How Can Physiotherapy Help You
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are autonomous, primary health care professionals considered to be experts in movement. They are trained to assess and treat movement dysfunction in people of all ages from children right through to the elderly.
Today’s physiotherapist is well positioned to help with a whole spectrum of health challenges. As primary care practitioners a doctors referral is not required to see a physiotherapist in the private sector.
Physiotherapists are registered under the Allied Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA), an umbrella organisation which registers some 580,000 health professionals over a dozen health care professions including nurses, midwives, occupational therapists and dentists.
Physiotherapists can help to manage acute injuries such as ankle sprains, knee, hip or shoulder injuries and chronic conditions like arthritis, back pain, diabetes and heart disease. This list is by no means exhaustive, but gives an idea of the broad range of conditions that a physiotherapist may be able to assist with.
Education is an integral part of the work of a physiotherapist, and with the increasing epidemic of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity, health promotion and injury prevention are often the key focus of therapy.
A growing body of research supports physiotherapy for the management of many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. In addition to a growing evidence base, high standards of tertiary education have paved the way for a work force of Australian physiotherapists that are well equipped to provide the consumer with the right treatment and advice.
When Should I See a Physiotherapist?
Whether you have back pain, neck pain, injury to the upper or lower limb, diagnosis of a chronic disease, incontinence or a history of falls, a physiotherapist can help you with your rehabilitation needs.
A course of physiotherapy treatment may help to reduce your pain, restore or maintain movement or strength, and improve mobility and function.
During the first consultation with your physiotherapist they will perform a thorough initial assessment and may look at range of motion and flexibility of your joints, muscle strength and recruitment, posture and alignment of your upper and lower limbs and spine.
Based on the assessment findings your physiotherapist will develop a customised, evidence based treatment program that is specific to your needs. Your physiotherapist will guide you through the rehabilitation process step by step to restore as much of your function as possible. No matter whether your injury is acute or more of a longstanding issue a physiotherapist can work with you to achieve the best possible outcome.
Even those without injury who are simply seeking to increase general health and fitness can benefit from physiotherapy. A physiotherapist can set you up with a home exercise program, facilitate community exercise sessions (or refer you to an appropriate service), teach Pilates exercise classes or guide you with your organised sport (netball, football, soccer) or gym program.
The modern age has created a somewhat sedentary workforce, with increasing numbers of people seeking physiotherapy services for posture-related injury caused by occupational hazards. Physiotherapists can help to optimise work place ergonomics, prescribe ‘pause’ exercises and provide manual therapy to help reduce pain and stiffness.
Taking the First Step….
Have you been suffering with back pain, neck pain or joint stiffness? There is no need to put up with it any longer! Call and speak to the friendly staff at Austral New Age Physiotherapy.
During your initial appointment you can talk to your physiotherapist about what services you need. You may require a ‘hands on’ manual therapy treatment, or a few simple but highly effective home exercises. They will work with you one on one to determine your goals, and help you to get back on track and feeling healthy in no time!