What the heck even is an “exercise physiologist”??

What is an exercise physiologist is a question I get on a regular basis. This article gives a brief over view of what an exercise physiologist is and whether or not they are a good fit to help you!

What is exercise physiology:
Well according to a google search –

“Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions., injuries or disabilities. Areas covered by the services of an Exercise Physiologist include cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, kidney, respiratory/pulmonary and mental health and any other condition for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client’s status.”

-google search

This is a broad statement which basically means an Exercise Physiologist uses exercise and movement to treat pain, chronic disease management, injury rehabilitation and injury prevention which is why you can find them in a number of broad settings.

An exercise physiologist understands the different movement needs of individuals and their chronic disease or injury state, which enables them to provide a program that will best assist you towards your goals.

The main role of the exercise physiologist here at Adaptive strength is to bridge the gap between rehab and performance.

Performance can mean different things to different people. Maybe it’s returning back to the sporting field after injury or maybe it’s getting up and down off the ground to play with your child without your back pain stopping you. Performance means an array of different things to different people and currently there is a huge gap between the rehab setting and performance setting. This gap is filled by an exercise physiologist.

Far too many people go in circles of repeating the same injury, seeing their physio, relieving pain and then returning straight back into the routine whether it be exercise, sport or just the lifestyle that caused the injury in the first place without the body being properly prepared and end up back in the same situation all over again. The role of the Exercise Physiologist is to build on what your Physio or Chiro may have started with you and progress you all the way back to your chosen activity.

When should you see an Exercise Physiologist at Adaptive Strength?

Our exercise physiologist’s can help you with;

  • persisting pain
  • rehabilitation after injury or surgery
  • Weight control
  • Metabolic conditions such as PCOS and Diabetes
  • Lower back, neck, hip and shoulder pain
  • General strength and conditioning

Why should you see an Exercise Physiologist:

  • If you have seen many different practitioners for the same reason and have not seen any change
  • If you keep having the same issue no matter what you try, are getting frustrated and feeling like things will never be better
  • If you have a number of different concerns and you don’t really know where to start when someone asks “what can I help with”
  • If you are really confused about all of the mixed messages that you have received

If you feel seeing an Exercise Physiologist is the next step for you simply reach out and we can answer any of your questions. Your first visit with us will involve a thorough assessment were we listen to your story, put a plan in place for your progress and answer any questions that you may have.

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