What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function, who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.

Physiotherapy can help you recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help you prevent further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes.

What types of problems can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy an help virtually any condition that affects your muscles, joints, or nerves. Common problems include painful conditions including:

  • Arthritis 
  • Back and neck pain, including whiplash 
  • Problems affecting children including cerebral palsy 
  • Pregnancy-related symptoms such as back pain and stress incontinence 
  • Work-related injuries
  • Asthma and other breathing difficulties 
  • Sports injuries 
  • Stroke and other neurological conditions 

The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use:

  • Exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
  • 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
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs.

We can help a range of clients, including:
  • Private Patients (health fund rebates available) - no referral needed by your GP
  • Workers Compensation 
  • Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) - referral from doctor required 
  • Department Veteran Affairs (DVA) - referral from doctor required
  • CTP/Motor Vehicle Accidents

*Information provided by APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association)