EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

WHAT IS EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY?

Exercise physiology is the scientific study of the body and how it works.  In Australia exercise physiology is overseen by a professional organisation called the Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). 

According to ESSA, Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) are university qualified health professionals who are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, delivery and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. 

Pathology domains covered by the services of AEPs include: cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory, pulmonary and mental health. They also treat any other condition for which there is evidence that exercise can improve a client's clinical status. 

 

Exercise physiologists utilise their knowledge to prescribe personalised exercise programs for:

  • rehabilitation after an injury or surgery

  • relief from pain and discomfort

  • management and prevention of chronic health conditions

  • falls prevention

  • lifestyle assistance

  • increased independence for seniors and people with disabilities

Learn more about exercise physiology on the ESSA website.

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AGED CARE

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and My Aged Care

DISABILITY SUPPORT

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CHRONIC HEALTH 

Chronic Disease Management and Mitigation

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AT FULL CIRCLE WELLNESS

Full Circle Wellness specialise in exercise physiology services for the senior, aged, disability and chronic health sectors. We provide mobile, clinic, and community based services throughout the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Fraser Coast and Brisbane. 

We are NDIS and Medicare registered. We are also accredited with private health funds and Home Care Package providers. 

Full Circle Wellness has 6 onsite clinics where you can learn and practice prescribed exercises safely and correctly under the supervision of your Exercise Physiologist. Onsite training gives you access to specialised exercise machines and equipment.

We also offer a mobile exercise physiology service for home visits. You can exercise in the comfort of your own home with our professional and caring allied health professionals. 

Alternatively speak to us about a Telehealth appointment for an online consultations.  We use the worlds best online exercise program, Physiapp, to make exercise at home easy and convenient.

Doctors often refer patients to our Exercise Physiologists to help treat injuries, illness or medical conditions that will benefit from an exercise plan. Our services are often eligible for a Medicare rebate if a referral is under a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM). Refer to our Referrals page for more information.

You do not need a doctors referral to see us. Anyone can make an appointment! Contact our friendly reception staff to ask if you are eligible for Medicare or some other rebate.  

We work with veterans, war widows and our current service men and women under the Department of Veteran Affairs Referrals system (DVA).

 

The health value of Exercise Physiology is also widely recognised by most major Health Funds - check with your provider for more details.

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY V PERSONAL TRAINER

Many people ask what is the difference between an exercise physiologist and a personal trainer in the gym. It's a great question and there are some ver significant differences between the two, including:

  1. An exercise physiologist has undertaken at least 4 years of university education and a minimum 500 hours clinical experience compared to a personal trainer, who has usually done no more than a 6 month Certificate 4 course.

  2. An exercise physiologist can design a program for both healthy individuals and people with complex or chronic health issues. A personal trainer is best suited to design an exercise program for someone who is generally healthy and low risk.  

  3. Exercise physiology is recognised by Health Funds, Medicare and other government agencies, whereas personal training is not recognised.

  4. Exercise physiology is a recognised allied health profession and each practitioner required accreditation with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), the governing body. Personal trainers are not governed.

  5. An exercise physiologist has an in depth knowledge and understanding of anatomy, human physiology, biomechanics and disease process. A personal trainer course provides a limited understanding.

  6. An exercise physiologist provides an evidenced based approach that is customised to your specific circumstances, whereas a personal trainer will generally provide assessments and instruction based on a standard format.

CONDITIONS WE TREAT AND MANAGE

CHRONIC HEALTH

  • Obesity

  • Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

  • High blood pressure

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

  • Cancers

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Depression

  • Parkinsons

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Stroke Recovery

  • Asthma

  • Respiratory Conditions

 

REHABILITATION

  • Recovery from illness

  • Recovery from injury 

  • Post-operation recovery

  • Posture and muscle control

  • Exercise for strength and flexibility

MEET OUR EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGISTS

BRENDAN MCCANN

Brisbane

Home Vistis

TRISTAN HALL

Sunshine Coast and Noosa

Tin Can Bay

Gympie

Home Visits

WIAN VAN HEERDAN

Sunshine Coast

Tin Can Bay

Gympie

Home Visits

LEE SALPIETRO

Tin Can Bay

Home Vistis

EMMA CORMACK

Sunshine Coast 

Noosa District

Home Visits

PATRICK MORRISON

Sunshine Coast

Noosa District

Home Visits

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HOME CARE FOR SENIORS

We recommend Home Care Assistance as our preferred home care provider on the Sunshine Coast. Servicing Redcliffe to Gympie, Home Care Assistance gives seniors an alternative to leaving their home by providing top quality community care and in-home care.  

 

Are you looking to received exercise physiology or dietetics through your home care package? Full Circle Wellness is able to include these and other services within eligible packages. Speak to Home Care Assistance on 07 5491 6888 and find out how they can help you or your loved one.

YOUR LOCAL GP IN GYMPIE

We are often asked if we know any good doctors and we highly recommend the caring practitioners at Medical on Mary. We sometimes work within their premises and see how thorough and professional they are in their care. 

 

Medical on Mary offer a special health assessment for over 75's and understand the importance of exercise physiology and dietetics. Speak to them about getting a referral to one of our allied health professionals

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