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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the body and its injuries to restore physical function and performance.


 

How can Physiotherapy help me?

Physiotherapy aims to identify the cause of your symptoms.  This is the area that is responsible for causing the pain or dysfunction. Treatment directed at correcting this cause is the first step on your road to regaining optimal physical function and relieving your pain.

What can I expect in my first Physiotherapy appointment?

Firstly, you will sit down with your physio and explain the reason for your visit.  Some questions to establish the problem, and a physical examination to assess the injury are used to map out a treatment program.  This is then discussed with you before treatment begins.

What will the Physiotherapy treatment involve?

As the name suggests physiotherapy is the application of physical therapies.  This means that most of what is done involves use of the physio’s hands – mobilisation, massage, stretching, taping and manipulation – in conjunction with exercises, heat/cold, posture re-education and movement retraining.

Will I need to see anyone else?

At times your physio may suggest referral to another discipline if it is likely to assist resolution of your symptoms. This can be done either within the clinic or with a professional of your choice.  Several people working together towards a common goal will improve your result.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Physiotherapists are a first contact practitioner, so a GP referral is not required for consultation.

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