Physiotherapy may help you with a wide range of conditions. They can help you recover from injury or reduce pain and stiffness. In addition they may also help to you to increase mobility and prevent injury. They will listen to your problem and tailor the treatment to you.
Physiotherapists are trained to look at your condition, diagnose the problem, and explain what is happening. After that they will make a treatment plan that will take into account your lifestyle, activities and general health.
When might you see a Physiotherapist?
You can see a Physiotherapist when you experience the following problems.
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Postural issues.
- Sports injuries.
- Tendon problems.
- Hip, knee and ankle pain.
- Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain.
A Physiotherapist may use the following:
- exercise programs to improve movement and strength.
- joint manipulation and mobilisation.
- muscle education to improve control
- soft tissue treatment
- dry needling.
What kind of training do they have?
In Australia, Physiotherapists complete university training. They are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
What do I bring to an appointment?
Bring any reports, scans or test results that you have. You may need to undress to your underwear for some areas. You may also need to use exercise equipment so you may want to bring or wear comfortable clothes.
What will treatment feel like?
Massage, stretching, repetitive movements and mobilisation are often part of treatment. If you have pain your therapist will be careful to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Communication about pain will help you work together with what is comfortable.
Mild soreness for a day or two after treatment is possible. However, if pain persists or increases, call your physiotherapist to discuss.
A consultation with a physiotherapist at MOVE will take place in a private room. Treatment can include hands on techniques, taping, dry needling and exercises. However, sometimes part of treatment may take place in the gym space if exercise equipment is needed.
For more information please visit Australian Physiotherapy Association website