YOUR EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY TEAM
WHAT IS EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY?
Exercise physiologists have completed a university degree in using exercise to help patients that are suffering from a chronic condition, pain, rehabilitating from illness or injury, or generally needing some help with functional movement – whether that is in relation to sports or just day-to-day activities.
Exercise physiology (EP) is a recognised allied health profession. That means that exercise physiologists are trusted by GPs to provide appropriate expertise and care for their patients. The exercise physiologists work with the physiotherapists in our clinic to provide a multi-disciplinary approach so that you have a better outcome.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
The scope of exercise physiology is broad. Exercise physiologists can offer preventative care, such as strengthening and conditioning weak joints to prevent injuries or improve sporting performance, preventing falls, and offering safe exercise options during pregnancy. We can also help rehabilitate your injuries, such as regaining strength after a workplace accident and we provide options for appropriate exercise during pregnancy, and cancer treatment. We can also support you in your journey before and after your gastric sleeve, gastric band or gastric bypass surgery.
Exercise has been proven to be essential to living well, and beneficial for our mental health. Despite that, many people fear or dislike exercise – it conjures up ideas of harsh, military-style training, pain and stress. It’s very important that you know that exercises designed for you might be as simple as going from sitting to stand unsupported, or a gentle walk. Seeing an exercise physiologist can improve your life, no matter what age you are, or your level of fitness. Most importantly, we are exercise experts that can help you exercise right…for you.
Exercise physiologists are accredited by Exercise & Sports Science Australia. They are required to complete stringent and ongoing education requirements every year, and uphold a high level of professionalism and accountability.
You can see more information about the kind of problems exercise physiologists can help you with by using our body chart tool.
WHAT DOES A VISIT TO THE EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST INVOLVE?
At your initial consultation your exercise physiologist will 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.
Your EP will use your results from the tests to develop and agree on an exercise plan with you. They will give you copies of your exercises or link you to our app so that you can always see your exercises. This helps you be accountable and gives you a way to contact us. They may refer you to our physiotherapists, or massage therapists if you have any ongoing issues or pain. They will make sure that you have some ongoing engagement to support your care. We will develop your program and modify it as your tolerance increases, so you are supported and kept motivated in your health journey.
HOW WILL IT MAKE ME FEEL?
Seeing our exercise physiologists will make you feel empowered, educated and supported. It’s possible you may feel some slight muscle soreness once you begin your program, however this should be short-lived and not be significant enough to interrupt your day.
Within a short time you should feel success as you reach some of your agreed goals, you might notice that you can walk a bit further than you could before, or you have more energy. If you are seeing us for sports performance or conditioning, you should feel stronger and notice less injuries. You should feel knowledgeable about your condition, and educated about how the correct kind of exercise can benefit you. You should feel motivated to keep going and really notice a difference in your day-to-day activities. Most of all you should feel empowered that you can change how you feel in a simple, cheap and natural way.
HOW DO I ACCESS EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY SERVICES?
You do not need a referral from a GP to see an exercise physiologist. You can simply call us to make an appointment, or book online. Our classes are small and individualised, so bookings are essential. Have a look at our timetable and class details for more information.
If you are coming privately and you hold private health insurance, a rebate may be applicable for your treatment. We have access to a HICAPs machine, so you only need cover the gap.
In some instances, you may be referred under a Team Care Arrangement (TCA) by your GP. To qualify you need to meet strict guidelines, and your eligibility is determined by your doctor. If you attend our practice under a TCA you may be eligible for bulk-billing for up to five visits per calendar year, if these visits are available under Medicare. If you have been referred under this scheme please let us know at the time of booking. **Please note that a bulk-billed appointment will be for a half hour visit only. We recommend for a first visit that you need a 45 min appointment as a minimum to make sure we have all the information and to get safely started with your plan. If you would like a longer visit you are welcome to pay the normal fee for a private session and the rebate of $52.95 will be reimbursed to your account if you have lodged it with Medicare.
We accept referrals under DVA for both physiotherapy and exercise physiology. To be referred under DVA you must have an appropriate referral from your GP which includes the details of your DVA card, and the condition for which you are being treated. This can be on a D904 referral or a letter from the GP which has these elements included.
You may be eligible to include exercise physiology in your plan when the NDIS is rolled out in Logan. Follow us on Facebook for more information as the release date gets closer (1 July 2018).
We also see patients under Workcover. You should have a current Workcover certificate from your GP at all times during your treatment. If you are coming to see us under CTP Third Party insurance we will need a referral from the GP, and an approval from your insurance company.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?
You can find out more information about exercise physiology and how it could benefit you at these sites:
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGISTS: TRUSTED BY YOUR GP
Fizzio for Life 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.