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What is exercise physiology?

Exercise physiology is a scientific discipline dedicated to examining how the body responds and adapts to physical activity or exercise, as well as understanding how these responses and adaptations alter due to disuse, acute illness, and long-term changes in metabolism resulting from specific diseases or nutrient deficiencies. This field explores the short, medium, and long-term effects of diverse exercise types and intensities on various bodily systems, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, and metabolic systems.

Specialists in this domain, exercise physiologists leverage their understanding of body systems, disease processes, medications, and exercise prescription to craft and implement sustainable, effective exercise programs. These programs are tailored to individuals or specific populations based on their health status, fitness goals, and medical history. These professionals play a pivotal role in health promotion, disease prevention, and the management of various health conditions through exercise.

Exercise Physiology Our team is able to develop gym, pool and home based exercise physiology programs for a variety of issues. We develop specific programs for return to sport and work for your individual needs.

Liz Urquhart

MMedSci (Pain Management). MPhtyStudies. MAppSci (Clinical Exercise Science). BSc (Anatomical Sciences).

About Liz

In her clinical and teaching work Liz is motivated by her interest in improving and maintaining muscle, bone and joint health across the lifespan. Liz applies her breadth of skills and knowledge across exercise physiology and physiotherapy disciplines to individualise therapy programs to assist each patient achieve their performance, movement and health related goals. She has a particular interest in how the musculoskeletal and nervous systems change in the presence of persistent pain and has studies extensively in this area. The foundations of Liz’s treatment approach are developing body awareness, most commonly with the use of massage and biofeedback, and engaging in regular movement. She works hard to ensure all of her patients understand the role of both exercise physiology and physiotherapy in managing their health conditions and the vast and very important influence of movement on health and wellbeing.  

Liz’s background

Liz has worked in preventative health and rehabilitation science since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Anatomical Sciences and Masters of Applied Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from University of Queensland in 2004. After a number of years working primarily with patients with chronic health conditions in gyms and medical centres in Australia, Liz relocated to the UK where she worked as the clinical lead in community cardiac rehabilitation and type 2 diabetes management in the team responsible for developing the pilot Healthwise GP Referral Program for the Greenwich PCT which is now offered widely across the UK to support people with chronic diseases to become more physically active. On her return to Australia, motivated by her passion for the fields of neuroscience and musculoskeletal health and her desire to better support her patients with more complex health presentations, Liz went on to complete a physiotherapy degree from Griffith University (2011). Then completed a Masters in Pain Management from University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine (2017) while working at both the Northern Private Pain Centre and the  Royal North Shore Pain Management and Research Centre, a national tertiary leader in the multi-disciplinary treatment of persistent pain. Liz now lives and works in the Tweed.

Liz is a dedicated health educator and has held clinical teaching roles at University of Queensland in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences and at University of New England in the School of Exercise and Sports Science while continuing to work clinician. 

Outside work Liz enjoys family life at home on her small farm with her partner and two small children, the beach, camping and all things Italian. She also loves a physical challenge and has completed the Three Peaks Challenge (UK), Kokoda Track (PNG), a number of 10km community organised runs and half marathons. Often these events are to raise support for Australian based health oriented charity organisations including The May 50k for MS research, and Send Hope Not Flowers who provide healthcare and support for vulnerable mothers in Papua New Guinea and across the developing world.

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Liz is registered provider under Medicare Chronic Disease Management Program (Exercise Physiology item 10953 and Physiotherapy item 10960 services), DVA and a number of private health funds. She is also available to provide services through self-funded and managed NDIS programs, Work Cover Qld and Workcover NSW (SIRA).

SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Sports massage
  • Individual exercise programs
  • Individualised guided pain management programs
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Examples include:

  1. Improved Cardiovascular Health: Regular exercise enhances cardiovascular function, reducing the risk of heart diseases like coronary artery disease, hypertension, and stroke. Aligning with the Australian National Physical Activity Guidelines, an exercise physiologist can assess fitness levels and devise a sustainable program.
  2. Diabetes Management: Applied appropriately, regular exercise regulates blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity, a crucial component in managing diabetes.
  3. Musculoskeletal Health: Regular exercise helps maintain bone density and improves joint health and muscle strength, contributing to the prevention and management of conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis.
  4. Mental Health: Extensive research supports the use of regular physical activity to enhance mental health, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Exercise physiology can be integrated into comprehensive mental health treatment plans.
  5. Respiratory Health: Regular exercise is essential in managing respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by improving lung function and respiratory efficiency. Regular exercise also enhances oxygen utilization efficiency in peripheral musculature, reducing overall oxygen demand for physical activity and aiding in faster recovery.
  6. Cancer Rehabilitation: Regular prescribed exercise is beneficial for those undergoing active cancer therapy and cancer survivors by improving physical function, reducing fatigue, and enhancing overall quality of life.
  7. Persistent Pain Management: For individuals experiencing ongoing pain or diagnosed with fibromyalgia, exercise physiology can play a role in managing symptoms and improving function.
  8. Neurological Conditions: Exercise is increasingly recognized for its positive impact on neurological health. Exercise physiology is a necessary component of comprehensive management plans for numerous neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis. Regular exercise also enhances recovery from and management of stroke and acquired brain injury.
  9. Immune System Function: Regular moderate exercise is associated with a boost in immune system function, contributing to overall health improvement.

