Your Accredited Exercise Physiologist has completed a 4 year University degree and more than 500 hours of clinical experience before registering with the governing body, Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).
All this learning makes them experts in anatomy, biomechanics, human physiology and the management of chronic disease. The high level of knowledge and skill of an Accredited Exercise Physiologist means they are registered Allied Health Providers and are recognised by Medicare and Private Health funds.
Is EP the same as Physio?
The key difference between an EP and a Physio, is that a Physiotherapist works primarily in the acute management of injuries and musculoskeletal imbalances and may use manual therapy or joint manipulation as part of their treatment. Physiotherapists are also able to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, whereas EP’s use Exercise as Medicine to address long-term, management, prevention and improved performance.
EP or Personal Trainer?
Going to a gym or seeing a Personal Trainer is a great way to incorporate exercise into your life! Gym instructors and personal trainers are qualified to deliver exercise programs to healthy populations, however if you have niggles, injuries, a chronic health condition or want performance optimisation, the role of an Exercise Physiologist is to prescribe exercise specifically around your conditions to help you meet your health and fitness goals.
Why see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?
People come to see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for a wide range of health and fitness services. Some use exercise for the effective treatment of a chronic health condition such as diabetes, asthma, or cardiovascular disease, some may seek treatment for chronic pain and musculo-skeletal rehabilitation, and others may be looking to improve their fitness or athletic performance. Regardless of why you come to see an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, you can trust that they have the expert knowledge to prescribe a specialised exercise program to suit you.
You can find a comprehensive list of our Exercise Physiology services here.