Physiotherapy focuses on restoring movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability through assessing, diagnosing, and providing remedial techniques to support your personal recovery.
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy uses movement, manipulation, exercise, and manual therapy to help restore normal function to patients suffering from a wide range of injuries or pain.
Physiotherapy works by establishing which structure has been damaged and, ideally, how it was damaged. By understanding what caused the injury we can focus on treating it and prevent the injury from recurring.
Then, according to which structures have been damaged, the physiotherapist may use their hands to mobilise stiff joints and/or release tight muscles, provide a program of exercises to strengthen weak structures, and advise as to what activities to do or to avoid in order to accelerate recovery.
How can Physiotherapy help me?
Physiotherapy is helpful for people at all stages of life — from infant to old age — whose function and movement are impacted by disease, health conditions, injury, environmental factors, ageing, disorders, and more.
Physiotherapy can also help with:
– sports injuries
– muscle aches, pains, and strains
– muscle tension
– lower back, shoulder, and neck pain
– improving balance
– gaining a degree of function and movement after stroke
– hip, ankle, and joint pain
– posture and body misalignment
– chronic pain
– discomfort and bodily stiffness
and much more!
The principal focus of physiotherapy is on restoring normal, symmetrical, pain-free movement. ‘Abnormal’ asymmetrical movement is often what leads to injury – Physiotherapy can prevent injury by identifying and correcting such movement asymmetries.
Whether you are rehabilitating from surgery, have developed pain through overuse, or have suffered an acute injury, physiotherapy can help to support our overall wellbeing by reducing aches, pains and tensions so that we can live a more fulfilled life.
Other benefits include:
– reduced inflammation
– improved strength
– corrected body alignment
– improved circulation
– improved tissue elasticity
– relaxed muscles
A typical session
A typical physiotherapy session will begin with a thorough assessment – going through your injuries, assessing your posture, and assessing your current range of movement to get a better understanding of what is causing your issues.
Once our therapists are able to diagnose the source of your pain or injury, techniques such as physiotherapy taping, acupuncture and dry needling, physiotherapy exercises, biomechanical analysis, electrotherapy, and more are used to treat your issues.