There’s now an Exercise Physiologist at Beauty Point Retirement Resort

Exercise Physiology

Beauty Point Retirement Resort now has an accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) called Veronica Mina who’ll be seeing clients every Thursday at the resort. Exercise physiology is beneficial for all types of physical ailments and it’s recently been added to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Because exercise physiology is now on the MBS, this means your visits to Veronica will be covered by Medicare. However, there are some conditions which apply so to find out more about this, refer to our detailed information at the end of this story.

You may not have heard about exercise physiologists much before. The fact is, exercise physiologists are experts in prescribing the right exercise to help you prevent and manage your chronic disease, helping you recover faster from surgery or an injury and at the same time helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Veronica will be doing her individual sessions in the gym and she may use the pool as well for hydrotherapy.

What makes an Exercise Physiologist different?
If you’re wondering what makes an Accredited Exercise Physiologist different to other exercise professionals, here’s a list of facts to help you out:
•    Exercise Physiologists are university qualified.
•    They’re eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers.
•    They can treat and work with all people. From those who want to improve their health and well being to those with, or at risk of developing, a chronic illness.
•    Over the past 10 years, the rate of GP referrals to exercise physiologists for exercise programs has quadrupled in Australia.
•    Just over half of the referrals for patients were made under a chronic disease management Medicare item number.

What can Veronica do for you?
Veronica recently visited the Beauty Point Retirement Resort and talked to a room full of interested residents. Her main message was: “Exercise is the best, cheapest, most accessible medicine available.”

She added many people can be living with a chronic condition or injury and they don’t know how to manage it: “You could have a chronic condition such as Diabetes, hypertension or arthritis, but you don’t know there are simple exercises you can do to help you manage it.”

Veronica continued, saying: “An accredited Exercise Physiologist can prescribe you the right exercise to help you recover faster from surgery or an injury.”

By doing exercise physiology sessions with Veronica, she said it’s possible to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury and assist in restoring one’s optimal physical function, health or wellness.

Veronica added that exercise physiologists use evidence based research in all their prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability exercise prescriptions.

Here’s a list of the health conditions an accredited exercise physiologist can help you treat and/or manage:
•    Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
•    Cardiovascular disease
•    Obesity
•    Different forms of cancer
•    Depression and mental health conditions
•    Arthritis and osteoporosis
•    Chronic respiratory disease and asthma
•    Musculoskeletal injuries
•    Neuromuscular disease
•    And many more

More about Veronica:
Veronica is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and an accredited member with Exercise Science and Sport Science Australia Organisation (ESSA).
She has a Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science) and Honours in Neurophysiology of ACL injury to prevent knee reconstruction from the Western University of Sydney.

Veronica also holds her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology from Charles Sturt University and she’s currently completing her PhD in Knee Osteoarthritis.
She currently works as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Mega Therapy, a private clinical practice in Sylvania. She has also worked at Waratah Private Hospital in Hurstville.

The benefits of Exercise Physiology include:
•    Reduce joint pain and stiffness
•    Improve flexibility
•    Improve joint and muscular strength
•    Increase and maintain bone density
•    Improve balance
•    Decrease Depression & Fatigue
•    Increase Self-Confidence

What are the costs when you see Veronica?
•    One on One session with clients in the gym for $80 for one hour
•    Group Session in the gym for one hour covered by health fund (No gap)
•    Group Session in the hydrotherapy pool for one hour for covered by health fund (No gap)

To be able to take part in a Group Session, you will need to see Veronica for an initial personal consultation so she can see what you need to work on and what type of exercise will be beneficial to you.

During your initial personal consultation, Veronica will ask you questions about your current health and history; carry out a comprehensive assessment; develop your individualised exercise plan; set goals and a plan of action; and then give you an exercise prescription program.

What’s covered under your Medicare & Private Health Cover?
For one-on-one sessions for one hour, the price is $80 and you may be entitled to rebate from your private heath fund. Under Medicare, you’ll be covered if you have a doctors’ referral but there is a gap of $45. Additionally, the doctors’ referral only covers you for five sessions per year with either an Exercise Physiologist, a Physiotherapist or a Podiatrist.

