What is Physiotherapy and Can it Help Me?

As physiotherapists, we are often asked what we do and how it benefits the client. Physiotherapists primarily deal with movement. Another words, we ensure that your body functions and moves in an optimal, pain free and effective way. Problems with movement can be related to congenital (birth) issues, be a result of an accident, sporting or workplace injury, or be due to a major medical event such as a stroke or neurological condition. So whether you are young and active or elderly and sedentary, chances are at some stage in your life, you may benefit from physiotherapy.

Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques to ensure the optimal functioning of the muscles, joints and nerves. These include joint mobilisation or manipulation, muscle releases/massage, muscle retraining, exercise programs, electrotherapy to speed up healing and reduce inflammation, strapping and assistance with using various aids or braces. These techniques are used to help treat a variety of problems, including:

*Back pain
* Neck pain, headaches and whiplash,
*Sports Injuries
* Rehabilitation from neurological disorders such as stroke, head injuries
* Upper limb pain including RSI, rotator cuff strains, tennis elbow etc
* Childrens problems such as cerebral palsy
* Pregnancy pain and weakness as well as incontinence

When you visit a physiotherapist, they will take a detailed history, perform a thorough physical examination, provide hands on treatment to address the problems found, advise you on the best course of management for your condition, and provide a home exercise program for you to optimise your physiotherapy consultation. The number of consultations required will depend on the severity and duration of your problems. If you have any queries about how physiotherapy may help you, please call your local physio who will be more than happy to answer any questions.

Rebecca Steele owns Hinteractive Physio in Cooroy and can be contacted on 5442 5556.

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