About Exercise Physiology

Exercise Physiology is recommended by doctors as a clinically proven, safe and effective treatment for a broad range of health challenges, particularly musculoskeletal issues and chronic disease prevention and management.

At Trained Physio & Fitness, our exercise physiologists are able to diagnose, manage and treat a broad range of health conditions using exercise and movement as ‘medicine’.   Their goal is to provide patients with long-term solutions that often include behavioural changes which lead to positive outcomes.

So whether you’re needing post-surgical rehabilitation, a diabetes management programme, injury prevention or anything in between, you can trust our fully trained, accredited and highly experienced exercise physiologists to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

We understand that everyone is different.  That’s why we provide a supportive, caring environment where you can have full confidence in our Exercise Physiologist to develop an individualised movement and exercise programme to support your specific health needs and goals.

Benefits of Exercise Physiology

When you work with one of our experienced exercise physiologists at Trained Physio & Fitness, you’re assured of a healthier future. We’ll work out an effective treatment plan to restore your physical function and improve your quality of life.

You should schedule a consultation with one of our exercise physiologists if you need help with:

  • Chronic health issues as a result of previous physical injury
  • Musculoskeletal conditions which affect your bones, muscles and joints
  • Pre and post surgical rehabilitation
  • Neurological conditions which affect your movement including Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and Muscular Dystrophy
  • Chronic disease management (including arthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer treatment care programmes)
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Diabetes management and prevention
  • Osteoporosis and Osteopenia management to improve your strength and mobility and maintain bone health
  • Weight management (including obesity and eating disorders)
  • Gym rehabilitation (personalised exercise and movement plans following injury, illness or surgery)
  • Mental health and emotional regulation

Our exercise physiologists have an in-depth knowledge and understanding about the human body and the mental and physical benefits of exercise and movement.  They will assess your needs and work out a tailored treatment plan that will lead to long-term health and lifestyle improvements.

Who Our Exercise Physiologists Work With

Our patients range from young children to senior citizens.  Anyone who has a need to improve their mobility and their physical function will benefit from the supportive care and trusted expertise of our exercise physiologists.

You also don’t need to be in pain or suffer from a chronic condition to see an exercise physiologist either.  Physical interventions can make the world of difference to a healthier mind and body – and our Exercise Physiologist can work out a plan to get you moving towards long-term health and wellness benefits.

We work with:

  • Men and women suffering from musculoskeletal issues
  • Those needing pre or post surgery rehabilitation
  • People wanting to make behavioural changes which lead to improved health and wellness
  • Senior citizens to improve their quality of life and prevent injury
  • Those suffering from a range of medical conditions including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and arthritis
  • Mental health patients
  • People living with neurological conditions such as Autism
  • People wishing to increase their mobility and physical strength safely and effectively
  • Those needing rehabilitation following physical injury

This list goes on and on because we work with people of any age and stage wanting to increase their physical health and mental wellbeing.  Our initial consultations take 45 minutes, so we can get a thorough understanding of your needs and you won’t feel rushed.  Follow-up appointments are either 30 or 60 minutes.  You’ll feel the difference after an appointment with one of our exercise physiologists at Trained Physio & Fitness.

What To Expect From Your First Exercise Physiologist Appointment

Your initial appointment with your exercise physiologist takes 45 minutes, and will involve an in-depth conversation about the reason for your visit and any musculoskeletal pain or discomfort you are experiencing.  They will also assess your case notes and diagnosis from the referring physiotherapist or sports doctor.

Your exercise physiologist will discuss your personal goals in terms of functional ability.  They will also do assessments to determine your strength, balance and mobility.

This detailed assessment is necessary for them to work out an exercise plan customised to your individual needs and circumstances.  You will do some activity in your first session, so you should please dress accordingly.

Rest assured that our experienced exercise physiologists will explain everything to you in language that is easy to understand.  They’ll be very happy to answer any queries because with us, there’s no such thing as a silly question!

