What is the difference between a physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist?
The “Alex” mentioned in this story is an accredited exercise physiologist at the Green Apple Wellness Centre in Bald Hills. The story is told by member Bob Cameron, who writes…
“Just a few words of encouragement from my experience at Green Apple over the past seven months. After having various health issues over a number of years my GP recommended that I speak to Victoria at Green Apple to see if an exercise program could be arranged for strengthening, flexibility and restoration of muscle loss and other ailments that hindered my well being.
I came under the care of Alex and he set out a program whereby I could work at my own pace to gradually regain my strength. My medical advisors said go for it and they agreed that exercise is medicine when done safely under the supervision of qualified exercise physiologists.
I have no doubt that exercise is medicine for my body and that my time at Green Apple has helped greatly in recovery from medication – induced Diabetes Two and joint pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis, great improvement in body muscle tone and strength, plus assistance in heart function from very poor to normal and I was bordering on osteoporosis and scans show my bone density has increased by 5% in the short time I have been exercising here.
The challenge is now for persistence and perseverance and hard work and I know that these elements give me hope for the future. I hope you can join me on this journey. My thanks to Victoria, Alex and all the staff at Green Apple.”
I am constantly asked “What is the difference between a physiotherapist and an exercise physiologist?” Most people do not realise that both these professionals have completed a four year university course which has included intensive related practicum work. Both exercise physiologists and physiotherapists have to meet specific criteria to register with their own professional registration bodies to achieve accreditation to be eligible for a provider number for Medicare and Private Health Fund work.
The Accredited Exercise physiologists (AEP) at the Green Apple, Alex, Sunny, Dany, Ros and Emma, apply their knowledge over a wide range of medical issues, from biomechanical dysfunction to metabolic conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, COPD, heart. They not only have to understand how the medical conditions affect you but also what exercise will work to manage the condition.
To qualify as a Green Apple Exercise Physiologist requires additional skill sets. They need to be able to listen to you and to understand what will inspire you to make the necessary lifestyle changes. They must be passionate about helping you to succeed.
And that is not all! The Exercise Physiologists at the Green Apple have multiple exercise options from small, supervised groups using strength equipment, to pool work, to core exercises etc. As one Green Apple member said “the Exercise Physiologists have so many toys to play with here”.
If you have a Care Plan from your doctor, or a private health fund, you might want to see a Green Apple Exercise Physiologist to help with your body housekeeping journey. For more information, phone 3261 1249.