One of the common questions we get in the clinic is “I know what a Physiotherapist is and what they do, but what is an Exercise Physiologist?’’ We're here to lay down the facts – there is a lot an AEP can do for you, and you might not know it!
An AEP is a qualified health professional who specialises in exercise interventions to treat sub-acute or chronic conditions. They design and provide safe and effective programs that have been supported by scientific research and experience. This improves outcomes specific to a condition, such as improving blood glucose for diabetes, or improving overall health, fitness and quality of life. They are qualified to help you through creating lifestyle changes by using behavioural change techniques.
AEPs have Medicare Provider numbers and can be claimed under most private health insurances.
Conditions that AEPs can treat:
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist can help people who have developed, at risk of developing, or who want to prevent injuries and chronic medical health conditions.
Some of the more common conditions include:
This list is only short and does not cover all the conditions - If you’re unsure whether an AEP is right for you, we are always happy to have a chat!
How is an AEP different from a personal trainer or physiotherapist?
To become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, you need to:
Different from a personal trainer: They are different from personal trainers, who traditionally can be qualified with a minimum 6 weeks of studying and provide exercise for healthy individuals who are at low risk of chronic illness.
Different from a physiotherapist: AEPs do not provide any manual therapy! This means no massage, however they may assist you with stretching to relieve tight muscles. AEPs typically do not treat acute injuries (such as a fracture that just happened) however, some do specialise to be skilled in this area.
What to expect in your initial consultation with an AEP:
Our AEP, Isabella, will assess you in a number of ways depending on your condition. These assessments will determine the type, intensity and frequency of your exercise sessions. They are also used to determine your results after a program.
Some routine assessments include:
If you ever wish to discuss how an AEP can benefit you, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy & Pilates, you’ll be looked after by highly experienced and passionate young physiotherapists with a range of specialist skills and qualifications. We treat and heal all injuries and pain problems, for all kinds of people.