What is a Medical Exercise Specialist

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An MES, as we are known, goes through a rigorous training and certification process to effectively and safely deliver exercise programs for clients with specific medical conditions. Conditions may be orthopedic in nature, such as post-spinal surgery and post joint replacement, neurological in nature such as post-stroke and Parkinson’s Disease, or metabolic in nature such as diabetes and high blood pressure. In general, an MES will choose to specialize in one of these particular fields.

MES’s do not medically diagnose nor do they medically treat patients, instead, they assess a client’s ability to move and perform basic movement patterns, then select appropriate exercise programming based on the individual’s needs, medical limitations, and ability.

To learn more about how you can join today we invite you to contact us today. We look forward to helping you start your fitness journey.


What a Medical Exercise specialist can do?

A Medical Exercise Specialist is a medical fitness professional who not only works with the typical client looking to improve their health and fitness level, but he or she also has the knowledge and skills to work with clients with a wide range of medical conditions. These atypical clients are “medical exercise or post-rehab” in that they are referred to a fitness professional after completion of a rehabilitation program and now need a fitness program tailored to their particular medical condition. The MES is trained to develop safe and effective conditioning programs for clients with musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, or metabolic disorders.

  • Perform safe and effective fitness assessments on clients with medical disorders without causing exacerbation of the condition.
  • Perform a 12-point musculoskeletal screening on a medical exercise/post-rehab client.
  • Understand the related anatomy, pathology, and biomechanics of common medical conditions.
  • Understand how common medical conditions respond to exercise.
  • Develop safe and effective conditioning programs for clients with musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, and metabolic disorders.
  • Apply safe and effective medical exercise techniques for the upper and lower extremity and spine.
  • Communicate effectively with medical professionals.
  • Identify the red flags and warning signs that indicate the client is in need of evaluation or treatment from a licensed medical professional.
  • Understand the role and scope of practice for the medical exercise professional when working with post-rehab and medical exercise clients.


Who we can help?

Anyone with a stable medical condition can participate in and benefit from the medical exercise program. 

Soft-tissue Disorders

  • Cervical Strain/ Disc herniation
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Lumbar Strain/ Lumbar Disc Herniation
  • Illio-Tibial Syndrome (IT Band Syndrome)
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patello-Femoral Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolesthesis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Post -Surgical Procedures

  • Cervical Fusion
  • Cervical Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Total Hip replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Other surgeries

Neurological Disorders

  • Parkinson’s
  • Stroke 

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