In this blog, we’re bringing you the answers to questions we’re frequently asked as physiotherapists. Read on to find what we do and how we can help you and your family.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is the use of physical techniques to improve movement, restore function, reduce pain and promote recovery from an injury, illness or disability.
Other important facts about physiotherapy:
- It is a government-registered healthcare profession, requiring a university qualification.
- As physiotherapists, we work to prevent as well as manage injury, disease, and disability.
- We assess and diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan that is specific to you.
What conditions does a physio treat?
Physiotherapists assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions including:
- Back and neck pain and stiffness.
- Aches, sprains, and strains: from your hands to your hamstrings!
- Sports injuries including preventative strengthening and conditioning.
- Recovery from fractures – we’ll come up with a treatment plan to help to restore function and promote healing.
- Managing diseases including diabetes, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
- Promoting safe movement.
- Rehabilitation after surgery.
And so much more…
Is physiotherapy suitable for children and adolescents?
A physiotherapist can treat people of any age. Some physio’s may choose to specialise in treating newborns or young children (i.e. paediatrics) or women’s health and pregnancy-related conditions.
Others may solely work in a sports setting, working closely with a team or club. You will also see physios working within the aged care setting. We are very versatile!
What techniques are used in physiotherapy?
Depending on your symptoms, some of the treatment methods we may use include:
- Exercise programs to build strength and improve mobility.
- Massage/soft tissue mobilisation.
- Acupuncture and dry needling.
- Therapeutic taping.
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation.
- Muscle re-education.
We develop a treatment plan that is specific to you and your needs.
How does physiotherapy help?
We can help you to have pain-free movement, restore function and prevent chronic diseases. We aim to help you to get the most out of life!
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- Health Direct. (2022). Physiotherapy [Online]. Available at: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/physiotherapy (Accessed 6 April 2022).
- (2022). Simple information on physiotherapy. [Online]. Available at: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Simple_informations_on_physiotherapy (Accessed 6 April 2022).