery of exercise and lifestyle modification programs for people of all ages who are at risk of or living with chronic conditions. This means we use an evidence-based approach to choose specific forms of exercise to target particular changes in the body. These adaptations mean the body will have an improved ability in managing a health condition, ideally reducing its day to day impact.
Anyone can benefit from seeing an AEP to assist with their health goals. AEP’s have specialised knowledge in prescribing exercise to the benefit of each individual. Interventions usually involve education, advice and support in managing your health and creating lasting lifestyle changes. They work closely with GP’s and other allied health professionals writing reports specifying the exercise plan and progress to ensure patients receive the best form of patients centred care.
AEP’s also provide physical activity and behavioural change support for patients of the following conditions including, but not limited to:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Chronic Respiratory Diseases (Asthma, COPD, emphysema)
- Chronic pain
- Mental Health conditions (depression, anxiety, PTSD)
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Obesity/weight issues
- Physical restrictions or mobility issues (e.g. Poor balance)
- Pre-diabetes and Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Difficulty maintaining motivation and adherence to exercise routines
You do not need to be diagnosed with a chronic health condition to see an AEP. You may just want to improve your function or how you feel. For example:
- Does the thought of getting off the floor without any help worry you?
- Do you have a trip or event coming up that you want to prepare for?
- Would you like some advice helping with losing a few kilograms?
- Are you lacking some motivation to exercise and do not know how to start?
Our specialty is exercise which can assist in many ways.
What Services are offered by AEP’s?
An AEP will commence with an initial assessment to determine health status, exercise/physical activity history, medications you are taking and any physical limitations. A physical assessment will also be undertaken to determine current physical abilities and to obtain some baseline measures. These are undertaken to ensure a suitable exercise program is tailored to your needs and goals. The AEP will provide detailed instruction on how to complete the program, including discussion on the role of exercise and how to achieve good technique.
The plan may include a development of an exercise program which may be in clinic, home based, individual or within a supervised group setting. Regular review assessments are often undertaken to determine how well you have been managing with your program and make necessary amendments to the program to continue development.
These are undertaken to see how well you have been tracking with your exercises, monitor any changes and to modify the initial program.
Programs are individually tailored to your needs and goals and are great to help you self-manage your health. They allow you to exercise in the comfort on your own home in a safe manner.
We can come to your place of residence for an initial assessment or one to one exercise sessions if you are unable to come to the clinic. The AEP can work to motivate and assist you with providing some exercises tailored to your goals and help you live an independent life.
When recovering from an injury or health episode, it is important to keep your body moving to ensure you do not reduce capacity in other areas. It is about finding a strong team to help support your recovery. A multidisciplinary team may include your GP, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist or other allied health professionals. With these people working as a team we can achieve your health goals.
Here is an example of the same problem, but two different ways an Exercise Physiologist could be utilised in your recovery:
- You have a shoulder injury which is currently being managed by your GP
- You may be referred by your GP to an AEP to assist directly with your rehabilitation by developing an exercise program to help improve function, strength and range of motion of your shoulder
If it is being managed by your GP and a Physiotherapist, an Exercise Physiologist can be used as an integral part of your multidisciplinary team to assist in speeding up recovery. We can achieve this by developing an exercise program to ensure you maintain or even improve your body’s functionality whilst recovering from your injury. By targeting areas such as your cardiovascular health and strength or endurance of the rest of your body, we can improve fitness measures without interfering with your primary treatment of the shoulder. This is important as if you just rest your whole body whilst recovering, your body will adapt to this reduced level of activity making it harder to return to all the activities you normally enjoy.