What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and assists to prevent disease and disability through physical means.
Physiotherapists are experts in anatomy, movement and function. This knowledge helps patients to overcome movement disorders and pain. They are also passionate about injury prevention. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities, general health, and personal goals.
Physiotherapists are ‘hands on’ practitioners who also give corrective exercises to their patients in order to optimise function. Physiotherapists can assist people thoughout their life.
Physiotherapists are trained to be first contact practitioners, meaning no referral is required.
The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use to assist you to achieve your goals:
- exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
- joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- muscle re-education to improve control and posture
- soft tissue massage
- assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs.
- Gait re-training