Exercise Physiology

Exercise plays a crucial role in neurological rehabilitation, and our Exercise Physiology services are committed to helping individuals with neurological conditions build strength, improve mobility, and enhance their overall well-being. At Neuro Alliance, we understand the complex relationship between physical fitness and neurological health, and our exercise physiologists are here to guide you on your journey to recovery.

Conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injuries often lead to physical deconditioning and muscle weakness. Our exercise physiologists specialise in tailoring fitness programs to meet the specific needs and goals of individuals with neurological conditions. We focus on strengthening not only the body but also the mind, recognising the vital connection between physical and mental health.

Our approach to Exercise Physiology is rooted in personalisation. We understand that every individual’s journey is unique, and their neurological condition is as distinct as they are. This is why our exercise physiologists specialise in crafting fitness programs that align with the specific needs and goals of each individual.

Whether your goal is to regain mobility, build strength, manage spasticity, or enhance cardiovascular health, our team works closely with you to design a program that fits your requirements. We consider factors such as your medical history, current physical condition, and goals, creating a program that is both effective and enjoyable.

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (EP) specialise in clinical exercise interventions for people with a broad range of health issues. Those people may be at risk of developing, or have existing, medical conditions and injuries. Exercise physiology interventions aim to prevent or manage acute, sub-acute or chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health, or wellness. These interventions are exercise-based and include health and physical activity education, advice and support, and lifestyle modification with a strong focus on achieving behavioural change.

Some neurological conditions our EP’s treat here at Neuro Alliance:

  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Functional Neurological Disorder
  • Intellectual and Developmental disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is the difference between an EP and a personal trainer?

  • A Personal trainer studies a short course that can be completed in 6-12 weeks. This course covers basic knowledge in exercise prescription for healthy populations only.
  • An Exercise Physiologist is university-trained and completes a minimum of 4 years of study covering a broad scope of chronic health conditions as well as healthy populations.
  • Exercise Physiologists complete extensive training to provide exercise for healthy populations, disabilities, chronic conditions, and injuries.

What is the difference between an EP and a Physiotherapist?

  • Exercise Physiologists generally work with conditions and injuries that are more chronic, where Physiotherapists have more knowledge in an acute setting (Physiotherapists still work with chronic conditions and injuries).
  • Physiotherapists have more knowledge in musculoskeletal and neurological assessments, allowing them to diagnose, where EPs are not able to make a formal diagnosis.
  • Exercise Physiologists have further knowledge in exercise prescription and special considerations for exercise in various populations.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can Exercise Physiology benefit individuals with neurological conditions?

Exercise Physiology can benefit individuals with neurological conditions by improving strength, mobility, cardiovascular health, and cognitive function. It helps enhance overall well-being and quality of life.

2. Is exercise safe for all neurological conditions?

Exercise can be safe and beneficial for most neurological conditions when tailored to individual needs and guided by a knowledgeable exercise physiologist. Safety precautions are in place to minimize any potential risks.

3. What should I expect during an Exercise Physiology session?

Each session typically includes a combination of exercises and activities tailored to your specific goals. You’ll work closely with our exercise physiologists to ensure proper form and technique.

4. How often should I engage in exercise for neurological rehabilitation?

The frequency of exercise varies based on individual needs and goals. Our exercise physiologists will recommend an appropriate schedule, which may range from several times a week to daily activities.

5. Can exercise improve cognitive function in neurological conditions?

Yes, exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on cognitive function. It can enhance memory, attention, and overall cognitive abilities, making it a valuable component of neurological rehabilitation.