What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that aims to improve people’s quality of life, by maximising human function and movement through physical means.
Physiotherapists focus on preventative measures, recovery and rehabilitation by working with you closely using manual therapy techniques, and teaching you ways to prevent further injury.
Treatments are often aimed at reducing pain and stiffness, increasing mobility, postural awareness and teaching self-management strategies, often through the use of an individually tailored home exercise programme.
What does it treat?
Examples of conditions we can help with:
- Back and neck pain
- Strains and sprains
- Pre and post-surgical rehabilitation
- Sports injuries and Exercise rehabilitation
- Headaches and migraines
- TMJ/jaw pain
- Posture-related issues
What to expect from a Physiotherapy session:
The initial consultation will involve a comprehensive assessment of your condition, including identifying any postural or biomechanical limitations, to diagnose your condition.
A treatment plan will then be designed based on your lifestyle and work-related needs and goals. We take a team approach, and consult closely with your GP, specialist, other health professionals and case manager if necessary.
Our physiotherapist may use a combination of techniques including:
• Stretches and exercises to improve mobility, strength and stability
• Clinical Pilates
• Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
• Postural re-education
• Activity modification advice
• Electrotherapy modalities
• Joint mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
• Assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches and walking sticks
• Orthotics fitting
• Craniosacral techniques (for headaches, jaw pain, etc)
Is this covered by a health funds/Medicare?
Physiotherapy is covered by Health Funds. Please check your individual policy for level of cover.
It is not necessary to have a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist.
Our physiotherapist does however see patients referred through their doctors (eg Medicare EPC programmes, Worker’s Comp, DVA, MVA), and will always liaise closely with the treating team.