If you have a half hour one-on-one session with Veronica, this is all covered by Medicare but the same limitation of five visits per doctors’ referral remains.
For Group Sessions, the full amount can be claimed under Medicare if you have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Group Sessions can be claimed under your private health fund and there’s no gap.

Why chiropractic care helps you – the older patient

Many people use chiropractic care to ease their aches and pains and it usually helps them become more mobile and flexible. Now you can try out chiropractic care right here at Beauty Point Retirement Resort because Dr Dylan Harvey – who holds a Bachelor of Chiropractic & Health Sciences and a Masters of Chiropractic – visits the resort every two weeks to see clients.

Dr Harvey has worked with many people to improve their movement, posture and strength. He also focuses on stability training and falls prevention. He’s been a practicing chiropractor for four years since graduating from Macquarie University after completing three years of a Bachelor degree in Chiropractic & Health Sciences, followed by a further two years study for his Masters’ degree.

Who benefits from chiropractic care?
Recently, Dr Harvey gave a talk to interested residents at the resort and he started out by saying: “You may well ask – who benefits from chiropractic care? And the answer is ‘anyone.’”

Dr Dylan Harvey is a chiropractor who visits Beauty Point Retirement Resort every second Monday. To book in, just call the front desk and you can get an appointment to see him.

“We have babies and it goes all the way up to patients in their 90s,” he added. “I have a real passion for helping others with their health. We’re analysing the body as a whole – we’re looking for dysfunction anywhere because we want to balance that,” he said.

Dr Harvey added that chiropractic care is the third largest profession in Australia within the health care system: “It might shock you to learn this, but it’s not just about the spine.”

“We want to look at the body as a whole. As chiropractors, we try and find the underlying cause for symptoms. We are trained to find out where a problem starts. It’s not just pain we’re treating – we’re treating the whole system. The pharmaceutical industry is a trillion dollar industry but people are looking for alternatives to this way of treating their health now,” he said.

Exercise and keeping mobile are so important
“We use spinal manipulative therapy and this works very well with the older population. But there are other factors which are very important. Exercise is so important – if you’re keeping active and walking around and you combine this with some carefully regulated exercise, we tend to see very good results,” he said.

Falls prevention is critical
“Falls prevention is critical as we age. Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury for people over the age of 65,” he added, saying there are many risk factors associated with falls so it’s vitally important to help older patients prevent falls as much as possible.

Motion is the lotion
Dr Harvey emphasised that arthritis can be a big factor as you age: “There’s over 100 different types of arthritis so this is something that affects many people.” He said people often become inflexible as they age but they don’t realise flexibility refers to the length of the muscle – so it is possible to change. “Muscles are controlled by our nervous system and to make them more flexible, ‘motion is the lotion,’” he added.

So basically, Dr Harvey’s message was, if you want to keep flexible, you need to keep mobile and moving as much as possible or your muscles will tend to become more and more inflexible.

But he did add that when he sees patients, the care he gives is specific to each person: “Two people with exactly the same presentation of pain can require completely different courses of treatment. Examination is the key – we need to know where the problem is coming from,” he added.

Relief from pain
As far as treatment goes, Dr Harvey said the first step is to get the patient out of any pain they’re experiencing. “Once we’re treating you and you find you’re experiencing less pain, you’ll find you also have better balance and better body control.”

“If someone has an aversion to having their spine cracked, then it probably won’t help them. So we want it to be a two-way street and we won’t do anything you don’t want us to do,” he said.

“We have to be across all of the underlying conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis. We look at how long your condition has been going on and what we can do to get you on the road to recovery,” he added.

Dietary changes can help
To achieve full relief from pain and discomfort, Dr Harvey said some dietary changes may need to be made: “You may need to limit your wine or cheese but you may not want to do this. We can look at all of these lifestyle factors and goals and look at how to plan your day so it all works best for you. We have to zero in on all of these and find a plan you’ll be happy with,” he added.

20% off your initial consultation
If you’d like to try a chiropractic session with Dr Harvey, he’s offered to take 20% off each new patient’s initial consultation. “I’d love to see you. I’ll be here at Beauty Point Retirement Resort a couple of Mondays a month,” he said.

To make an appointment with Dr Dylan Harvey, call Shani or Mary at the front desk of the Beauty Point Retirement Resort on (02) 8708 4700 and they’ll book an appointment for you.