The role of an Exercise Physiologist in management of chronic health conditions!

The world is starting to recognise the amazing and seemingly unrestricted affects exercise can have on a multitude of chronic health conditions and musculoskeletal injuries. Our major issue now is how do we get someone to exercise and stick to it long term? The answer I have for you is simply human connection and the building of relationships. This is where your relevant health professionals are integral to your success of overcoming your health conditions.

As an Exercise Physiologist I work with people from all ranges of back-ground, social status, gender, race, health status and age. I have no stereotypical client that seeks out my service. I can tell you regardless of any of these labels they all have their own individual stories and listening is the first step of my job. Most people who experience a chronic health condition or long-term injury will also experience some emotional component and everyone presents differently. Studies have shown that when patients have a good relationship with their practitioner they had better health related outcomes than those who didn’t and a reduced risk of mortality.

So, when someone has been referred for exercise as treatment for a health condition, the first thing I do is listen to their story. Listening allows a person to be truly herd, this process also allows the health professional the ability to target how they are going to help you to, achieve the goal of improved health and life outcomes. Exercise is probably one of the hardest medicines for someone to stick at and that’s why there is a need for Exercise Physiologist’s to not only prescribe and administer, but to be an effective support network to see you through the process for long-term health benefits. If you or anyone you know suffer from any chronic conditions, please contact Absolute Balance for more information and we assist you with a chronic disease management (CDM) plan from your GP.

tiaraTiara Williams (B.Sc. – Exercise Physiology)
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)

 

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