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.