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. Physiotherapy can help 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 forms of treatment do Physiotherapists use?Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand whats wrong. Your treatment plan will be specialised for your needs, it will take into account your lifestyle, activities and general health.
There are several common treatment methods physiotherapists may use to help you, this may include:
- Exercise Programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- Breathing exercises
- Assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchair
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