Frequently Asked Exercise Physiology Questions
Both exercise physiologists and physiotherapists are university-trained health professionals who aim to provide the best quality treatment to improve optimal health for their patients.
But while both allied health professionals have a common goal in helping their patients, they do however have different approaches and they can help the same person in different stages of injury.
Physiotherapists typically help patients during the acute phase of an injury usually for pain management. With a general practitioner (GP), a physiotherapist can help in the diagnosis of the injury, provide manual therapy, and if necessary provide temporary tools for mobility such as crutches or splints.
Exercise physiologists step in during the recovery stage to provide necessary rehabilitation treatment through gentle body movements. All treatments prescribed by a professional exercise physiologist are designed to help the patient restore bodily functions.
Some exercise physiologists also help their patients cope with the mental effects of an injury or any health condition.
Therefore, an easy way to know the difference between the two professionals is that physiotherapist approach is more “hands-on” while exercise physiologists also provide “hands-off” treatment.
We understand it can be difficult to find us the first time you come in. So we’ve broken it down to make it easier (and less stressful):
- We are located on Murdoch University grounds.
- Take Entrance B (red box) off South Street and park in the visitors’ section in Carpark 4* (green box).
- Walk past Building 411 and into Building 415.
- Take a seat on the grey lounges in the Sports Recreation Centre reception area and we’ll come out and meet you for your consultation.
*Please note that between 8am and 4:15pm a small fee of $3/hr for parking is payable.
During your initial consultation, you will be asked questions about your current and previous health condition(s) and exercise levels.
We will also measure your blood pressure and other anthropometrical measures (height, weight, waist circumference) to gain insight into your current health status and risk factor profile.
You may be asked to complete some physical assessments such as functional tasks, range of motion, flexibility, fitness or strength assessments.
Questionnaires related to your lifestyle and/or psychosocial well-being may also be administered or given to you to complete at home. The assessments conducted will depend on your needs and goals and are completely voluntary.
Please remember that you don’t have to complete any assessment which makes you feel uncomfortable.
We recommend that you wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing and closed in shoes to your consultations and training sessions.
Depending on your private health insurer and level of cover, you may be eligible for rebates with Exercise Physiology services.