What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy deals with restoring and maintaining functional movement, reducing pain and promoting health in individuals.
As physiotherapists, we treat a wide array of conditions including:
- Spinal pain and injuries (e.g. disc prolapse)
- Sports injuries (e.g. ligament tears)
- Fractures (e.g. broken arm)
- Musculoskeletal problems (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g. following a knee replacement)
- Biomechanical problems (e.g. “flat feet”)
- Arthritic conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis)
- Neurological disorders and diseases (e.g. stroke)
- Cardiothoracic conditions (e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorders)
- Paediatric conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy)
This is just to name a few!
Physiotherapists are extensively trained in manual therapy which means we are “hands on” with our patients. This may include massage and joint mobilisation and manipulation, as well as muscle stretching which we achieve using a wide variety of techniques. To complement our manual skills we sometimes make use of different modalities to reduce pain and inflammation including hot packs, ice, TENS, E-stim, ultrasound and laser treatment. Acupuncture and trigger point therapy is also widely practiced by physiotherapists, Physiotherapists are highly trained in exercise prescription and often give our patients exercises to do at home to help resolve their conditions.
If you have any of the injuries or conditions listed above, a consultation with a physiotherapist is a step in the right direction!
Call Active Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy on (03) 9735 7733 for more information, or to make an appointment.
In this section
Many benefits are available to the public through the widening scope of physiotherapy. The profession addresses orthopaedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary problems among infants, children, adults and geriatric populations. Read more →
As a science-based practice, physiotherapy uses facts, theories and hypotheses and tests them against available data. Read more →
In cases where functional movement is compromised, doctors often refer their patients to physiotherapists. He/she will write an order authorising the form of treatment he desires. Read more →
Physiotherapists are primary health practitioners so private patients do not need a doctor's referral before attending physiotherapy. Read more →
Pain, stiffness, trigger points, muscle tension and other conditions respond well to massage, but it is just one modality in a long list of treatments that physiotherapists carry out. Read more →
Physiotherapists not only help patients recover from injury or illness, we help prevent it too! We keep our elderly patients independent and safe and we help sports people avoid injury. Read more →
Physiotherapists who specialise in the treatment of children with motor dysfunction are known as paediatric physiotherapists. Read more →
Some people are under the misconception that physiotherapy is painful, and for this reason they may shy away from receiving treatment. Read more →
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