What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a health profession that aims to rehabilitate and improve a person’s ability to move and function. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) say that “Physiotherapists help you get the most out of life. They help you recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, increase mobility and prevent further injury. They listen to your needs to tailor a treatment specific to your condition.”
You don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.
To ensure you are in the safest hands possible, each Physiotherapist has obtained a university degree and are registered by law with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA). This ensures that your Physiotherapist has obtained an academic and clinical skill qualification to provide you with the best possible evidenced based care. So, you won’t be placing your health in the hands of any unqualified practitioner.
What does a physio do?
Your physiotherapist will assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand what’s wrong. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities, individual goals and general health. The following are common treatment methods use by our physiotherapists:
- Exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Muscle re-education to improve control
- Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- Dry needling
- Pain education
- Assistance with use of braces, aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs to help you move around.
- Airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises
Basically, if you have hurt yourself or have a long-standing mobility issue, there is a good chance seeing a physiotherapist is going to be beneficial to you. We use our expertise in the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics (i.e. how the body moves) of the human body to assess and provide treatment to people of all types with a wide range of health problems.
Contact us today to book your physio assessment so we can help get you back to your best self.