Why does this matter for you?

It matters because, based on the evidence, the hugely beneficial effects of regular physical activity have almost nothing to do with calorie burning – regular physical activity improves all your bodily systems. And engaging an exercise physiologist is key to beginning an individualised workout program devised with an understanding of how your body functions and how your body moves. Upgrade your overall health. Book an exercise physiology assessment at The Village Physio today.

Physiotherapy as part of your health team

We have a range of physiotherapy services including massage, deep dry needling, hydrotherapy, pilates, gym based rehab programming, and exercise physiology. Being based at The Village Gym Pottsville, we have a warm hydrotherapy pool and full gymnasium at our disposal to progress patients as needed once they are ready to move on from home based exercises.

This means that your health and fitness goals need not stay within the confines of traditional physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist has the flexibility to get you the best outcome by utilising the benefits of other key techniques and work out the best option to suit you.

Working Relationships

We value our working relationships with local G.P doctors, radiologists, podiatrists, sports medicine physicians and orthopaedic surgeons. As part of our treatment or as indicated, we consult with your doctor and assist with the referral process when assessment or diagnosis dictates further investigations or specialist intervention. This is part of our service and there is no cost to our patients to liaise on their behalf.

Extensive areas of expertise and experience

We have physio’s with expertise in all areas of physiotherapy including:

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    Our Professional Services

    NEED HELP? Our Physiotherapy Team are here to help. With one-on-one sessions, evidence based & goal oriented that ensures lasting results.

    Physiotherapy

    What do we provide? Physiotherapy services that are hands on, with one-on-one sessions, is evidence based, goal oriented and ensures lasting results…

    Post-Surgical Rehabilitation The Village Physio is a preferred clinic for many surgeons on the Gold Coast and Tweed for patient post-operative care management.

    Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

    Getting normal range of motion back after surgery can be difficult. We can guide you on a safe return to movement and provide peace of mind to advise an appropriate rate of recovery….

    Our team is able to develop gym, pool and home based exercise physiology programs for a variety of issues. We develop specific programs for return to sport and work for your individual needs.

    Exercise Prescription

    Our team is able to develop gym, pool and home based exercise physiology programs for a variety of issues. We develop specific programs for return to sport…

    Physiotherapy for Seniors with focus on osteoarthritis We are experts in the treatment of common conditions that can affect seniors to a greater extent.

    Physiotherapy for Seniors

    We provide treatment programs specific to physiotherapy for seniors that are sensitive and appropriate for common conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis…

    Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. It is commonly compared to physiotherapy or chiropractic for its use of manual techniques to treat both chronic and acute aches and pains.

    Osteopathy

    Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. It is commonly compared to physiotherapy or chiropractic for its use of manual techniques to treat both chronic and acute aches and pains…

    Sports Injuries Correct assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation planning is what we do! Village Physio has 30+ years experience in specialising in sports injuries.

    Sports Injuries

    Correct management of sporting injuries is vital to ensure there is no re-occurrence or ongoing pain. Too often sport injuries that have been left untreated leave strength or flexibility deficits…

    Remedial Massage Therapy There are many benefits of massage therapy to improve one’s physical health and mental well-being.

    Remedial Massage Therapy

    What are the Benefits of Remedial Massage Therapy? The benefits of remedial massage therapy can be felt in many ways and on many levels…..

    Workplace Injuries Being injured at work and starting the road to recovery can be difficult. We handle all the paperwork for you and liaise directly with treating general practitioners, specialists, radiologists and case managers.

    Work Injuries

    Being injured at work and starting the road to recovery can be difficult. We handle all the paperwork for you and liaise directly with treating general practitioners, specialists, radiologists…

    Our Pool The Village Gym has a 15x8x1.3m deep pool that is accessible all-year-round with a comfortable 33 degC temperature. Hydrotherapy or Aquatic-based Physiotherapy includes both exercise programming but also hands-on therapy conducted in the water by a physiotherapist.

    Hydrotherapy

    Exercise programs within the warm pool environment place less stress on joints and enhance circulation through not only movement but an increased compression…..

