What is an Exercise Physiologist?



LUME, Adelaide. Exercise Physiology. Clinical Pilates. Yoga.

Accredited Exercise Physiologist’s (AEPs) are Allied Health Professionals who use exercise to aid in the management and prevention of various health conditions. AEPs are university qualified and must meet strict requirements to attain and maintain accreditation from professional body Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). AEPs have an extensive knowledge and skill set to evaluate, prescribe and deliver safe and effective exercise for people with acute, sub-acute and chronic health conditions, disabilities and injuries.

Accredited Exercise Physiologist’s can help people with the management of:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Cancer and cancer treatment
  • Cardiovascular disease and risk (Hypertension, Dyslipidaemia, Coronary Heart Disease etc.)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chronic Pain conditions
  • Dementia and Alzheimers
  • Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, Gestational, and impaired glucose tolerance)
  • Disabilities (Physical, Intellectual, Sensory Processing)
  • Hormonal Dysfunction (PCOS, Thyroid Disorders etc.)
  • Injury rehab
  • Menopause
  • Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD etc.)
  • Neurological conditions and disease (Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke etc.)
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paediatric populations
  • Pregnancy and post-partum
  • Respiratory Diseases (Asthma, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis etc.)
  • Spinal injuries

Along with working with people with chronic health conditions, AEPs can also work with the otherwise healthy population in managing general health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Everyone, regardless of ability or health status can reap benefits from exercise. In fact those with health conditions and disabilities can often receive the most significant improvements in their overall health and quality of life. An AEP can assess and appropriately prescribe exercise to different people and provide support in the management of various conditions and overall health and quality of life.

If you or someone you know has a health condition or concern, risk factors for the development of chronic conditions, or another barrier to exercise, an AEP may be able to help.

We all know that exercise is good for us, but the specifics and mechanisms as to how it can help with different aspects of our health and functioning isn’t as widely understood. Watch this space as we will continue to provide education around the benefits and necessity of exercise, and how you can increase and maintain regular exercise.

– Kim Szeto

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Lume Pilates & Movement.

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