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Physiotherapy and youPhysiotherapists are university-trained health professionals who can help you improve your mobility and quality of life. Physiotherapists apply diagnostic skills and clinical reasoning to deliver the most suitable treatment, helping you gain as much movement and physical independence as possible.
Physiotherapists are trained to assess the underlying causes of joint, muscle and nerve disorder, educate patients about managing their condition, and advise ways to prevent pain and injury. Often, a personal exercise program is prescribed.
Physiotherapists use a wide range of drug-free techniques to relieve pain, restore function and movement, and prevent further problems.
Conditions commonly treated include:
- Musculoskeletal conditions – such as back pain, strains, arthritis and postural problems
- Neurological conditions – such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Cardiorespiratory conditions – such as emphysema, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic bronchitis, and to offer rehabilitation after cardio-pulmonary surgery.
Treatments to improve your activities in daily living include:
- Exercise – with tailored programs to help you retrain your posture, strengthen your muscles, and improve overall fitness
- Manual therapies to mobilise your joints and spine
- Soft tissue massage
- Electrotherapy techniques – ultrasound and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Physiotherapists also provide advice on appropriate walking aids such as frames and footwear.