Common questions and answers for an Exercise Physiologist...
Updated: Jun 18
Hi there, my name is Mia Jay an exercise physiologist from Sydney. There is no doubt that exercise is powerful. It empowers us to feel happier, healthier, stronger and can lift us up when we may be feeling down.
Here are a few FAQ...
What if we knew the #secret to feeling happier, healthier and fitter, would you use it?
If ALL the benefits of exercise were produced by a pharmaceutical company with a single pill, would you take it?
Take 3 x daily in doses of 10 minutes.
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Exercise Sports Science Australia says
"Exercise is a powerful tool in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic disease... Just as patients fill their prescriptions and take their medications... Give your patients an ‘exercise prescription’!
What is your current Dose of Exercise?
Exercise Scientists like me, are saying you can enjoy the benefits of exercise with
1. How many days per week do you exercise?
2. How many minutes per day?
3. At what intensity do you exercise (light, moderate or vigorous)
What can Physical Activity do for me?
Physical Activity can help to manage our #pain and #chronic #medical conditions, increase our balance and our #proprioception (a fancy word to know where our body is in time... just like closing our eyes and knowing our arm's position and where it moves and how it can reach out and tap our nose or touch our lips).
Exercise may increase our joint's range of movement and #muscular #mobility, improve our #strength, #flexibility, #speed, #power or #cardiovascular #capacity , help us to reach our #optimal #health as well as improving our mental health. Regular physical activity helps to reduce high blood pressure, manage blood sugar levels especially for those with diabetes, improve our heart's efficiency and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. Exercise helps us to improve our #core #stability and #posture it may even help us to correct our #gait (a fancy word for the way we walk). Exercise may help us to recover after #surgery or recover after #birth.
Physical activity can help us have Health & Happiness in our Head and Heart! Mia J Kacen
What can an Exercise Physiologist do for me?
Depending on your needs & considerations: I may help you to run #faster, #run up a #hill or #climb a tree or even climb stairs independently without using a handrail for #balance. It depends solely on your needs.
Each session is tailor made for you.
For example we may need to help with:
1. Excelling Elite Athletes
2. Improving Quality of life for Special Needs such as autism, cerebral palsy & schizophrenia.
3. Preventing, Treating & Managing your chronic conditions such as MS & diabetes.
What if I have barriers to exercise?
It is okay! Life gets busy! We all journey on the roller coaster of life's ups and downs. We may prescribe home-based exercises for you, they may be as simple as going for a walk or jog by the beach or park. As easy as this sounds for some... sometimes we experience obstacles (a fancy word for the lack of resources and time to exercise, support or motivation, injury and energy). It is okay to experience obstacles. It is okay to ask for help.
This is when we can truly utilise a professional to guide us through safe, fun and effective exercises.
Let us help you, to be the best YOU, that you can be.
You can have your very own clinical Accredited Exercise Physiologist, just like us, just like that!
What is the difference between an exercise physiologist and a physiotherapist?
We sound similar in the health industry as we help to optimise movement and function however we differ in the following ways. Physiotherapist can provide injury diagnosis and prognosis, whereas exercise physiologists may receive a diagnosis and provide rehabilitation programs, including lifestyle changes with education and behaviour modification. Physiotherapists provide ‘hands on’ treatment (e.g. joint manipulation and mobilisation, acupuncture and massage) while exercise physiologists provide ‘hands off’ treatment by implementing clinical exercise programs.
ESSA.org.au answers our question... AEPs 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. Pathology domains covered by the services of AEPs include cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory / pulmonary and mental health, and any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client’s clinical status.
Who is Exercise Science Sports Science Australia (ESSA)?
Exercise & Sports Science Australia is our peak professional body and sole accrediting authority for Accredited Exercise Physiologists. ESSA is also the accrediting body for Accredited Exercise Scientists, Accredited Sports Scientists and Accredited High Performance Managers. To gain AEP accreditation with ESSA an individual must Graduate from a minimum 4 years of study in an ESSA accredited course. If AEPs meet the professional standards for exercise science, they can be dual accredited as an Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES). AEP's must meet the professional standards for exercise physiology, including 360 hours of practical experience with clients with clinical conditions (eg. cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, musculoskeletal, neurological). To maintain accreditation with ESSA, an AEP is required to Hold and maintain a valid first aid and CPR certificate and continue Professional Development.
