Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) complete a minimum 4 years of study at university, in order to specialise in exercise science and physiology. They work with individuals with complex health conditions to design and implement exercise programs tailored to their specific needs and goals. Exercise physiologists typically work with health domains that include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular, mental health, neurological, or physical disability or injury. These clinicians specialise in designing exercise plans and assessment that consider an individuals’ needs, goals, and capabilities.
The exercise physiologist will conduct a thorough assessment to understand your current fitness level, medical history, lifestyle habits, and any specific goals you may have. This assessment may include measurements such as body composition, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, and muscular strength. The initial session for early school age clients will largely prioritize building rapport parent or guardian and child, as well as discussing concerns and NDIS goals.
Based on the assessment findings and developed goals, we will create a personalised exercise program. This program will include a variety of exercises and activities to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Preferences and interests will determine the exercises to make the program enjoyable and sustainable.
Guidance through proper exercise techniques and form to ensure safe and effective execution of the exercises. Education on technique on how to perform specific exercises, and how to incorporate appropriate warm-up and cool-down routines.
regular monitoring of progress, adjusting the program as needed to ensure continuous improvement. Follow-up assessments may be conducted to measure changes in fitness parameters and provide feedback on performance.
Education is provided each session about the importance of regular physical activity, and healthy lifestyle choices. Topics such as the benefits of exercise, injury prevention strategies, regulation strategies, and the importance of adequate rest and recovery, may be discussed.
Injury Rehabilitation and Prevention: In the unfortunate event of a sports or work-related injury, rehabilitation services can be provided. A customized program to help to effectively and efficiently recover and safely return to their activities or duties.
Act as a mentor for younger clients as well as motivator, providing encouragement and support throughout the journey. Assisting on developing ability to overcome obstacles, as well as create and maintain a positive mindset towards exercise and physical well-being.
Interest-based therapy, focused on building capacity and independence. This will be achieved through engaging in play based and role play activities, with a focus on development and gross motor skills.
Muscular Strength and Endurance: Training to improve upon low tone that results in quickly fatiguing, difficulties with physical tasks and being prone to injuries. To also develop neurological control of muscles in a variety of activities and musculature to support joints of those with hypermobility.
Balance and Stability: Developing both static and dynamic balance, to develop ability to maintain posture whilst completing additional tasks that are completed in everyday life. Beneficial for kids with balance difficulties that may lead to increased falls during walking, running, or changing direction.
Bilateral coordination: Developing ability to manipulate limbs through space as desired to improve and to form hemispheric connections within the brain.
Neurodevelopment: Each physical activity includes one or more additional activities that work on developing cognitive load, and will typically involve stimulus such as recall, interference control and inhibition, planning, and shift maintenance.
Developing ability and strategies on how to down-regulate following an physiologically up-regulating activity (increasing heart rate, breathing etc) and learning to return to resting state. The utilisation of a variety of sensory items are typically used to facilitate this transition.
Individualized exercise therapy programs for individuals with ASD, ADHD, or OCD, created to accommodate individual preferences, sensory sensitivities, and skill levels. minimize sensory overload by adjusting lighting, noise levels, and equipment to create a comfortable and supportive space for individuals.
Fitness: Exercise programs designed and facilitated to target cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and overall physical well-being.
Motor skills: Development of gross motor skills, through implementing activities that include bilateral coordination, balance, and stability (postural control).
Neurodevelopment: activities that increase cognitive load, may be implemented depending on goals, and limitations. These additional activities will be implemented during physical activity and can involve stimulus that aim to improve recall, interference and inhibition control, planning, and shift maintenance.
Programs can also be completed in a group setting to provide opportunities for social interaction and engagement. Group exercise classes or structured activities can help individuals with ASD develop social skills, cooperation, and communication while engaging in physical activity alongside their peers.
Incorporate activities that promote self-regulation, such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and yoga, into their exercise programs. These activities can help individuals with autism manage stress, anxiety, and sensory issues.
Our will guide you through your recovery process, ensuring your program is safe, achievable, and able to reach your goals in desired timeframe. This will be achieved through thorough assessments to identify capacity and risk factors to determine the most appropriate path going forward. We will consider your occupational requirements, hobbies, lifestyle, and current capacity. This information will be used to determine the most efficient tailored program in accordance to current research and guidelines to return you to work or sport in a safe time efficient manner.
Your tailored rehabilitation program may consist of additional treatment modalities and input from other domains (OT, Psychology), to enable a wholistic approach to cover all relevant bases.
Our team will place a large emphasis on providing education and guidance on modifying harmful lifestyle risk factors that may be reducing your functional capacity, impacting participation, causing pain, and putting you at risk of additional health complications such as Cardiovascular Disease, Type 2 diabetes. We can work together to manage these risks to invest in your future health.
MLS Laser Therapy is a therapeutic device with unparalleled application and treatment outcomes. The laser works by converting light into biochemical energy, resulting in normal cell function, which causes symptoms (PAIN) to disappear.
The primary biological action of laser results from stimulation of cellular transport mechanisms in the mitochondria, cell membranes and epithelial tissues. This action causes the release of vasodilating chemicals, the stimulation of DNA and RNA (building blocks) synthesis, an increase in enzyme production, an increase of superoxide dismutase activity, normalisation of tissue Ph and increased ATP production. (Healing of the cells from the inside).
The result is normal cell functions are restored. The process results in a disappearance of symptoms and increases the speed at which your body heals. Other effects include the immune system response is stimulated, lymphatic drainage in improved and the body's natural healing process are enhanced.
The MLS Laser may be used in conjunction with a structured exercise rehabilitation program to get the most out of your rehabilitation sessions. This is to ensure the most optimal recovery in an accelerated timeframe.