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Services include individual and group-based lifestyle counseling, self-management support, exercise advice and prescription, and monitoring of behaviour changes to promote independent lifestyle management. Treatments are primarily exercise behavior coaching, health education, exercise counseling and physical rehabilitation.
What does an Exercise Physiologist do?
Exercise physiologists (EPs) provide exercise and lifestyle support for people with chronic diseases and injuries to encourage sustainable lifestyle changes.
EPs specialise in exercise prescription, including individualised exercise programs, promoting leisure and incidental activities, and counseling to reduce sedentary behaviours. EP assessments ensure the activity prescription is safe, effective and likely to be maintained in the long term. Patients may have options of receiving a home or work based program, or ongoing support in the clinic, Patients can be referred to an EP at the initial diagnosis, following the identification of risk factors including:
• Cardiovascular disease
• Chronic pain
• History of poor exercise maintenance
An EP assesses, prescribes and promotes general wellbeing through exercise. Programs are designed to meet individual needs giving the individual the opportunity to restore his/hers optimal physical function, and health. Group and individual programs can be conducted in the work place, to reduce travel and down time for both the individuals and workplace. Group session additionally assist in improving workplace cohesion, and moral. A happy, healthy workplace is a productive workplace.