Exercise for Chronic Disease Sufferers

It’s no doubt that chronic diseases are on the rise in Australia and unfortunately, this will only continue to grow over the next few decades.

At Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, we know just how complex some of these diseases can be and the impacts they can have on one’s everyday life.

Exercise is now being recognised as one of the most beneficial treatment strategies for those living with a chronic condition such as:

– Diabetes (type 1 and 2)
– Arthritis
– Chronic pain
– Asthma
– Cardiac disease
– Weight management
– Osteoporosis
– Cardiac Diseases
– Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
– Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
– Fibromyalgia & many more

Through a customised and individually prescribed exercise program, our team look to achieve the following outcomes for patients living with a chronic condition:

– Reducing the symptoms of the condition
– Reducing the severity of the disease
– Achieve more independence
– Improve quality of life

These tailored exercise programs are comprised of various types of exercise such as resistance and aerobic to ensure your specific condition is managed effectively. We focus on practical and achievable exercises for our exercise physiology patients.

If you’ve been suffering with a chronic condition for more than 6 months, you may be eligible for a chronic disease management plan from your GP. Many GP’s ensure services such as physiotherapy or exercise physiology is incorporated into the plan. Did you know that physiotherapists are your GP’s most recommended health professional?

If you, a family member or a friend have a chronic condition or are in the process of attaining a chronic disease management plan, we would be more than happy to answer any questions or queries you may have in regards to our exercise physiology services. Feel free to contact the clinic today for more information by calling (02) 4721 7798 or by emailing info@progressiverehab.com.au


Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.