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5 Reasons your doctor should refer you to an Exercise Physiologist!

Exercise is medicine, and Exercise Physiologists (EP’s) are the best suited allied health professionals to give exercise prescription, and promote lifestyle change. Your GP can refer you to see one, or you can walk in as a private patient. Do you have any of the key referral indicators below that say you could benefit from seeing an EP?

1.Chronic pain or ongoing injury

Most injuries will heal on their own with time and sensible recovery. However, some do not and these injuries are termed Chronic. Chronic injuries or pain require ongoing management, and lifestyle change is often overlooked as one of the key strategies to manage or solve a chronic injury. EP’s take a holistic approach, looking at your body as an ecosystem, and make recommendations based on the best evidence available.

2. To Improve your Mental Health

You may have read our previous blog about mental health? If not have a read here.. http://hunterrehab.com.au/top-tips-for-mental-health-management/
Exercise is studied to be one of the most effective management tools for mental health conditions, but we all know how hard it can be to get motivated to move when you are feeling unlike yourself. Why not come see an EP to help get you started and set some goals? 

3. To help you increase your physical activity levels

I’m going to start next week, I’ve just been so busy, I can’t find time. These are all common reasons for not having enough physical activity in your day. We all struggle with motivation, but that’s where an EP can help. Your chances of creating a new exercise routine, sticking to it, staying uninjured, and achieving your goals can sky rocket when you engage with an EP instead of trying to take it on by yourself. Help is here!

4. Reduce your risk of disease

Unfortunately, we are learning more and more that genetics play a key role in the risk of diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Some of us are at more risk than others and need to be more active in our risk reduction strategies. If you have a common illness in your family, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, or type 2 diabetes, and you are concerned for your health in the future, you can make a choice now to actively reduce your risk by optimising your lifestyle. Prevention is always better than a cure! 

5. To improve your outcomes during and after cancer treatment

Every four minutes an Australian is diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is a terrible disease which massively changes the lives of sufferers and their families. However, did you know that exercise during treatment can reduce the risk of side effects and increase treatment effectiveness? Exercise is now commonly prescribed alongside chemotherapy by oncologists and exercise physiologists as best practice. If you are undergoing treatment, without exercise, talk to your oncologist and EP and make sure you are doing best practice!

And these are just a few of the reasons! Exercise is a good choice for everyone, when performed in an appropriate way suitable for your unique situation. EP’s are the professionals who best understand the most suitable, effective and safe ways to exercise for your unique situation. If you want to know more, enter your details below and we’ll contact you to help or ask your GP to refer you here to Hunter Rehabilitation and Health!

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