What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a treatment modality aimed to improve mobility and strength, to relieve pain and to restore physical function. Physiotherapists are not limited to musculoskeletal support, but also extend their care to chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as lesser-known pelvic floor issues. They’re experts in helping to reduce the common health and safety issues associated with working in labour intensive industries, preventing injury as well as getting people back to work/daily activity quickly and safely.
As first contact practitioners, patients do not need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist. A full history and examination is conducted to tailor an evidence based treatment plan specific to the patient’s condition and their individual needs/goals.
Physiotherapists and Chiropractors will often work as part of a healthcare team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.
Physiotherapists help patients get the most out of life by helping them recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, increase mobility and prevent further injury through physical rehabilitation, education and injury prevention.
What does a physiotherapist do?
Physiotherapists are trained to assess a patient’s condition by obtaining a detailed medical history, performing a relevant physical examination, and using other special tests, to diagnose the problem. Imaging may be used to identify structural problems and eliminate any possible red flags. A client-centred treatment plan will then be recommended.
What are common treatment methods use by physiotherapists?
- Exercise programs to improve joint mobility and strengthening muscles
- Joint mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Muscle stretching
- Muscle re-education to improve control
- Airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises
- Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- Assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs to help ambulation
Our physiotherapist may be able to help a variety of conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Sports injuries
- Aches, sprains and injuries
- Neurological conditions, e.g. Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
- Chronic diseases like osteoarthritis, pulmonary disease and heart disease
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Fracture rehabilitation
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Injury and fall prevention
Sessions by appointment only. All our physiotherapists are private health insurance accredited. Gift vouchers available.