Exercise Physiology is the use of clinical exercise prescription for the treatment and rehabilitation of a broad range of chronic diseases and musculoskeletal injuries.

Exercise Physiologists take a holistic approach to disease and injury management, with a focus on achieving a Client’s personal goals and Return to Work goals. CHG’s Exercise Physiologists are university qualified allied health professionals who hold their Accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

The chronic diseases an Exercise Physiologist can treat include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • COPD
  • Cancer
  • Musculoskeletal Pain.

In a workplace injury, an Exercise Physiologist could be involved after the acute stage of healing, when the body tissues can be safely loaded with resistance.

Exercise Physiology services can be delivered privately with private health insurance rebates, as well as through Medicare via a chronic disease management plan, and also as part of the multidisciplinary treatment approach in a workplace injury claim.

The benefits of Exercise Physiology include:

  • Improved Strength
  • Improved Endurance
  • Reduced Weight
  • Pain management
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced deconditioning

CHG Exercise Physiology services are mobile and operate across all our clinics (Mile End, Gillman and Elizabeth Vale), as well as onsite in a workplace, or at a Gym in the community.

Cardiac Exercise Physiology

Our exercise physiologists specialise in the prescription of exercise and physical activity for patients with heart and cardiovascular conditions. It is widely recognised that exercise provides an effective treatment for common heart conditions. Our aim is to provide appropriate guidance on the role of exercise for your specific heart condition. If you have been referred for this service, your cardiologist or GP sees exercise as an important component in the management of your condition.

The cardiac exercise physiology clinic involves an initial assessment of your physical capacity using state of the art equipment to assess cardiorespiratory fitness levels using cardiopulmonary gas exchange measures and 12-lead ECG. This provides a detailed assessment on the patient’s cardiac response and function to exercise, which then allows us to individually develop specific exercise targets for our patients and objectively monitor their progress throughout the year.

Following your initial assessment we cater for individual 1:1 sessions or even exercise group classes across three areas which include; Cardiovascular Health, Atrial Fibrillation and Diabetes. All these cardiac exercise sessions are done in our new facility with gym and hydrotherapy pool setting at Mile End.

The team lead for our Cardiac Exercise Physiology is Dr Christian Verdicchio, an accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in exercise cardiology with extensive clinical, teaching and research experience within the field. He completed a PhD in Medicine at the University of Adelaide assessing the role of exercise in patients with atrial fibrillation, whilst having published and presented his work at the world’s leading cardiology conferences. Dr Verdicchio is now leading CHG’s cardiac exercise physiology, whilst maintaining a research position within the University of Adelaide and SAHMRI.

For further information relating to these services please see our Patient information sheet and Referral Form for GPs and Cardiologists.

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