Village Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Shellharbour

Exercise Physiology

We now offer Exercise Physiology to Shellharbour and the Illawarra! Exercise Physiology uses exercise as medicine for mental health, chronic health conditions, falls prevention and return to work programs

What is Exercise Physiology?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are university qualified allied health professionals with the knowledge and skill to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities.

Exercise Physiology is based on the principle of movement as medicine. When clinically applied exercise has been proven to increase quality of life, decrease risk of falls and help to prevent and treat a wide range of health conditions.

Why to see an Exercise Physiologist?

“No single intervention has greater promise than exercise to reduce the risk of virtually all chronic diseases simultaneously.”

Exercise has been found to decrease the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness, dementia and some types of cancer. Regular exercise has also been found to boost mood, increase energy and improve general wellbeing. Exercise Physiologists can help with the management of a range of different conditions, these include:
 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
 Cancer
 Disabilities

How does it Work?

During your initial consultation your Shellharbour Exercise Physiologist will discuss your medical history, previous injuries, lifestyle choices and habits and goals. From here we will conduct a functional assessment to determine your current fitness level and exercise capacity. This information is then used to develop an individualised or group exercise program targeted towards management of these conditions and goals. These programs may be completed either in the clinic onsite, at a gym or in your home.

Depending upon your individual goals you will be given regular or periodic reviews to adapt and progress your program as necessary. Education on management of conditions, progression of exercises and correct technique is also provided. A detailed report will be provided to your referring GP, specialist or other health provider.

Exercise Physiology

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