Physiotherapists help people by diagnosing, management, and preventing movement disorders. This includes any movement-related disorders caused by illness, disability, or injury. It’s a little-known fact that physios also work with stroke victims, premature babies, incontinent women and people who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and Parkinson’s disease.
Physiotherapists use a combination of manual therapy, physical and electrophysical agents and movement training, amongst other drug-free techniques, to restore movement and function as well as relieve pain. These techniques can also help to prevent other problems from happening. A physio will treat you when you see them, and they also provide an at-home exercise plan to help you recover faster, which is tailored to suit your body’s specific individual needs. Following the at-home exercise plan can help prevent further problems from occurring or from the same injury reoccurring.
Treatments physios offer:
Physiotherapists often work as part of a multidisciplinary team who help get your body back on track as fast as possible. Some treatments they provide include:
- dry needling and soft tissue massage to provide pain relief;
- manipulating, stretching, and mobilising stiff or frozen joints;
- Pilates-based routines and other similar core stability training;
- protecting hypermobile or injured joints with bracing or taping;
- ergonomic advice and postural correction for work stations;
- Prescription of injury specific at-home exercise, and gym programs for self-managed recovery.
Physiotherapy can be the primary care treatment for certain injuries or, it can be provided as part of a comprehensive care plan.National Telemedicine Doctors is a telehealth practice and physiotherapists at this practice offer consultations to patients remotely by phone or video and offer only those services that can be offered without an in-person consultation. During your consultation your National Telemedicine health practitioner will advise you if a face-to-face consultation with a health practitioner is required.