Exercise Physiology

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EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY – are you ready to feel better?

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Are you looking for a professional who can help you get beyond your chronic health condition?

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Depending on how you got to this page it is worth understanding that Best Practice PT are known as the “personal training exercise physiologists.” This means two things. One is that you will find we have accredited Exercise Physiologists to look after you if you have chronic health or musculo-skeletal issues but also if you would like help beyond the initial work of an AEP then we have personal training packages and memberships to help keep you moving well, longer term.

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?

See this description below taken from the website of our peak body – Exercise & Sports Science Australia

“Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) hold a four-year university degree and are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. AEPs provide support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health problems, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease and more. AEPs are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers”

They also do a tidy job of describing the difference between someone qualified only as a personal trainer versus an accredited exercise physiologist – AEP

AEP vs. PT

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are not Personal Trainers. AEPs are allied-health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers and are trained members of the health and medical sector. Fitness professionals (e.g. personal trainers) are members of the sport and recreation sector.

Personal Trainer

  • The Personal Fitness Trainer Qualification (Certificate 4) may be completed in less than 6 weeks of training.
  • Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (i.e. “apparently healthy populations”).

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)

  • Allied Health Provider
  • 4 Year University Degree qualified and accredited with ESSA.
  • Specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries (i.e. ‘specific populations’).

This has also been taken from the ESSA site as it succinctly describes all the things AEP’s can help with –

  • overcome persisting pain caused by injury or overuse
  • improve your heart health
  • rehabilitate following a cardiac event
  • control your diabetes
  • prevent pre-diabetes from progressing to full diabetes
  • improve your recovery following cancer treatment
  • improve your general health and well-being

For the longer term management of your health and fitness we do personal training previously mentioned and also older adult group exercise programs with no more than 6 people in a class. You can think of us as the next best step beyond your initial treatment from other allied health professional’s such as a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath, Dietitian, Psychologist or GP.

Contact us now for an appointment or initial enquiry on 3854 0386
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