How Physiotherapy Helps

Physiotherapy is concerned with the treatment and prevention of disease or problems effecting the normal function and movement of the body. It utilises a huge range of techniques in order to treat physical problems, maximise the whole body's function and prevent re-injury. Physiotherapists are in the ideal position to appreciate any medical problems in light of the client's own symptoms, and treat the individual as a whole to optimise recovery. The skills physiotherapists use have been learned through intensive training to qualify as a Chartered Physiotherapist, and enhanced by regular post-graduate courses.

These skills include:

  • manual therapy: joint and neural mobilisations and manipulation, massage, trigger point release, myofascial release, muscle relaxation
  • exercise therapy and rehabilitation: sport-specific rehab, gait and movement re-education, ergonomic and postural education
  • electrotherapy
  • acupuncture

It is the physiotherapist's ability to draw from a large 'tool bag' of skills which allows them to efficiently and comprehensively manage an individual's pain or movement dysfunction, and where needed assist clients in long-term self management of problems.