What is Exercise Physiology?
If you’ve been looking for new ways to boost your recovery, understanding exercise physiology can help.
Exercise physiology is an important part of the allied health services in Australia. AEPs work alongside many other allied health practitioners like Osteopaths, Podiatrists, Physiotherapists, etc.
Overall, exercise physiologists help an individual recover from injury, return to previous exercise regimes, improve mobility, enhance performance and improve overall balance and strength.
Our professionals offer a unique overview of an individual’s responses to physical activity. This provides low-risk, direct support for patients needing rehabilitation. It also works for generic fitness support and the like.
Our Melbourne-based exercise physiologist take you through a thorough biomechanical and movement screen that focuses on the patterns movement patterns. We look closely at how your body moves through a full range of movements, ensuring natural movement and flexibility, in addition to identifying restrictions in mobility; strength, balance, and coordination limitations.
This approach can help support your overall health and fitness goals for a better quality of life overall, helping reduce pain and stiffness. Together with Osteopathy, this provides a perfect bridge between to return to normal activities.
Exercise physiology can also help through clinical pilates sessions. Our AEPs are trained in pilates, as well, making it easier than ever for our clients to find a fitness or chronic disease management plan.
How does Exercise Physiology Support Optimal Health?
Exercise physiology supports general fitness (strength and conditioning, stability, balance), reduce complications of illnesses, and encourage overall health. This allows patients to enhance their fitness, reduce injuries and help with realistic goal setting. It’s also highly valuable in elderly patients for promoting independence.
AEPs support exercise rehabilitation after an injury. This skill ensures patients can achieve the best possible pain relief and recovery. We’re here to help with anything you might need in terms of your recovery. This includes returning from injury or illness to sport or hobbies and getting you back to work. Plus, we can also help you cope with chronic disease, health pathologies, and other complications.
The Goals of Exercise Physiology
Generally speaking, there are five main goals of exercise physiology. An exercise program should usually provide
- enhance overall fitness and performance
- exercise rehabilitation
- recovery from injuries
- provide strength, balance, and postural support
- support with musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and so on.
Each of these requires a slightly different exercise program to see successful results. This is where personalised exercise programs come in, as these can focus on your specific requirements.
After your initial assessment, your exercise physiologist develops a personalised exercise and management plan based on your medical history, biomechanics and overall needs. After all, everyone is unique. As such, your exercise routine must be tailored to your needs and goals.
There is also the potential for our exercise physiology sessions to support your mental health. Good mental health is vitally important. If this is something you’ve been struggling with, the health benefits of exercise could be valuable. Exercise helps release endorphins, which in turn can offer many potential perks for your mental health.
How Our Exercise Physiologists Collaborate With Other MOSIC Practitioners
Our exercise physiologist collaborates closely with our osteopaths, podiatrists, and pilates instructors. This ensures that you have access to a complete range of services. These can include rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, balance and coordination, injury prevention, and spinal health. Whether your aim is to stop the pain, move more easily, return from injury/illness, or improve your performance, we can help with a personalised program.
During an exercise physiology consultation, you can expect a comprehensive movement assessment. During this session, your treating practitioners will look not only at your injury but at your body as a whole. This will help you identify the root causes of the problem, rather than just focusing on the site of pain.
Following your assessment, you will receive a detailed report and a presonalised programme. If you need more support, you can opt to work one-on-one with your exercise physiologist at one of our convenient locations.
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