The goal of physiotherapy is to use physical techniques to improve the way your joints, bones and muscles work. A physiotherapist can help diagnose and treat an illness and injury, and support people in managing ongoing health conditions and disabilities.
The benefits of physiotherapy can include:
- pain relief
- repairing damage
- reduced stiffness
- increased mobility and flexibility
- better coordination
- increased strength
- improved quality of life.
Physiotherapists approach treatment with a holistic philosophy and empower people to be actively involved in their own care. That is, physiotherapists don’t just treat the symptoms of an issue. They will help identify the underlying factors that cause or contribute to the problem, and give you support in addressing them. This will help you maintain your recovery, prevent future problems and improve your overall wellbeing in the long term.
Physiotherapists are qualified health professionals who specialise in maintaining and improving movement and mobility. At a minimum, physiotherapists have completed a four-year Bachelor degree, with many going on to complete additional training. All physiotherapists must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).
There are many conditions that could benefit from physiotherapy. You may seek physiotherapy to overcome the effects of an accident or injury, or you may want to manage an issue that you’ve had for many years. These conditions include:
- acute (sudden) injuries or pain in your muscles, bone and joints, such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and knee injuries
- chronic (long term) conditions affecting your muscles and bones, such as osteoarthritis or osteoporosis
- neurological disorders that affect your nervous system function, such as Parkinson’s disease
- recovery following a stroke
- women’s health conditions, such as incontinence
- conditions that cause fluid build-up in the lungs, such as cystic fibrosis
- post-operative rehabilitation, for example joint or knee/hip replacement
- postural ailments.
Physiotherapy can also help prevent injuries from occurring in the future by building up your strength and wellbeing.