Exercise Physiology (AEP)
Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) are allied health professionals that hold a four-year equivalent university degree and specialise in exercise prescription and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability. AEPs provide support for clients with neurological, musculoskeletal and cardio / respiratory conditions including:
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Spina Bifida
- Parkinsons Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Musculoskeletal / Joint Injury Rehabilitation
- Chronic Pain
- Weight Loss / Behavioural Change
Our AEPs utilise their skills in exercise prescription, combined with their training in behaviour change, to empower clients and assist them to manage their health and increase independence.
Completing exercise in warm water has many benefits for all people, including people with Spinal Cord Injuries and Neurological disorders, such as Stroke and MS.
Specific rehabilitation exercises designed by an Exercise Physiologist can help increase muscular strength as some movements that are performed against the resistance of the water, cannot be achieved or replicated on land.
The water’s buoyancy and anti-gravity effect allows freedom of movement that is ideal for individuals who have restricted mobility due to weakness and paralysis. It provides the client with the ability to float, in combination with warm water increasing blood flow to the muscles, allowing them to relax. Spasticity is a common issue with neurological injuries that can be exacerbated by cold. Hydrotherapy can reduce spasticity, facilitates movement and increases patient comfort.
Core strength and balance are key components of neurological restoration and functional ability. The increased viscosity and buoyancy of the water provides support in both the sitting and standing positions. Moving the water around the client can be utilized to challenge and strengthen core muscles and balance mechanisms. This can allow you to safely train someone in falls prevention; which may be un-safe on land and important for ambulant clients that suffer from MS or a Stroke.
Dietitians are essential members of the health team who create strategies to enable clients to achieve their food and nutrition related goals using evidence – based practice. They assess the nutritional needs of patients, plan appropriate nutrition interventions and provide nutrition education for patients and their families. Nutrition and Dietetics actively works with Food Services to ensure the provision of a high quality food and nutrition service for patients.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods including cupping and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.
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Myotherapists are highly skilled in the use of massage to reduce tension and pain in the body’s muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Our therapists are highly skilled in the use of additional instrumental methods in order to restore normal function to the musculoskeletal system. These can include: joint taping, dry needling, cupping, thermal therapies (the use of heat and cold) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).
Remedial massage therapists on the other hand work exclusively with a variety of manipulative massage techniques to eliminate muscular tension and aid relaxation. Practitioners generally only make use of their hands, sometimes with the aid of massage oils.
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Recognised funding providers:
Private Health Insurance
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