Exercise testing for the evaluation of health and performance status and prescriptive exercise programming to compliment the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Sports specific programming for performance and injury prevention. Running gait education, rehabilitation of running related injuries and run gait retraining is an area of specialty.
Graded exercise testing and functional movement assessment are an important evaluative tools for considering appropriate exercise programming per individual. Whether returning to sport post an ACL rehabilitative protocol or managing Type 2 Diabetes the human body has an amazing capacity to heal. Physical loading and activity is imperative. However if exercises are executed poorly, are inappropriate for the candidate or done in too rapid a succession the person can impact negatively on their health condition or create new injuries.
Most sports and fitness programs require participants to run. Many runners have poor running biomechanics that load the kinetic chain (body) adversely causing injury over time. Equally many runners have poorly constructed run-load programs which often expedite the onset of injury. Good running mechanics and appropriate load programming are essential for injury prevention and good performance.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:
The origin of musculoskeletal injuries and diseased states are multifactorial. Therefore many factors need to be considered when assessing injury and disease status as well as prescribing appropriate exercises for rehabilitation. Biomechanical factures, e.g. how one loads and moves their kinetic chain through space is one such factor that is imperative to evaluate. Poor movement habits cause and/or exacerbate wear and tear on the musculoskeletal system and may cause joint degradation. Improvement of movement quality not only assists the body in healing, it improves performance.
OPSMC offers Exercise Physiology services at our Olympic Park and East Melbourne Campuses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral?
No referral is required, however you may be able to get a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) medicare rebate if you have a chronic medical condition. Please see FAQ below regarding rebates.
What do I need to bring?
Comfortable clothes to move or exercise in, such as a tracksuit or running gear.
How long will the session take?
The initial consult is 60 minutes, the program presentation is between 60-90 minutes.
Can I get a rebate?
Patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) rebate through Medicare. (Formerly known as an EPC plan). CDM services and Team Care arrangements (TCA) are arranged by a patient’s G.P. Please discuss your suitability for this plan with your G.P. Present any CDM/TCA plan to your Exercise Physiologist at the time of consultation. A gap fee will apply.
Is this service covered by Private Health Insurance?
Patients with Private Health Insurance that include ‘Extras Cover’ may be covered for Exercise Physiology services. Please check with your health fund.
What’s the difference between a Physiotherapist and an Exercise Physiologist?
A physiotherapist has a skill set the exercise physiologist doesn’t possess, and vica versa. A physiotherapist is a diagnostician and is able to perform manipulative therapies. Further, the physiotherapist tends to work in the acute stage management of injury as well as focally in chronic pain. An exercise physiologist performs graded exercise testing to assess health status and presecribes whole body programming for the rehabilitation of injury and improvement of diseased states according to the clients needs. Often the work of an exercise physiologist facilitates that of the physiotherapist.