Physiotherapy may help you recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, increase mobility and prevent further injury. They listen to your problem and tailor the treatment to you.
Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and explain what is happening. A Physiotherapist 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 problems like neck or back pain, sciatica, postural issues, sports injuries, headaches and tendon problems. Likewise Physiotherapists also often treat hip, knee and ankle pain, shoulder, elbow and wrist pain, scoliosis and arthritis. Physiotherapists understand dealing with long term and short term pain.
Physiotherapists 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 and are allied health care providers. Physiotherapists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). At Move we are involved in ongoing education and training.
What do I bring to an appointment?
Bring along any reports, scans or test results that you have. Depending on the area your Physiotherapist may ask you to undress to your underwear. Your treatment may also involve using exercise equipment. It is important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to bring or wear stretchy comfortable clothes.
What will treatment feel like?
Massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation are often part of Physiotherapy. If your injuries require hands-on treatment of painful and sore areas, your physiotherapist will be careful to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Communication with your physiotherapist about pain you may feel will help you work together with what you find comfortable.
Mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise is possible. If this soreness persists or increases, call your physiotherapist to discuss your concerns.
A consultation with a physiotherapist at MOVE will involve a case history and an examination in a private consultation room. Treatment can include soft tissue and joint mobilisation, manipulations, taping (rigid and k tape),dry needling and exercise prescription. Sometimes treatment may take place in the consult room and/or the gym space depending on exercise equipment that may be needed.
For more information about physiotherapy please visit Australian Physiotherapy Association website