Your exercise physiologist will demonstrate any exercises for you to do on your own at home and if necessary, they’ll recommend collaboration with other health professionals.  We have well-established relationships with a variety of allied health professionals such as radiologists, sports doctors, massage therapists etc, so you can be sure you’re getting the best holistic treatment.

You don’t need a doctor’s referral to consult one of our exercise physiologists unless you are making a claim through Worker’s Compensation, a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA), the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) or Medicare.

Exercise Physiology FAQ’s

An exercise physiologist is basically an expert in physical movement. They are university-qualified allied healthcare professionals who are trained to prescribe clinical exercise interventions as effective tools for rehabilitation, pain management, injury prevention and the maintenance of a healthy, active lifestyle.

In Australia, a person has to complete a Bachelor degree at a national university to qualify as an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP).  The minimum undergraduate course length is four years of full-time study.  To become an accredited exercise physiologist with the Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA), applicants need to complete a continuing professional development programme annually and work under the Institute’s code of ethics.

An exercise physiologist can help you achieve your health and lifestyle goals.  Everyone is different and whether your aim is to run an ultra marathon or get up from a chair without pain or difficulty, an exercise physiologist can prescribe clinically-proven exercises to get you there.

An exercise physiologist can make a significant difference in the successful treatment of a variety of health challenges and goals. They use exercise to help treat a wide range of physical and mental health conditions including physical injury, cardiovascular issues, neurological challenges, musculoskeletal problems, diabetes, osteoarthritis, cancers, kidney, respiratory/pulmonary conditions and mental health challenges.  They can also provide qualified advice on how people can make behavioural changes in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

There are similarities as well as significant differences between the roles of a physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist.  Both focus on movement for optimal health, but they take different approaches.   A physio provides hands-on treatments including massage and joint manipulation, whereas an exercise

physiologist prescribes individual exercise programmes and advice to help patients restore physical function and improve their quality of life. A personal trainer helps people identify their personal health and fitness goals, designs programmes to support these goals, monitors their progress and modifies their options where necessary.

At Trained Physio & Fitness, your initial consultation with our exercise physiologist will take 45 minutes, with follow-up sessions taking either 30 or 60 minutes depending on your needs.

It’s not possible to put an exact timeframe on your recovery or rehabilitation and the number of sessions with our exercise physiologist will depend on your personal circumstances.  Some of our patients only require a single session with home-based exercises, while others need longer and more intense rehabilitation and support.  Rest assured that our experts will always prescribe a programme that is safe and effective – and tailored specifically for your needs.

You can expect to discuss your physical health challenge, perform various mobility and functionality assessments and set recovery/rehabilitation/physical movement goals.  Your exercise physiologist will prepare a personalised plan to help you achieve those goals and they’ll start working with you on your prescribed exercise routine during your initial session.

Rebates from private health insurers for exercise physiology services depend on the provider and the individual’s level of cover.

An exercise physiology session generally involves some sort of warm-up routine to prepare your body for physical exercise (usually some cardiovascular activity as well as stretching).  Typically, a session will include strength and resistance training, flexibility exercises, balance exercises if necessary and a cooling down routine.

Absolutely! Exercise is recognised as an evidence-based treatment for a variety of health challenges and lifestyle modifications and your exercise physiologist will tailormake your session to suit your abilities and your goals.  Everyone is different and your prescribed exercise routine will comprise different components to ensure your safe and effective recovery and rehabilitation.

Our experienced exercise physiologists are fully qualified and professionally trained. This means you can have complete trust that they have the appropriate knowledge, skills and competencies to safely and effectively design, deliver and evaluate your exercise programme.


Need to improve your mobility or physical function?  Lacking support to achieve your long-term physical health and wellness goals?

If your doctor or health professional has recommended exercise as a preventative, prescriptive and rehabilitative intervention, why not make an appointment with our friendly and professional exercise physiologist in Perth?

They’ll help you move better and feel better, physically and mentally.  Call us today on 08 9325 7602 or book an appointment through our website.

Trained Physio & Fitness work off extended consult times so our clients never feel rushed while they are seeing our team. We offer 60 min Initial consults and 30 min for any follow up appointments you may require.

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