What is Exercise Physiology?

And what can it do for me?

It’s a question we get a lot!

And you’re not crazy for not knowing.

We’re not physios, we’re not personal trainers, and we certainly aren’t going to give you a massage.

Exercise Physiology is only a relatively new profession in Australia and was created to address the issue of no one quite having the scope to prescribe all the amazing new emerging evidence highlighting the importance of exercise (especially to those that are high risk or living with medical conditions or injuries of some kind).

We’re the lovechild between a physio, doctor and personal trainer.

We have exercise knowledge, but also medical, psychological and anatomical knowledge to help us assess and prescribe this extremely effective tool to everyone.

The Nitty Gritty

Exercise physiology is an allied health profession qualified by an evidence based tertiary undergraduate or masters degree. We focus on how exercise affects the body at a physiological, anatomical and psychological level.

In order to practice we need to first pass a series of exams (including practical exams) at our University, we need a combined 500 hours of internship experience and we are required to continue ongoing professional development every year to maintain our accreditation.

All of this means we are accredited allied health professionals and are eligible for Medicare claiming and private health insurance.

And also we’re very smart (according to us anyway).

Our Focus

As well as the science of the body, exercise, injury and illness, we have a strong focus on how to help you. The person, attached to these parts.

We adopt a strong focus on you, your routine and your lifestyle to treat a you as a whole, rather than their injury or condition/s in a realistic way (we won’t tell you “it’s just your mindset bro!”).

We combine our knowledge and expertise to elicit the most effective care plan for your health and lifestyle centred goals.

In summary, we prescribe exercise like it is a medicine to help treat a wide range of medical conditions and musculoskeletal injuries no matter what barriers stand in the way (including time, injury, illness etc)

How we help you:

Below I’ll list a whole range of conditions we can help.

But that’s a bit boring, and theoretically we can help anyone with just about anything (so the list can become quite extensive – one of the beauties of working with the broadest health tool in medicine, literally).

A much better way for us to frame this to you is:

  • If you want to get exercising but something is standing in your way (health, injury, busy diary, motivation, confidence), we can help
  • If you’re feeling as though your overall health isn’t quite where you want it, we can help
  • If there is a barrier stopping you doing what you love to do, we can help
  • If you want to get back to what you love (or work towards a new love), we can help
  • If you’ve never liked exercise but know you need to do it, we can help

Basically, we want to help you get back to living, no matter what stands in your way.

Anyway here’s that (brief) list of conditions we have been proven to help.

Musculoskeletal injury or disease:

  • Muscle, tendon or ligament disease and injuries.
  • Arthritis (all forms)
  • Post surgical rehabilitation (such as replacements, reconstructions, arthroscopies)
  • General aches and pains

Cardiometabolic conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease/heart attacks
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • PCOS

Pain and fatigue

  • Persistent pain (>3 months)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Long COVID

Mental health

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low motivation

Neurological disorders:

  • MS
  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke
  • Movement/coordination issues 

Healthy Ageing

  • Osteoporosis/low bone density
  • Balance and falls prevention
  • Sarcopenia (age related muscle and strength loss)

Pregnancy

  • Preparation prior
  • Pre and post natal health
  • Pelvic floor and core recovery

Cancer (All kinds)

  • Prevention
  • Management
  • Improving outcomes and quality of life
  • Reducing treatment related symptoms

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5 Star Google Reviews
Tailored Health is committed to 5 star client satisfaction.

I first came pre-covid, then took a break & returned earlier this yr. I would describe Tailored Health as an ethical, inclusive and progressive business. I take advantage of the 2 session a week group class program which includes a complementary quarterly 1:1 45 min. review by an exercise physiologist. I have gained considerable strength and have improved my fitness under the safe guidance of the practitioners. It is a genuinely welcoming environment and makes allowances for those who have missed classes - which is most appreciated for F/T workers! It is good value for money to mitigate wear and tear and to alleviate physical and mental stress. I would highly recommend it to those who require rehab from an injury and or would like to restore their health to their individual optimum level. Thank you to Claire, Ben and Alex.

R T Avatar R T
October 17, 2022

I completed my first placement at Tailored Health and my experience working with the team was amazing, they were very welcoming and kind. A talented team of knowledgeable Exercise Physiologists who truly care about their clients and wanting to help them achieve their goals. Couldn't have asked for a better environment to join!

Caitlyn Kavanagh Avatar Caitlyn Kavanagh
December 15, 2023

Have made great strides of progress with a 12 month knee injury thanks to Ben at Tailored Health. Have tried many different options in trying to get back on track and I can finally run again thanks to my new program that he prescribed.

alex rowe Avatar alex rowe
December 8, 2019