Physiotherapy or physio as it is most commonly called is a profession which is aimed at the assessment, maintenance, and restoration of the physical function and performance of the body. Without our bodies performing at an optimal biomechanical level you will inevitably run into problems and develop imbalances or dysfunctions (not moving properly) that lead to pain/injury and decreased performance.
Physiotherapy can be used as adjunct to other health care such as recovery from surgery or in conjunction with medical advice or medication but is usually used in isolation as the one therapy of choice such as in injury management. In the cases where it is used in combination with other medical/allied health therapies it will help provide a more longer lasting relief or speedier recovery from injury.
Physiotherapists look at the factors which contribute to the problem or presenting complaint of the patient. By addressing poor posture, improper techniques, muscle imbalances, poor work practices, or other bad habits we are able to address these issues and hence treat the patient as a whole person rather than a set of symptoms and simply put a “band aid” over they’re problems. This approach reduces the likelihood of the same thing happening again in the future and also reduces any worsening of the condition or any more degeneration/dysfunction of the patients condition.
Physiotherapy uses a wide range of assessment and treatment techniques to determine what the cause of the problem is, where the painful structure that is causing the symptom lies, and therefore the physiotherapist is able to determine what the best technique to use will be to restore the patient to the best level of function.
Physio treatment will therefore vary depending on what the presenting physio condition is, but commonly patients can expect to receive treatment techniques from the following list:
- Joint mobilisation therapy
- Spinal mobilisation therapy
- Postural advice/education
- Exercise programs/advice
- Stretches and core stability training
- Ergonomic and work station assessments and advice
- Pilates conditioning programs
- Dry needling
- Muscle energy techniques
- Balance training and re-education
- Gait (walking/running) retraining
- Strength and rehabilitation program and training
An accurate assessment by your Watsonia Physiotherapist will determine what the most appropriate course of treatment will suit you as an individual to get the best recovery possible so that you can get back to doing what you enjoy most.