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What Is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapist Subiaco helping patient stretchPhysiotherapy is a form of holistic healing and rehab. Physiotherapy addresses various impairments or pathologies such as headaches, migraines, neck and back pain, and common sporting injuries. Through coaching, mentorship, hands-on therapy and corrective exercise, it also fosters mobility, function, and enhances quality of life.

How?

It does so through a wide range of skills, knowledge, and advanced methodology.

The Role of a Physiotherapist

To assist others, physiotherapists use advanced techniques and evidence-based care. They assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent many health conditions. They also treat movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps to do the following:

  • Repair damaged tissue and promote health and healing
  • Reduce stiffness and pain
  • Increase mobility and physical performance
  • Prevent injury
  • Manage acute and chronic conditions

Conditions Physiotherapy Can Address

Clients may be referred to a physiotherapist for a broad range of health issues and get valuable help. Physiotherapists offer care relating to many conditions:

  • Cardiorespiratory—giving support, prevention, and rehab for those suffering from heart and lung diseases.
  • Cancer and palliative care—treating or preventing fatigue and discomfort.
  • Incontinence—managing and inhibiting incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Women’s health concerns—addressing pregnancy-related health concerns pertaining to childbirth. Other issues include postpartum care, breastfeeding, menopause, prolapse, and loss of bladder or bowel control.
  • Musculoskeletal—preventing and assisting clients with issues like neck and back pain, tendonitis and sciatica.
  • Neurological—helping clients who have sustained severe brain or spinal cord damage. Physiotherapy also can benefit those who suffer from neurological diseases. These include stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Orthopaedic—helping clients prevent or manage orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis or rehabilitate from surgeries such as total hip and total knee replacements.
  • Pain—preventing pain and managing the impact it has on clients’ function.

Each session with a physiotherapist is custom-tailored. That’s because it depends on the client’s particular health issues and needs. A visit to a physiotherapist typically includes the following:

  • Obtaining the client’s medical history
  • Evaluating and diagnosing the client’s condition and needs
  • Helping the client establish and reach physical goals
  • Creating a care plan accounting for a client’s health, lifestyle, and activities
  • Prescribing a course of individualized corrective exercises

If you believe you could benefit from physiotherapy, please contact us today.

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