What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists help you get the most out of life. Physiotherapists are trained to assess and diagnose the physical condition. They help you to recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, increase mobility, prevent further injury and achieve your best health. They listen to your needs to tailor a treatment specific to you. They treat people of all ages and from all walks of life, even those who are living with a complex condition or disability.
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession. All physiotherapists must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). They must be qualified, have insurance and be continuing their education to maintain their registration (just like doctors). They use accurate assessment techniques for making a diagnosis and give evidence-based treatments.
Physiotherapy can help with a number of common problems such as:
- Painful conditions such as arthritis
- Chronic and complex pain
- Back and neck pain, including sciatica and whiplash.
- Upper limb conditions including shoulder injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) such as tennis elbow
- Preventing surgery, or helping you to prepare for and recovery from surgery.
- Work place injuries
- Balance problems, helping to prevent injuries or falls.
- Sports injuries and helping you to keep doing your favorite leisure activity
- Pregnancy related symptoms such as back-pain or stress incontinence or recovering from child-birth
- Asthma and other breathing difficulties
- Problems affecting children.
No, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists are trained to assess and diagnose physical conditions. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition. Where a doctor specialists in the prescription of medicine, a physiotherapist specialists in the prescription of exercise and physical therapy treatment modalities.
Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand your condition and the how to treat it.
Physiotherapy combines various treatments to help you reach your full potential such as:
- exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles, including Clinical Pilates
- joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- muscle re-education to improve control
- airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises
- soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- dry needling and acupuncture
- Specialized electrotherapy or thermal modalities to reduce pain and swelling
- assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs to help you move around.