12 week Lumbar Extension Programme

"My thanks to all the delightful and very professional staff at The ExerScience Clinic. Your programme works!

Through the specialised treatment programme the lumbar region of my back has strengthened considerably with a reduction in lower back pain.

This outcome has allowed me to pursue a wider range of activities including more intensive training at gym and returning to a long neglected passion - surfing.

Thank you most sincerely." (Mr. SG)

"I had an increase in isometric lower back strength of 29%. A huge jump from being on average 3% weaker, to being 26% stronger than healthy females of a similar age and weight!

Maintaining my lower back strength from here on in gives me confidence that I will have a much better chance of moving about with ease and with minimal pain as I get older." (J.Myers)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is supervised exercise important?

  • Exercise is beneficial for the prevention and management of many chronic health conditions, illnesses and injuries. However for people who have had a significant health event, their response to exercise or their ability to perform certain types of exercise can be altered. A Clinical Exercise Physiologist, or CEP, specialises in the delivery of exercise for the management and rehabilitation of chronic health conditions/injuries.
  • In our experience, we have also found that many people are apprehensive to start exercising after a health event, new diagnosis or treatment for fear of making their condition worse. Exercising in a monitored and supervised environment helps people learn safe limits for exercise and allows them to build confidence to exercise independently.


What does each exercise session involve?

  • Before you start exercising a CEP will measure your blood pressure and heart rate, as well as other specific measures where appropriate. e.g. blood glucose, pain levels, fatigue. Then one of the CEPs will explain your exercise prescription for that session. You will start with a light warm up and then complete your aerobic and resistance training programmes. Throughout your session your heart rate, blood pressure and response to exercise will be monitored by the CEPs. They will also work with you to ensure you are performing the exercises correctly and safely, as well as motivate you to get the most out of each exercise session.


I haven’t been to a gym before- is The ExerScience Clinic right for me?

  • Yes, absolutely! The unique thing about The ExerScience Clinic is that each client is given an individually prescribed exercise programme, meaning that the type and intensity of exercise is appropriate for you. All sessions are supervised by CEPs, so you are in very safe hands.


What is involved in an exercise stress test?

  • First a CEP will prep you for an ECG to allow us to monitor your heart rate and rhythm during exercise. An ECG involves sticking electrodes onto your chest (for men- if needed, we may have to shave a few areas of hair to make sure that we can stick the electrode directly onto the skin) and then attaching each of these to a lead which displays the ECG on a screen. For an accurate measure of your aerobic capacity, or VO2max, we will also fit you with a face mask to measure your expired air during exercise. We will get you set up on either the treadmill or cycle and then start the test with a light warmup before gradually increasing the intensity of the exercise- your ECG, blood pressure and signs/symptoms will be monitored throughout the test. If it is safe for you to do so, we will ask you to give the test your maximal effort and the CEP will encourage you throughout. After reaching your maximal exercise intensity we will bring you into a recovery period where we will continue to monitor your ECG, blood pressure and signs/symptoms.


What happens after my programme at The ExerScience Clinic?

  • Your initial rehabilitation programme at The ExerScience Clinic aims to teach you safe limits for exercise and increase your confidence to exercise. During the first few weeks of your programme, your response to exercise will be closely monitored and then the intensity of your programme will be gradually increased. If appropriate you will transition into the neighboring gym during the second half of your programme- here you will have access to a wider variety of exercise machines while still under the supervision of a CEP.
  • At the end of your rehabilitation programme at The ExerScience Clinic we will re-assess your fitness, strength and cardiovascular risk factors and prepare a report for you and for your GP/Specialist. A CEP will also design an ongoing exercise prescription for you so that you can continue your exercise independently. The ExerScience Clinic also offers stand-alone testing and it is recommended that you come and see us every 6-12 months for a WOF.


What are the payment options at The ExerScience Clinic?

  • We accept payments in full or in fortnight/monthly instalments. There is Eftpos available at the clinic, or we accept bank transfers. It is best to contact The ExerScience Clinic for prices and to discuss the most appropriate rehabilitation package for you.


What happens if I can’t make an exercise session?

  • We will do our best to reschedule your exercise session. If you know you are going to be away for multiple sessions then you are welcome to put your programme on hold.