EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION
 
Safe exercises individually tailored to your condition or injury whilst supervised one on one in our fully equipped rehabilitation gym.
Conditions treated include;
​- obesity/weight loss
- arthritis
- diabetes
- osteoporosis
- cardiovascular diseases
- musculoskeletal injuries
- low back pain
- pre & post gastric surgery
- strength and conditioning, CV fitness training
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CLINICAL PILATES
 
Clinical pilates is a specialised exercise routine designed to improve core stability muscles. These programs are tailored to your individual muscle dysfunctions to target the problem areas to decrease pain and improve function. Especially effective for low back and neck pain as well as shoulder conditions. A one on one session is of utmost importance to grade your level of core strength and control and be certain you are correctly activating the right muscle groups.
HYDROTHERAPY 

 

One on one hydrotherapy sessions involve supervised treatment and specialised exercises in the heated pool (32°C). Hydrotherapy is beneficial for post surgery (e.g. total knee replacement), assisting with injury rehabilitation, arthritis, exercising sore and painful joints, general fitness/ balance and fracture recovery. The heated water encourages stiff muscles and joints to relax, whilst the buoyancy takes the load off the weight bearing joints, allowing them to be exercised painlessly.
CARDIAC REHABILITATION

 

Bodyfix is now offering a Cardiac Rehabilitation program for members of the Charters Towers and surrounding communities that have had a cardiac episode or surgery. Our sessions are run by a fully Accredited Exercise Physiologist and are inclusive of safe exercise, lifestyle change education, and liaison with referring surgeons and GPs to keep the client’s entire care team informed of their progress. Depending on the severity of the event, episode, or surgery, cardiac rehabilitation could span over 6 or 12 weeks. At Bodyfix, we take an individual approach to care, rather than relying on the exact same program for every client, which we find maximises effectiveness. We have modern facilities, with a fully equipped and air-conditioned rehabilitation gym that is private and safe for clients who may find public gyms daunting.
A referral from a GP or Cardiologist is required prior to commencing this program.
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EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY FAQS 
WHAT IS AN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST?
An Exercise Physiologist is a university-qualified health professional who specialises in designing and delivering safe and effective exercise for chronic conditions, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, or anyone wanting to improve their health or fitness.
Gym or Hydrotherapy programs can be delivered for the following:
  • Diabetes
  • Return to work conditioning
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular conditions: high blood pressure and coronary artery disease
  • Mental health: PTSD, depression, anxiety
  • Pre/post-surgery rehabilitation
  • People with injuries of the body who want to get started with exercise and fitness.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST AND A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists both use exercise to help treat pain and improve movement and strength after an injury or surgery.
 
An Exercise Physiologist mainly uses a hands-off approach and their area of specialty is in prescribing exercise for chronic conditions.
 
A Physiotherapist uses a combination of hands-on and exercise treatment. They specialise in diagnosing injuries and provide the initial treatment after surgery or for a new injury.
Most clients in pain would start their treatment with a Physiotherapist and progress to an Exercise Physiologist as they require further exercises and rehabilitation to prevent the injury from recurring again.
 
 
HOW IS AN EP DIFFERENT FROM A PERSONAL TRAINER?
 Exercise Physiologists study at University for 4 years and complete 500 hours of clinical practice. They are qualified to prescribe exercise to healthy/low-risk populations (people looking at increasing fitness and strength, or decreasing weight) and special/high-risk populations (people with chronic conditions or injuries). A personal trainer completes a TAFE course that can be completed in 6 weeks. They are qualified to prescribe exercise for only healthy populations. Their sessions are not claimable under private health.
 
 
WHAT HAPPENS IN MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
 Your initial appointment will consist of a sit-down consultation to discuss your medical and musculoskeletal history, set goals for treatment, and create a detailed and achievable plan. It will also involve a physical assessment looking at your range of movement and strength. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in and shoes to exercise in.
 
 
DO I NEED A REFERRAL?
No. A GP referral is only required if you have an appointment under the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicare (EPC), or Work Cover.
  • ​DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) clients are welcome, including both Gold and White Card Holders. All that is required is a referral from your GP.
  • NDIS Registered Providers.
  • Work Cover clients are welcome - all that is required is your claim number and a current medical certificate from your treating doctor. You should also receive a message from your case manager to let you know that the claim is open and accepted.​
  • EPC Plan clients are welcome for up to 5 Medicare rebated physiotherapy or exercise physiology sessions per calendar year. Type 2 Diabetes clients are also entitled to group sessions.
  • Private Clients do not require a referral.​ Home visits available upon request.