What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are university qualified allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver 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, and any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client’s clinical status.
AEPs work in a number of environments, including but not limited to:
- Public and private hospitals settings
- Primary, secondary and tertiary health care
- Within private and multidisciplinary clinics
- Population health
- Workplace health and rehabilitation
- Ageing and aged care
- Fitness centres, gymnasiums, business
- Sporting settings
What is Exercise Rehabilitation?
Exercise Rehabilitation at Absolute Balance includes physical rehabilitation for injuries sustained in the workplace, motor vehicle accidents, as well as injuries relating to income protection and life insurance claims. We treat not only physical injuries but also mental health claims within the compensable system such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder to name a few.
Absolute Balance is highly specialised in providing return to work exercise rehabilitation programmes. Our exercise programmes are tailored to the individual and based on the critical physical demands of the job role to provide effective job hardening and functional return to work. Our programmes include hydrotherapy, land-based exercise including gymnasium, home and workplace exercise programs.
What are the benefits of engaging in an Exercise Rehabilitation Programme?
At Absolute Balance we are experts in exercise rehabilitation return to work programmes and specialise in complex claims. We understand the importance of return to work and that long-term work absence, work disability and unemployment typically have a negative impact on health and well-being. We can assist in regaining physical function and provide work hardening through a supervised exercise rehabilitation programme and also provide education on self-management techniques to reduce the risk of injury recurrence. We can also assist in facilitating a meaningful return to work programme by communicating with Doctors, Specialists, Insurers, Vocational Rehabilitation, Physiotherapists, Employers and other stakeholders.
At Absolute Balance you know you will be getting an experienced Exercise Physiologist as we all hold post-graduate degrees and have many years of clinical experience between us. We engage in weekly professional development to knowledge share and make sure we are staying abreast of the latest treatment recommendations and industry trends.
How do we conduct, what principles?
At Absolute Balance every individual is assessed and an appropriate treatment plan, treatment goals and exercise programme are prescribed based on injury history, presentation and their job role. We conduct our exercise rehabilitation programmes following the WorkCover WA Clinical Framework for the delivery of health services.
The five principles that guide our assessment, treatment plans, treatment goals are exercise prescription are below:
- Measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment
- Adopt a biopsychosocial approach
- Empower the injured person to manage their injury
- Implement goals focused on optimising function, participation and return to work
- Base treatment on the best available research evidence