Most people will have some sort of chronic disease or medical condition at some point in their lives. At Reach Allied Health we see a variety of people with different conditions and exercise and lifestyle modification is able to play a vital part in the management of these conditions.

Quite often a consequence of having some of these chronic conditions results in an increase in sedentary activity so exercise is essential to decrease the risk of developing other co-morbidities.



Including high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease, rehabilitation following heart attacks and cardiac procedures such as valve replacements and bypass surgeries, and similar conditions.

Exercise is vital for those with any sort of cardiovascular condition. There is strong evidence that suggests that regular exercise should be completed to reduce the risk of any cardiovascular condition and improve heart health. Accredited Exercise Physiologists are skilled in gradually progressing your workload during your exercise program to successfully improve your cardiovascular health.

The benefits of exercise for those living with Cardiovascular Conditions include:

- Improved heart health -

- Improved blood pressure -

- Improved cholesterol levels -

- Improved circulation -

- Weight management -



Including osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, gout, scoliosis, tendonitis, bursitis, vertebral disc conditions, repetitive strain injuries and similar conditions.

Musculoskeletal conditions effect the bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues. In some cases, rest is beneficial, however movement is essential to improve or maintain function. For rehabilitation, your Accredited Exercise Physiologist is an expert in creating exercise programs to gradually return you to exercise, sport or work. For those with chronic (long-term) conditions and pain, your Accredited Exercise Physiologist will work within your capabilities to maintain your physical function.

The benefits of exercise for those living with Musculoskeletal Conditions include:

- Reduced pain -

- Improved muscular strength -

- Maintained bone density and strength -

- Increased range of motion -

- Improved physical function -

- Improved posture -

- Reduced risk of falls -



Including strokes and acquired brain injuries, motor neurone diseases, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and similar conditions.

Neurological conditions effect the brain and the central nervous system resulting in many, often impairing, symptoms. These conditions are often progressive meaning ongoing support is required to maintain function, therefore independence. Exercise is the most efficient treatment to maintain all body systems simultaneously. Accredited Exercise Physiologists are equipped with the knowledge to adeptly manage the complexity of neurological conditions.

The benefits of exercise for those living with Neurological Conditions include:

- Improved brain function -

- Improved coordination -

- Improved mobility -

- Improved physical function -

- Increased independence -

- Slow progression of conditions -



Including anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, other mood and personality disorders, and eating disorders.

Mental health conditions often create additional barriers to exercise and the task of exercising can feel highly challenging. Exercise is considered an integral aspect of treatment and management of mental health due to the well recognised benefits on mood. Accredited Exercise Physiologists are trained to provide support and facilitate physical activity for those who experience mental health conditions. 

The benefits of exercise for those living with Mental Health Conditions include:

- Improved mood through production of serotonin -

- Manage stress and anxiety -

- Increased energy levels -

- Reduced social isolation -

- Improved sleep quality -



Including acquired brain injuries, cerebral palsy and other palsies, motor neurone diseases, amputations, paralysis, vision or hearing impairment, autism, Down syndrome, intellectual impairments and similar conditions.

Exercise is often essential to assist those with disabilities to manage their conditions. Many of these disabilities are progressive and increase physical inactivity so they can often result in the development of other chronic conditions. Accredited Exercise Physiologists are able to provide a functional exercise program to suit each individual's needs. This plays an important role in slowing the progression of many disabilities and ideally, improving physical function which can increase an individual's independence.

The benefits of exercise for those living with Disabilities include:

- Improved coordination -

- Improved balance -

- Improved physical function -

- Increased independence -

- Enhanced neural pathways

- Slow progression of disability -



Including asthma, COPD, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis and similar conditions.

Respiratory conditions effect the lungs and airways, often causing shortness of breath and coughing. There is often a fear associated with exercise as it can feel like these symptoms are exacerbated. However, exercise is essential to improve your fitness which reduces symptoms and increases physical capacity. An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is the best person to support you and guide you with a safe exercise program.

The benefits of exercise for those living with Respiratory Conditions include:

- Improved lung function -

- Improved lung capacity -

- Improved breathing efficiency -

- Improved cardiovascular health -

- Reduced shortness of breath -

- Improved diaphragm strength -



Including all types and those who are currently undergoing treatment, recovering following treatment or in remission.

A cancer diagnosis and any treatment involved is understandably one of the most stressful and uncertain times in someone's life. Exercise is shown to improve the effectiveness of treatment and kick start physiological processes that combat cancerous cells. The benefits of an exercise program also include improving quality of life, creating routine and a sense of normality for mental health as well as maintaining strength and function. An Accredited Exercise Physiologist can prescribe an exercise program that achieves this while managing symptoms such as fatigue, lethargy and nausea.

The benefits of exercise for those living with Cancer include:

- Reduced sedentary activity -

- Reduced muscle wastage -

- Improved circulation -

- Improved quality of life -

- Increased independence -

- Decreased fatigue -

- Reduced risk of recurrence -

- Improved response to treatment -



Including prostate cancer, depression, cardiovascular disease and other conditions effecting men.

Men often find it difficult to talk about their health, in particular their mental health, so it is vital to find the right space where men can feel comfortable to talk. Our male Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Ben, is trained to provide exercise programs that manage all chronic conditions. He has experience providing this support and has a passion for making this space available.

The benefits of exercise for those living with Men's Health Conditions include:

- Improved cardiovascular health -

- Decreased incontinence -

- Improved mental health -

- Improved sexual function -



Including pre and post-natal programs, breast and ovarian cancer, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, other conditions effecting the reproductive organs, prolapse management and other conditions effecting women.

Women's health conditions are often very personal and challenging to talk about. Our female Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Kate, is also trained in Pilates which often forms the base of an effective exercise program for many women's health conditions. She is excited to bring her experience with Pilates to the realm of women's health.

The benefits of exercise for those living with Women's Health Conditions include:

- Weight management -

- Improved cardiovascular health -

- Improved mental health -

- Decreased incontinence -

Those living with chronic conditions may be eligible for appointments bulk-billed to Medicare.

Those living with disability may be eligible for their appointments to be funded by a Third-Party.

To talk to an Exercise Physiologist: