With so much health advice available through mainstream and social media, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to determine who the “experts” are and how they can help.  No doubt you, like many, are looking for the easiest and most effective way to manage the health of both yourself and your loved ones.  One treatment regime that has strong research supporting it’s wide-reaching benefits on a large range of health conditions is…. EXERCISE!!  In this blog we caught up with Jess Barber and Brianna Hope, Accredited Exercise Physiologists from Mid North Coast Physiotherapy, have find out why more people are turning to highly qualified exercise experts like them to improve their health.

Who are Exercise Physiologists?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists, or EPs, are highly trained allied health professionals, who specialise in all things exercise! They are experts in designing and delivering safe and effective exercise interventions for people with chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities.  They complete a 4 year university degree to become registered, and are trusted within the health and medical sector as the key advisers for our community in treating chronic health issues with appropriate exercise.

So how is that different to a Physiotherapist?

It’s probably the most common question we get asked, but it can still be the most challenging to answer! Both Physio’s and EPs work within a very broad scope of practice when it comes to client conditions, concerns and treatment. While there are some similarities, we can work quite differently.

We’ve both done 4+ years at university and have a thorough understanding of the human body, however our areas of expertise differs. A physiotherapist will generally focus on the diagnosis of acute injuries and treating pain and restoring function. Confusion often arises, as Physios will commonly prescribe stretches and exercises as part of their treatment. These exercises generally target the management of acute pain and injury.

An Exercise Physiologist will utilise evidence-based exercise interventions to people who may be at risk of developing, or have existing, medical conditions and/or injuries. The overall aim of Exercise Physiology treatment is to prevent or manage acute or chronic issues and assist in restoring optimal function, health and wellness for individuals.

What medical conditions or injuries are they trained to provide exercise interventions for?

Research continues to reveal that exercise is medicine, and that EVERYONE should be moving their body on a regular basis. Quite often when you are unwell or in pain, it can be the last thing on your mind. However, an exercise program designed by an Exercise Physiologist for your specific issues may be just the thing to make you feel better.

Exercise Physiologists can provide significant benefits for vast number of health challenges, including:

  • Cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension and coronary artery disease
  • Metabolic conditions like diabetes and obesity
  • Neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Musculoskeletal conditions and/or injuries
  • Cancer
  • Kidney conditions
  • Respiratory conditions like asthma, COPD and sleep apnea
  • Mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and PTSD

As recognised allied health professionals, many Exercise Physiology services can be claimable under Medicare, DVA, workers compensation and are covered by most private health insurers.

If you want to exercise but are unsure what sort of activities would be suitable for your specific health challenges, you can request a FREE pre-assessment with Jess or Brianna with no obligation for further treatment.  Call 1300 273747 for secure your spot and start improving your health today.

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