Exercise Physiology

WHAT IS AN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST?

Fit Bones Class Lilyfield Physio

Exercise Physiologists (EP’s) are university trained allied health professionals who specialise in prescribing exercise to manage a broad range of conditions. They are uniquely trained to work with people with chronic and complex diseases, as well as those just wanting to improve their fitness or athletic performance.

At Lilyfield Physio, our EP’s specialise in using evidence-based exercise to:

  • Provide injury prevention and improve athletic performance
  • Actively treat long term musculoskeletal injuries and conditions
  • Manage chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease

RUNNING PERFORMANCE

Matt Werner Running Group

Our team will work with you to help you to get the maximum benefit and satisfaction from your running by developing your running technique and improving your fitness.

This will include:

  • Full Assessment of your running technique
  • Full Assessment of your running fitness
  • Planning your training diary
  • Implementing key training sessions
  • Reassessing your level of improvement and goals.

The program can be tailored to any level of runner from those enjoying the short couple of kilometres right through to the marathon runner and can be implemented individually or in a small group.

EXERCISE AND CANCER

Lilyfield Physio, Physiotherapist assisted exercise for cancer

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, structured exercise may be the last thing on your mind, particularly when going through difficult treatments. Evidence based guidelines recommend that all people with cancer exercise regularly to help tolerate and recover from cancer treatments.

Our exercise physiologists can help by prescribing an appropriate program for you, taking into account:

  • Your medical history
  • Exercise and physical activity history
  • Condition and treatment plan

PINC – Cancer Post-Surgery and Treatment Exercise Programmes

Nelda Petschack is a certified PINC (www.pincandsteel.com) physiotherapist, with specific qualifications for treating the musculoskeletal side effects of cancer treatment and surgery.

A specific individualised exercise program may include-manual therapy, graduated resistance training and clinical pilates.

 

Medicare rebates apply for both Exercise Physiology and Physiotherapy, talk to your GP to see if you are eligible for a care plan.

HEART AND DIABETIC HEALTH

Heart Exercises Lilyfield Physio

EXERCISE FOR DIABETES

Everybody benefits from regular exercise but for people with diabetes mellitus (Type 1 or Type 2) exercise can play a vital role in the management of their condition. Research shows that for people with diabetes, exercise can help to:

  • Improve blood sugar control
  • Decrease proportion of body fat
  • Decrease the risk of developing other chronic conditions
  • Reduce stress

If you have diabetes, it is important that you consult with your GP before getting started with an exercise program, as there are some considerations that you may need to take into account. Our team can then prescribe an individually tailored program to suit your condition and goals.

Medicare rebates apply, talk to your GP to see if you are eligible for a care plan.

 

EXERCISE FOR HEART HEALTH

Whether you are at risk, have a family history, or have been diagnosed with heart disease, exercise can have significant benefits. Appropriately prescribed exercise can bring about favourable changes to:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood sugar control
  • Weight control

Our team will prescribe an individualised program taking into account your functional capacity, physical limitations, exercise history and preferences.

If you have a heart condition, it is important that you consult with your GP before getting started with an exercise program, as there are some considerations that you may need to take into account.

Medicare rebates may apply, talk to your GP to see if you are eligible for a care plan.

FITNESS FOR LIFE

Lilyfield Physio fitness for life

Exercise is medicine

Exercise is proving to be critical in the management of a wide range of common lifestyle conditions such as:
• cancer therapy
• diabetes
• cardiovascular disorders
• weight control
• metabolic disorders
• mental health.

We’ll work with you (and your GP if necessary) to tailor an exercise programme specific to your goals – whether it’s as part of one of our small group classes, a one-on-one with Matt, our Exercise Physiologist, or a programme for you to undertake at home. It doesn’t have to be a brutal workload or overly complicated, but you will need to get out of your comfort zone.

Training advice

Most sports injuries occur because of excessive loading of structures. The science tells us that this is usually more relevant than biomechanical or technique faults. Training over-load can happen to the jogger preparing for the City-to-Surf even more easily than it can afflict the elite athlete.

Ask us to help you design a training plan relevant to your goals, whether it be:
• Marathon
• Walking Camino de Santiago
• Ocean swimming
• Strength training
• Gym program – we can conduct on-site program design

Performance

This comes down to moving your body efficiently, and ideally, effortlessly. Performance evaluation considers issues such as specific technique, balance, torque production (speed) and muscle balance. It is very individual and relates to both the amateur and the elite sports-person. We can work with you using manual facilitation, video, taping, mirrors and gait software to help you perform to your best.

Your Best 20

If we’ve learnt nothing else from years in this profession it is these 2 things…

1. Getting a little bit done daily makes a huge difference
2. It can be really hard to get into a routine when you’re busy.

No joy for you or us. So, our way around this is to choose (with you) ONLY exercises that are relevant to your goals, and make them practical and palatable. To be frank, if they are the right exercises done well, 20 minutes is often plenty of time.