WHAT IS CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY?
The practice of exercise physiology encompasses a broad spectrum of disciplines, but overall shares the common usage of exercise and active therapies as a means of medicine, rehabilitation and overall more comprehensive return to fuller physical function. Accredited Exercise Physiologists are university trained and qualified to work with individuals diagnosed with a broad range of conditions, illness, injuries and disabilities - no matter how big or small, simple or complex.
From major conditions and complaints such as chronic pain, cancer, cardiovascular health, neurological conditions, mental health, diabetes and obesity to overuse injuries, pre & post-natal health and recovery, postural issues, sports injuries and health/wellness education.
The weight of scientific evidence for specialized exercise interventions as an effective long term treatment and management solution to many health issues is quite powerful and only expanding further as more and more research comes out. For many common health issues that most people face, specialized exercise is now widely considered as the most effective means of health intervention for clients long-term self-management and overall positive outcomes – overtaking more traditional methods such as passive/manual therapies and drug therapy.
For more complex and comprehensive health issues, specialized exercise interventions are also seen as such a vital and impactful component to a patient's treatment and overall management and rehabilitation due mainly to the integrated positive effect exercise can have for both the physical body along with the associated psychological and emotional elements - all with almost zero negative side effects.
This is why GP's, Surgeons and other health specialists are now seriously recommending to their patients to find and incorporate exercise as such an integral part of their own recovery and rehabilitation
Clinical exercise physiology is a practice that is based on scientific evidence and the exercise interventions themselves are specifically and appropriately curated around the needs, capacities and capabilities of that client - whether that be for cardiovascular health, to flexibility & major joint mobility to combat joint pain, pilates-based exercise, resistance training or balance and falls-prevention, walking and functional drills for everyday living - exercise physiology has the potential to enhance one's long-term quality of life, more so than any other health intervention.
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