Exercise Physiology Services

What is Exercise Physiology?

Exercise physiology studies the response of the body to physical activity in order to diagnose, manage, and treat a broad range of health conditions, particularly chronic disease. Bodily responses studied include metabolism, heart, lung, muscle, and structural cell changes. 

Our exercise physiologists prescribe individualised, graded exercise programs, along with health and lifestyle education, to get your life back on track in a way that enhances physical ability and overall health and wellbeing.

Our team of exercise physiologists have particular expertise in the rehabilitation of our patients following surgical interventions and hospitalisation, working closely with other members of your health care team to ensure your progress toward your physical and functional goals are achieved.

Eating Disorder Outpatient Exercise Program (EDOPEP)

Our Eating Disorder Outpatient Exercise Program is designed to reintroduce safe exercise into the lives of individuals recovering from an eating disorder. This program is supervised by exercise physiologists, enabling participants to undertake gym-based exercise and learn the holistic benefits of safe exercise in a supportive group environment. Although individuals will be in a group setting, the exercise volume, intensity, frequency, duration and type of exercise undertaken will be specific for each participant, depending upon clinical presentation.

The aim is to empower participants with the knowledge and skills to increase safe exercise behaviour, increase healthy associations with exercise that don’t revolve around weight loss and increase ownership of ongoing treatment.

Our sessions include:

An exercise component based around the therapeutic approach to exercise, which is designed to:

  • Rejuvenate the body, not exhaust or deplete it
  • Increase mind-body connection
  • Alleviate mental and physical stress

The exercises within the program include flexibility work, postural control, stability work, resistance exercise, light cardiovascular exercise, breathing control, body awareness exercise and functional movement.

The education component discussed in each session includes topics such as compulsive exercise, undertaking movement mindfully, body image and exercise, how the body responds to exercise, how to engage in and enjoy exercise.

Ramsay Health Plus at Hollywood Private Hospital in Western Australia offers the EDOPEP program. Click on the following links to download the brochure and the referral form for this program.

Benefits of Exercise Physiology Services

Rehabilitation

Exercise therapy is an incredibly effective way of building up functionality, muscle and mobility during rehabilitation after injury or illness.

Holistic

Our clinical exercise physiologisys are dedicated to delivering a holistic service in this treatment area by working closely with your other health care providers.

Improved Posture & Gait

Exercise therapy can significantly improve balance and gait for those with difficulty walking.

Improved Fitness

Our exercise physiologists can improve your general physical fitness, aiding the success of other treatment options you might undertake.

Evidence-based

Researched, proven and science-backed, it’s a robust, effective strategy for long term recovery or improved functionality.

Education

You get a greater understanding of how your body works and how it can function more efficiently throughout your treatment program.

Frequently Asked Questions

An exercise physiologist will start with an assessment to understand your needs. They will work with you to set goals and develop an individualised exercise plan that suits you and your lifestyle. They may use one-on-one or group sessions for exercise programs that promote strength, flexibility, cardiopulmonary fitness and endurance.

Exercise Physiology and Physiotherapy are both recognised allied health professions. Exercise physiologists treat patients using clinical exercise interventions as their main modality. Physiotherapists are health care professionals who assess, diagnose, treat and manage acute injury, disability and pain through physical techniques such as manipulation, massage as well as exercise.

In Australia, a referral is not required to be able to see an allied health professional such as an exercise physiologist, although it is often helpful for you to bring as much information about your health history as well as any specific medical or surgical details that relate to your reason for seeing an exercise physiologist. There are a few exceptions to this, where you will need to obtain a referral from your GP prior to attending our clinic. This includes:

  • Workers Compensation Claims
  • CTP (Third Party) Road Accident Claims
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Claims
  • Medicare Claims (e.g. Chronic Disease Management referral)

Other Services

Diabetes Education

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