What is an Exercise Physiologist?

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is an allied health professional equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions based on evidence for individuals with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. AEP’s treat individuals of all ages.

Benefits of Exercise as a Treatment
Evidence Based
Management of Chronic Illness
Suitable for All Ages
Improve Quality of Life

What to Expect

  • At your initial appointment, the AEP will discuss with you your main purpose for referral, medical history, exercise goals and goals.
  • The exercise physiologist will conduct an assessment to determine your current functional status.
  • From this evidence based exercise intervention will be designed to target your goals. This is unique to you and your current health status.
  • Follow-up appointments will be required to ensure progression towards your goals. The intervals of these follow-up appointments will be determined by the AEP in conjunction with you.
  • With the AEP it will be determined if a Home Exercise Program, In-Clinic Program or a combination of both will be most beneficial for you. Make sure you wear clothing and footwear appropriate to exercise in!

What are the benefits?

The benefits of exercise as a treatment for a range of conditions is well documented. The benefits will differ depending on any medical conditions, injuries and disabilities.

Most individuals will start to see the benefits of regular exercise after 6-12 weeks. AEP’s take a holistic approach to the treatment of conditions, injuries and disabilities, looking at physical, mental and social factors that can affect your health.

Some benefits of exercise are:

  • Increased Quality of Life
  • Improved ability to perform activities of daily living
  • Prevention of Chronic Conditions(Such as Type-2 Diabetes)
  • Management of Chronic Conditions

*Please note our exercise space is located upstairs, if you are unable to walk upstairs please call reception to discuss alternative arragements.

Hypertension
Ischemic Heart Disease
Chronic Heart Failure
Arrhythmias
Pace-makers
Peripheral Heart Disease

Low Back Pain
Soft tissue injuries
Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Fibromyalgia

Asthma
COPD
Cystic Fibrosis

Type 1 and 2 Diabetes
Pre-Diabetes
High Cholesterol
Hyper and Hypo Thyroidism
Metabolic Syndrome
Overweight and Obesity
Gestational Diabetes

All types
Can be during treatment or remission

Endometriosis
Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Pre-natal care
Post-natal care
Pelvic Floor
Menopause

Parkinson’s
Multiple Sclerosis
Stroke
Cerebral Palsy
Dementia
Traumatic Brain Injury

Chronic Kidney Failure
End Stage Renal Disease
Post Kidney Transplant
Diabetic Nephropathy

Anxiety Disorders
Affective Disorders
Psychotic Disorders and Trauma
Stressors Related Disorders
About Jo Matthews | Prescription Exercise as Medicine
Jo has completed Masters of Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation from Victoria University, and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, from Deakin University. Therefore, able to hold the dual accreditations of Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and Accredited Exercise Scientist (AES) and is a member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSAM).

Jo believes in a whole person approach to treatment, looking at the physical, mental and social factors that influence health. Jo uses a range of strength and rehabilitation techniques to help her clients achieve their goals. She has a special interest in treating musculoskeletal conditions, prevention/management of chronic conditions and strength & conditioning. In her spare time, Jo enjoys tennis, pilates and swimming. Her background in state level swimming led her to become an Exercise Physiologist, after sustaining multiple injuries and seeing the benefits first-hand, of how an Exercise Physiologist can assist with injuries and chronic conditions.

Jo believes in an individualised approach to exercise prescription and loves to see her clients achieve their goals.
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