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What isExercise Physiology?

Exercise physiology involves the evaluation of participants’ health, function and mobility, in order to design appropriate exercise and fitness programs. Exercise physiologists help people of all ages and levels of health and fitness to improve cardiovascular function, body composition, and flexibility, particularly those experiencing a deterioration in health due to ageing, injury, illness or disability.

Why should I see an Exercise Physiologist?

There are a broad range of reasons as to why someone may seek the professional services of an accredited exercise physiologist to improve their health. These include but are not limited to:

  • Musculoskeletal disease or dysfunction (including tendinitis, muscle strain, muscle weakness, deterioration)

  • Bone Health ( including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, surgical pre/rehabilitation)

  • Cancer

  • Women’s health issues (including osteoporosis/osteopenia, pelvic floor, endometriosis)

  • Neurological disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis)

  • Mental health conditions (including depression)

  • Pain relief

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Pulmonary disease (including asthma, COPD)

  • Learning difficulties

  • Cognitive disorders

  • Weight control

  • Diabetes

  • Metabolic disorders

Why Choose Atkins Health for Exercise Physiology?

At Atkins Health, we work with only the best accredited exercise physiologists Gold Coast has to offer. As a business, we put a lot of focus on allowing our team members to be in their “Genius Mode,” which allows our practitioners to focus solely on building meaningful relationships with our clients to better serve them and get results. We pay particular attention to the client as a person, not a condition, and we set up treatment plans that are specific to their individual needs. We use movement and exercise as our tools.

We conduct six-weekly reviews with every client to ensure that we adapt to their changing requirements and expectations, and to ensure that our clients are indeed reaching their goals. On average based on these frequent reviews, over 90% of tested clients achieve or exceed their health, wellbeing and fitness goals.

With a choice of three exercise physiology Gold Coast clinics, home visits, online classes and telephone consultations, our clients have a wide choice of where and how they receive their exercise physiology treatments. In addition, we also offer Gold Coast physio services to provide a more holistic solution across the two complimentary disciplines.

Atkins Health is a pioneer in exercise physiology. We are consistently challenging best practice to progressively improve. Through joint ventures with varying tertiary education institutions, medical specialists and pharmaceutical and technology companies, Atkins Health is designing and implementing new and innovative ways of practicing whilst all the while researching and analysing the data for viable progressions to modern day “best practice”.

Does Medicare Cover Exercise Physiology? What about DVA?

As with all other Allied Health services, exercise physiology is covered through a Medicare chronic disease management plan (CDMP). A CDMP can be issued by your G.P when you have been suffering from a condition or pain for longer than three months. This plan gives you a rebate for a total of five visits in a calendar year across all Allied Health professions. Each session must go for a total of 20 mins in duration however many practices provide longer sessions, and charge a small gap.

Holders of a Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) Gold or White Card will incur no charge for their exercise physiology sessions.

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Does NDIS Cover Exercise Physiology?

Yes, exercise physiology falls under two categories within the NDIS. Improved Daily Living Skills and Improved Health and Well-being, giving greater opportunities for participants to get care under an exercise physiologist.

What is Exercise Physiology in Sport?

Exercise physiologists study the bio-mechanics, anatomy and physiology to prescribe appropriate movements and exercises to improve performance. Exercise physiology in sport assesses the movement profiles of the athletes to ensure they are performing in the most efficient and effective ways whilst avoiding the risk of injury.

What is the Difference Between an Exercise Physiologist and a Physiotherapist?

You may well wonder, and it’s a common question! There are two major differences between exercise physiology and physiotherapy:

  1. Physiotherapists do hands on therapy, diagnostics and exercise rehabilitation whereas an exercise physiologist solely focuses on and specialises in exercise rehabilitation.

  2. Exercise physiologists primarily focus on chronic conditions that have been long developing like osteoporosis or a neurological condition for example, whereas physiotherapists are more heavily involved in the acute phase of treatment, where the onset may be more severe and sudden, like a fracture or an asthmatic attack.

What is the Difference Between an Exercise Physiologist and a Personal Trainer?

Let’s tackle this one too! There are four main differences between an exercise physiologist (EP) and a personal trainer (PT) :

  1. Scope – whilst both professions can provide services to the general healthy population, only an EP is qualified to provide professional advice specific to medical conditions.

  2. Approach – an EP works “inside-out”, applying knowledge of the human anatomy and its systems for exercise selection in order to get a desired response, while a PT works “outside-in’, applying exercises to muscle groups to get a desired response.

  3. Funding – Exercise physiology can be funded through Medicare, DVA, NDIS, and private health funds. The costs of personal training are usually met entirely by the client. In limited cases, PT sessions may be available through private health funds and NDIS.

  4. Qualification – Exercise Physiologists require a relevant degree with a minimum 4 years of study from an accredited university. Personal trainers require only a four-week certificate course.

Despite the differences both professions can often be seen to be charging the same amount per service!

With the flexibility of four exercise physiology Gold Coast clinics located at Runaway Bay, Varsity Lakes, Pimpama and Canungra, plus home visits available from Tweed Heads/Coolangatta to Beenleigh, give us a call today on (07) 3177 7779 or contact us by email to learn how we can help with your specific needs.


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