Physiotherapy is a science-based therapy that takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. It incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions, combining movement and exercise with manual therapy.
Physiotherapists help people with their injuries, illness or disabilities. They work with people of all ages and various conditions ranging from diagnosed medical condition to preventive treatments. Physiotherapy treatment can be beneficial for the following:
- Chronic Back pain, stiffness, sports injuries, arthritis
- Stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s symptoms
- Chronic heart disease and rehabilitation after heart attack
- Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand what’s wrong. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities, and general health.
The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use:
- Exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Muscle re-education to improve control
- Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- Cryotherapy (Ice therapy)
- Assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs.