You may have heard of exercise physiology but be hazy about exactly what it aims to achieve and how this allied health profession can improve quality of life for people living with disability.
Here are five facts about how our NDIS-registered exercise physiologists change lives for the better.
1) What is exercise physiology?
Accredited exercise physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals with training in understanding the body’s response to exercise.
Exercise physiologists develop exercise programs and lifestyle changes for people with a range of health issues, including people with physical and mental health conditions and injuries.
The exercises they prescribe help people better manage their condition and improve quality of life.
Because everyone is different, the type of program an exercise physiologist develops will be based on your individual needs and goals.
2) How does exercise physiology work in practice?
Our dedicated and experienced team of exercise physiologists can provide a tailored exercise program that focuses on improving fitness, building up strength and managing chronic illnesses.
The exercise physiologist will initially conduct an assessment to obtain baseline information about your fitness and strength, diet and lifestyle and how your disability affects you.
They’ll use this information to develop a program of exercises to practice at home, the gym or the local pool to help improve your quality of life as quickly as possible.
With a focus on achieving behavioural change, our team will give you the tools to:
- Help you move better and become more independent
- Complete tasks involved in everyday living
- Manage your mental illness
- Help you develop the strength for social or sporting activities
3) What are some of the benefits?
We believe in the power of exercise to help the body and mind. Just some of the benefits of an exercise physiology program tailored specifically for you include:
- Improved ability to move
- Better pain management
- Increased strength and balance
- Improved mental health, wellbeing and self-esteem
- The ability to effectively self-manage your condition
- Improved independence and the ability to achieve life goals
4) What conditions can it treat?
Our exercise physiology team treat people with many different types of conditions, including:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis
- Depression and other mental health conditions
- Muscular dystrophy
- Down syndrome
- Vision or hearing impairments
5) Where do exercise physiologists practice?
Ability Action Australia’s accredited exercise physiologists are able to work in many different environments, including:
- In the privacy of your home
- At a location that suits you
- At one of our many offices
- At your local gym or pool
- Sports settings
Additionally, we also employ exercise physiologists all over Australia, with mobile allied health services that service rural areas. This saves you the hassle of travelling, and ensures that you can receive exercise physiology services no matter where you live.
If you would like further information or to speak to us, please contact our friendly concierge service on 1800 238 958 or complete the request contact form and we will contact you at a time that suits you best.