Exercise Physiologists specialise in using exercise and movement as an intervention for people with a broad range of health issues or sporting goals.

Which discipline is best for you?

Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists are both university qualified allied health professionals. Accredited Exercise Physiologists (commonly known as AEP’s) use evidence-based exercise intervention for prevention and management of chronic disease, musculoskeletal injuries and weight management. There can be some confusion, as both professions have a broad scope of practice with areas of crossover.

The main difference from physiotherapy is that AEP’s do not provide hands on treatment (eg. massage, joint manipulation, dry needling etc). An Exercise Physiologist uses exercise as their main treatment modality. 

Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists will work together in a multidisciplinary team to get the best outcomes for the patient. They may also work with other allied health professionals such as Myotherapists and Dieticians to help further outcomes. 

  • Exercise Physiologists and Physiotherapists will work together in a multidisciplinary team to get the best outcomes for the patient. They may also work with other allied health professionals such as Myotherapists and Dieticians to help further outcomes.
  • If you sustain an injury, a Physiotherapist can provide a diagnosis to the injury, and and acute management of a musculoskeletal injury. An AEP can then step in to assist with providing sustainable, long-term exercise rehabilitation.  
  • AEP’s are trained in understanding the physiological response (how your body responds) to exercise in chronic diseases such a diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis. The knowledge of an Exercise Physiologist in this area of health management is extremely developed. A session with an Exercise Physiologist allows for safe and effective exercise prescription to individuals based individually on their health history and goals. 
  • AEP’s have extensive understanding of chronic health conditions with skills to provide education and lifestyle modification to improve health, wellness and quality of life. 

Frequently asked questions

Do I need Exercise Physiology?

If you want to better your health through safe, effective, progress-driven exercise programs and interventions, Exercise Physiology is for you. 

Our focus is to help our clients develop healthy lifestyle behaviours for the prevention, management, treatment and improvement of a number of general and chronic health conditions, injuries and women’s health issues. You can benefit from Exercise Physiology if you want to get better physical function, health and wellness. 

Exercise Physiology can also help:

  • Management or chronic health conditions including diabetes, cancer, hypertension, osteoporosis or other musculoskeletal complaints. 
  • You to find a suitable exercise program without aggravating old injuries
  • Assisting you with meaningful lifestyle changes to improve your overall health outcomes and quality of life 

AEP’s can help with the following health conditions:

  • Arthritis 
  • Weight loss 
  • Diabetes 
  • Musculoskeletal injuries 
  • Cancer diagnosis and recovery 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • High cholesterol 
  • Heart Disease 
  • High Blood Pressure 
  • Low Back Pain
  • Pre and Post Operative recovery 
  • Women’s health issues
  • General fitness and wellbeing

About Steph Tucker

Steph Tucker is an Exercise Physiologist who has a passion for helping people to move enjoyably while improving quality of life and health. She enjoys assisting people with any exercise background to discover a way for them to be active. Steph has a particular interest in women’s health and lower limb musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Steph has a strong belief in ensuring her interventions are based on her clients goals and needs, while combining this with the most recent evidence based treatment in order to achieve the best outcome for each individual.

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