What do you do at Mia's Health?
We Prescribe Exercise & facilitate programs for #Elite #Athletes. We help to improve overall individual #health and #wellbeing especially in special population groups such as children, special needs, seniors and maternal health during and after pregnancy. We #rehabilitate after surgery and we #treat chronic illness with regular physical activity.
We support those living with a disability and we provide services with the #NDIS. You can access accredited physiology services through NDIS Funding, under the Improved Health and Wellbeing and Improved Daily Living category.
Our service may include assessments, therapy sessions, home- based exercise programs, training of carers, family and support workers, exercise equipment prescription, group exercise and community programs.
What do you love the most about being an AEP?
I really enjoy how versatile our job is. We apply the foundations of our knowledge and adapt this to each and every person we help.
We provide #AgedCare services to improve confidence and self-efficacy, improve your social life and manage physical changes that come with ageing such as reduced bone density, decreased strength, flexibility and loss of mobility.
We deliver services to prepare for surgery and deliver rehabilitation to regain strength, flexibility, movement and endurance.
We treat chronic conditions such as Obesity, Heart Disease, Hypertension (a fancy word for high blood pressure), chronic pain, fibromyalgia, depression, stroke, cancer, COPD, arthritis, anxiety, osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis.
We love corporate health and team up with our friends at Kinex to provide corporate health activities and health checks.
We see Metabolic conditions including but not limited to overweight and obesity, metabolic syndrome, dyslipidaemias (acquired and familial), Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, sleep apnoea, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Our scope of practice includes:
Musculoskeletal conditions which may include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, acute, and sub-acute and chronic specific and non-specific musculoskeletal pain / injuries /disabilities.
Neurological/Neuromuscular including but not limited to stroke (CVA), Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Respiratory/Pulmonary including but not limited to asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary / airways disease, and cystic fibrosis.
Cancer including but not limited to breast cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer.
Cardiovascular including but not limited to ischaemic heart disease (IHD) / acute myocardial infarction (AMI), chronic heart failure (CHF), arrhythmias and pacemakers, hypertension, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and valve disease.
Kidney including but not limited to chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 1-5, common aetiologies – diabetic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, polycystic kidney disease, longterm medication use, infectious kidney disease, acute kidney failure (reversible), and end stage kidney disease.
Mental Health including but not limited to anxiety disorders, affective disorders, psychotic
Benefits of our Sessions may include:
helps kids and adults with special needs
increase mobility, flexibility and strength
improve endurance & cardiovascular fitness
improve balance & gait
assistance to perform tasks for everyday living
help to participate in community activities and social events
ability to set & achieve physical activity goals
management of pain & chronic disease
prevention of diseases
increased physical and mental health
manage behavioural changes & improve lifestyle
Where can we find an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?
In the comfort of your own home, in the great outdoors, in the pool or in our clinic.
AEPs work in a number of environments, including but not limited to:
Public and private hospitals settings
Primary, secondary and tertiary health care
Private and multidisciplinary clinics
Population & Public health
Workplace health and rehabilitation
Ageing and aged care
Fitness centres, gymnasiums, business
What do they teach you at University?
We are trained to understand medical conditions, injuries and limitations, more than a health coach or a personal trainer, an exercise physiologist has detailed knowledge of how the body works and operates.
We study our bodies in intricate detail over 4 years. We learn about biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, histology, psychology, biology, pharmacology, nutrition, bio-mechanics and more so that we can scientifically prescribe the best individualised exercise program for you!
What shall I expect from our initial consult?
In our Initial Consultation, we shall perform an:
1. Assessment of your medical history and lifestyle (which may include assessing your levels of physical inactivity, nutrition and identifying risk factors for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease). When we understand you and your needs we help you to achieve your goals safely and effectively.
2. Assessment of your functional abilities,
3. Evaluation of risk factors
4. Identification of barriers to exercise.
5. Development and Customisation of an Exercise Plan which will be safe, fun and effective. It shall include a plan to achieve your goals towards optimal health which may include behavioural changes to a healthier lifestyle to improve your #QOL (Quality of Life) and Life Expectancy.
Contact us now If you are interested in accessing exercise physiology services we would love to help. Contact us now on 0402629776.