What is an Exercise Physiologist?

How can an Exercise Physiologist help you?

Have you heard about Exercise Physiologists, but never really known what they do or whether they could help you? This article will give you an excellent understanding of the profession and whether they could make a world of difference to your life. 

Exercise Physiology numbers have grown substantially in South Australia over the past 5 years following the introduction of local University degrees. This has meant that regional areas such as ours are starting to hear more and more about this profession and are lucky enough to now have 2 working in the community. 

Often country areas can have a lack of options and resources when it comes to education and support around exercise, pain management and healthcare. This leads to the same cycle of poor outcomes and high levels of chronic health conditions such as heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes and persisting pain. 

However, the introduction of Exercise Physiology means that the residents of Port Lincoln and surrounding towns now have a new and exciting option to help them live longer, healthier and happier lives. A recent report by Deloitte (2016) found that for every dollar spent on Exercise Physiology services, the consumer received $10.50 worth of value in improved wellbeing, greater productivity, and reduced health expenses. 

Want to learn more? here are 3 key reasons why an Exercise Physiologist might be able to help you.. 

  • They understand chronic health conditions: Exercise Physiologists have an in-depth understanding of a huge range of chronic health conditions that might limit or affect your ability to exercise. Whether it’s Asthma, Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer or many others, your Exercise Physiologist can prescribe exercise that is not only safe, but may help to manage these conditions more effectively.
  • They work alongside your other health providers: Exercise Physiologists understand the importance of other health professions and the benefits that a multi-disciplinary approach can have for your overall health. 
  • They find the right exercise for YOU: Exercise Physiologists understand that it is vital to find exercise that is both enjoyable and effective when it comes to creating long-term, sustainable success. Each person is different and it is important that your choice in exercise reflects this and is individualised. 

If any of this sounds familiar to you, you’ll be glad to learn that our Exercise Physiologists works 5 days a week from our Port Lincoln clinic. If access is an issue, they can also visit you in your home or run hydrotherapy sessions at the Leisure Centre. Give us a call on 08 8682 6665 for more information or to book an appointment. Alternatively, click 'book now' below and follow the prompts.

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