    We have a range of physiotherapy services including massage, deep dry needling, hydrotherapy, pilates, gym based rehab programming, and exercise physiology to help with pain management

    Pain Management

    We have a range of physiotherapy services including massage, deep dry needling, hydrotherapy, pilates, gym based rehab programming, and exercise physiology to help with pain…

    NEED HELP? Our Physiotherapy Team are here to help. With one-on-one sessions, evidence based & goal oriented that ensures lasting results.

    Physiotherapy

    What do we provide? Physiotherapy services that are hands on, with one-on-one sessions, is evidence based, goal oriented and ensures lasting results…

    Post-Surgical Rehabilitation The Village Physio is a preferred clinic for many surgeons on the Gold Coast and Tweed for patient post-operative care management.

    Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

    Getting normal range of motion back after surgery can be difficult. We can guide you on a safe return to movement and provide piece of mind to advise an appropriate rate of recovery….

    Our team is able to develop gym, pool and home based exercise physiology programs for a variety of issues. We develop specific programs for return to sport and work for your individual needs.

    Exercise Prescription

    Our team is able to develop gym, pool and home based exercise physiology programs for a variety of issues. We develop specific programs for return to sport…

    Physiotherapy for Seniors with focus on osteoarthritis We are experts in the treatment of common conditions that can affect seniors to a greater extent.

    Physiotherapy for Seniors

    We provide treatment programs specific to physiotherapy for seniors that are sensitive and appropriate for common conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis…

    Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. It is commonly compared to physiotherapy or chiropractic for its use of manual techniques to treat both chronic and acute aches and pains.

    Osteopathy

    Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. It is commonly compared to physiotherapy or chiropractic for its use of manual techniques to treat both chronic and acute aches and pains…

    Sports Injuries Correct assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation planning is what we do! Village Physio has 30+ years experience in specialising in sports injuries.

    Sports Injuries

    Correct management of sporting injuries is vital to ensure there is no re-occurrence or ongoing pain. Too often sport injuries that have been left untreated leave strength or flexibility deficits…

    Remedial Massage Therapy There are many benefits of massage therapy to improve one’s physical health and mental well-being.

    Remedial Massage Therapy

    What are the Benefits of Remedial Massage Therapy? The benefits of remedial massage therapy can be felt in many ways and on many levels…..

    Workplace Injuries Being injured at work and starting the road to recovery can be difficult. We handle all the paperwork for you and liaise directly with treating general practitioners, specialists, radiologists and case managers.

    Work Injuries

    Being injured at work and starting the road to recovery can be difficult. We handle all the paperwork for you and liaise directly with treating general practitioners, specialists, radiologists…

    Our Pool The Village Gym has a 15x8x1.3m deep pool that is accessible all-year-round with a comfortable 33 degC temperature. Hydrotherapy or Aquatic-based Physiotherapy includes both exercise programming but also hands-on therapy conducted in the water by a physiotherapist.

    Hydrotherapy

    Exercise programs within the warm pool environment place less stress on joints and enhance circulation through not only movement but an increased compression…..

    We have a range of physiotherapy services including massage, deep dry needling, hydrotherapy, pilates, gym based rehab programming, and exercise physiology to help with pain management

    Pain Management

    We have a range of physiotherapy services including massage, deep dry needling, hydrotherapy, pilates, gym based rehab programming, and exercise physiology to help with pain…

    Contact Us (02) 6676 3021 Today to help You get back on the Road to Recovery with the Physio Team You can Trust!

    Our Professional Services

    NEED HELP? Our Physiotherapy Team are here to help. With one-on-one sessions, evidence based & goal oriented that ensures lasting results.

    Physiotherapy

    What do we provide? Physiotherapy services that are hands on, with one-on-one sessions, is evidence based, goal oriented and ensures lasting results…

    Post-Surgical Rehabilitation The Village Physio is a preferred clinic for many surgeons on the Gold Coast and Tweed for patient post-operative care management.

    Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

    Getting normal range of motion back after surgery can be difficult. We can guide you on a safe return to movement and provide peace of mind to advise an appropriate rate of recovery….

    Our team is able to develop gym, pool and home based exercise physiology programs for a variety of issues. We develop specific programs for return to sport and work for your individual needs.

    Exercise Prescription

    Our team is able to develop gym, pool and home based exercise physiology programs for a variety of issues. We develop specific programs for return to sport…

    Physiotherapy for Seniors with focus on osteoarthritis We are experts in the treatment of common conditions that can affect seniors to a greater extent.

    Physiotherapy for Seniors

    We provide treatment programs specific to physiotherapy for seniors that are sensitive and appropriate for common conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis…

    Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. It is commonly compared to physiotherapy or chiropractic for its use of manual techniques to treat both chronic and acute aches and pains.

    Osteopathy

    Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. It is commonly compared to physiotherapy or chiropractic for its use of manual techniques to treat both chronic and acute aches and pains…

    Sports Injuries Correct assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation planning is what we do! Village Physio has 30+ years experience in specialising in sports injuries.

