Q: HOW DOES IT WORK?
A: In order to get started with an exercise physiologist, contact your GP to get a referral and book your appointment.
During your first appointment with Dan, he will conduct an initial assessment which will cover your current health status, your history as well as the goals you are hoping to achieve. Dan will then determine your movement capacity and will make a suggestion regarding how best to proceed. Most likely your options will include:
- Personalised One-on-one sessions.
Personalised exercise sessions conducted under Dan’s supervision.
- Self directed home based or gym based program.
A program will be set and performed in a way that suits you and the resources you have available. This is usually a goal to be strived to when a patient is ready to progress to working unsupervised.
Q: WHY SEE AN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST (WHY IS PHYSIOTHERAPY NOT ENOUGH)?
A: Often times patients claim that they have seen a physio and don’t believe that they need any further treatment.
While physiotherapy is essential for diagnosing and treating acute injuries and assist patients in returning to pain free living, it fails to address prevention of recurring injuries. Exercise physiologists are responsible for the continued management of the rehabilitation. This includes the design of exercise programs targeting strength and endurance as well as stability and motor control.
The Exercise Physiologists at Upright Physiology are involved in sport, exercise and training and are experts at identifying exactly what you need to do to return to play and stay uninjured.
Q: HOW DOES IT WORK?
A: We can assist those trying to manage a single injury or niggling pain as well as those suffering from more complicated conditions who might need a more comprehensive and holistic approach to overcoming pain and injury.
Participation in an appropriate exercise program should be an essential component of pain management and rehabilitation following injury. When you are stuck in a cycle of pain; going from exacerbation to painkillers and never making improvement; the exercise physiologist’s goal is to give you a plan to break the cycle.
The right individually tailored exercise program can help with chronic lower back pain, neck, shoulder pain, headaches, knee and hip pain. Exercise Physiology treatment is a form of “active modality” where the patient is taught to perform and prescribed specific exercises aimed at improving strength, flexibility, movement patterns, coordination, physical capacity, stability and balance. An Exercise Physiologist will also take into consideration other lifestyle factors and goals and will individualise an exercise program better suited for the patient’s needs.
One of our goals at Upright Physiology is to build confidence, pushing beyond the fear of pain and injury by employing an appropriate exercise program, which will help the patients develop healthier lifestyle, free from pain and injury.