Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology is a relatively new profession in the allied health sector. “Exercise is Medicine” is the over riding philosophy of well-trained accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP).

At Vector Health, our AEP’s work closely with our Physiotherapists and Coaching Staff to deliver on this philosophy with clients ranging from lower back pain, diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation to obesity.

They have specialised university training, especially focusing on exercise prescription to people with challenging medical conditions and injuries.

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So, many people ask, what is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Personal Trainer? This is probably one of the most common questions that we hear.

  • A personal trainer studies a Certificate IV, which gives them a good overview of how to train mainly general population clients with some limited training for people with illness or injury.
  • An Exercise Physiologist completes a specialised degree over a 4 year duration where they learn in detail – human anatomy, functional anatomy, exercise prescription techniques and specialised courses on conditions such as cardiac and neurological conditions that are very specific in the treatment (exercise therapy) required.

The difference as a client that you should see or feel is the depth of knowledge and the detailed understanding of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and then how to apply that to each individual considering the specific limitations that are presented in a consultation.

These limitations or considerations are really important with conditions such as high blood pressure and other conditions that impact the heart especially. Conditions such as arthritis can easily be aggravated by the wrong choice of exercise in a session. Using exercise as medicine, means to focus on prescribing exercise that is targeted to help your condition improve or to maintain your current level of health whilst causing the absolute minimum discomfort possible.

We offer programs that specifically target the following illnesses or injuries: :

  • Weight Loss
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac Conditions
  • Osteoporosis and Arthritis

If you have pain that is long-standing, or you have a chronic health condition, please call to make an appointment to find out more about how we use exercise as medicine to help you.

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How do we go about working out how to prescribe the right exercise?

  1. Assessment – taking a detailed medical history, providing tests that are valid and reliable that target your health goals. Once we have these we can start to discuss with you our recommendations on an action plan to achieve the goals that are set.
  2. Creating a program that is based upon 3 key factors: Knowledge of Functional Anatomy, Our experience with what has worked (our system of coaching and exercise prescription) and your training age, or experience with exercise. People often ask, “What does training age matter?” It matters for the reason that if you prescribe a complex movement to someone who does not understand movement patterns well, then it’s unlikely that mastery of a movement will occur. For some, not mastering a movement will quickly turn into pain, which leads to a lack of motivation to complete exercise that is prescribed. What we aim to do, is to understand you from our first consultation, so the exercises we prescribe fit you as best as possible, so we get the best outcome as quickly as possible.
  3. Reviewing progress. By using either a written program template, or our specialised online program template, we can review your progress against where you started from easily. This is a key part of understanding when to progress your program to keep progressively overloading.

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