    Sports Injuries

    Correct management of sporting injuries is vital to ensure there is no re-occurrence or ongoing pain. Too often sport injuries that have been left untreated leave strength or flexibility deficits…

    Remedial Massage Therapy There are many benefits of massage therapy to improve one’s physical health and mental well-being.

    Remedial Massage Therapy

    What are the Benefits of Remedial Massage Therapy? The benefits of remedial massage therapy can be felt in many ways and on many levels…..

    Workplace Injuries Being injured at work and starting the road to recovery can be difficult. We handle all the paperwork for you and liaise directly with treating general practitioners, specialists, radiologists and case managers.

    Work Injuries

    Being injured at work and starting the road to recovery can be difficult. We handle all the paperwork for you and liaise directly with treating general practitioners, specialists, radiologists…

    Our Pool The Village Gym has a 15x8x1.3m deep pool that is accessible all-year-round with a comfortable 33 degC temperature. Hydrotherapy or Aquatic-based Physiotherapy includes both exercise programming but also hands-on therapy conducted in the water by a physiotherapist.

    Hydrotherapy

    Exercise programs within the warm pool environment place less stress on joints and enhance circulation through not only movement but an increased compression…..

    We have a range of physiotherapy services including massage, deep dry needling, hydrotherapy, pilates, gym based rehab programming, and exercise physiology to help with pain management

    Pain Management

    We have a range of physiotherapy services including massage, deep dry needling, hydrotherapy, pilates, gym based rehab programming, and exercise physiology to help with pain…

    NEED HELP? Our Physiotherapy Team are here to help. With one-on-one sessions, evidence based & goal oriented that ensures lasting results.

    Physiotherapy

    What do we provide? Physiotherapy services that are hands on, with one-on-one sessions, is evidence based, goal oriented and ensures lasting results…

    Post-Surgical Rehabilitation The Village Physio is a preferred clinic for many surgeons on the Gold Coast and Tweed for patient post-operative care management.

    Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

    Getting normal range of motion back after surgery can be difficult. We can guide you on a safe return to movement and provide piece of mind to advise an appropriate rate of recovery….

    Our team is able to develop gym, pool and home based exercise physiology programs for a variety of issues. We develop specific programs for return to sport and work for your individual needs.

    Exercise Prescription

    Our team is able to develop gym, pool and home based exercise physiology programs for a variety of issues. We develop specific programs for return to sport…

    Physiotherapy for Seniors with focus on osteoarthritis We are experts in the treatment of common conditions that can affect seniors to a greater extent.

    Physiotherapy for Seniors

    We provide treatment programs specific to physiotherapy for seniors that are sensitive and appropriate for common conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis…

    Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. It is commonly compared to physiotherapy or chiropractic for its use of manual techniques to treat both chronic and acute aches and pains.

    Osteopathy

    Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. It is commonly compared to physiotherapy or chiropractic for its use of manual techniques to treat both chronic and acute aches and pains…

    Sports Injuries Correct assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation planning is what we do! Village Physio has 30+ years experience in specialising in sports injuries.

    Sports Injuries

    Correct management of sporting injuries is vital to ensure there is no re-occurrence or ongoing pain. Too often sport injuries that have been left untreated leave strength or flexibility deficits…

    Remedial Massage Therapy There are many benefits of massage therapy to improve one’s physical health and mental well-being.

    Remedial Massage Therapy

    What are the Benefits of Remedial Massage Therapy? The benefits of remedial massage therapy can be felt in many ways and on many levels…..

    Workplace Injuries Being injured at work and starting the road to recovery can be difficult. We handle all the paperwork for you and liaise directly with treating general practitioners, specialists, radiologists and case managers.

    Work Injuries

    Being injured at work and starting the road to recovery can be difficult. We handle all the paperwork for you and liaise directly with treating general practitioners, specialists, radiologists…

    Our Pool The Village Gym has a 15x8x1.3m deep pool that is accessible all-year-round with a comfortable 33 degC temperature. Hydrotherapy or Aquatic-based Physiotherapy includes both exercise programming but also hands-on therapy conducted in the water by a physiotherapist.

    Hydrotherapy

    Exercise programs within the warm pool environment place less stress on joints and enhance circulation through not only movement but an increased compression…..

    We have a range of physiotherapy services including massage, deep dry needling, hydrotherapy, pilates, gym based rehab programming, and exercise physiology to help with pain management

    Pain Management

    We have a range of physiotherapy services including massage, deep dry needling, hydrotherapy, pilates, gym based rehab programming, and exercise physiology to help with pain…

    Contact Us (02) 6676 3021 Today to help You get back on the Road to Recovery with the Physio Team You can Trust!