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An Introduction to Physiotherapy: Empowering Health and Wellness

When it comes to optimising physical function, reducing pain, and promoting overall well-being, Physiotherapy emerges as a cornerstone of healthcare. Physiotherapists use a holistic approach to rehabilitation and prevention. However, it is not just about treating symptoms, but about empowering individuals to live their lives to the fullest potential.

Understanding Physiotherapy: What is it?

Physiotherapists, with a keen focus on the structure and movement of the human body, cater to all age groups, enhancing mobility, function and managing pain. Their role spans the acute phase of pain treatment, restoring functional capacity and guiding rehabilitation to function post-injury. With a keen eye for the intricate relationship between body functions and structures, Physiotherapists consider how health conditions impact daily activities and participation. They navigate the personal and environmental factors tied to a health condition, crafting personalised treatment plans for recovery.

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Conditions treated by Physiotherapists:

Physiotherapists possess a diverse skill set to address a wide range of conditions. Here’s a closer look at the conditions they adeptly manage.

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1. Musculoskeletal and sports injuries

  • Physiotherapists excel in treating issues related to muscles, bones, and joints
  • Examples encompass back pain, knee pain, ligament tears, and various joint concerns

2. Cardiorespiratory conditions

  • These are conditions pertaining to the lungs and cardiovascular system
  • Physiotherapists tackle conditions like emphysema, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
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3. Neurological conditions

  • Physiotherapists play a crucial role in addressing conditions stemming from nerve damage
  • Examples include stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease

4. Paediatric conditions

  • Tailoring their approach for young patients, Physiotherapists address developmental delays and muscle issues in children


5. Other specialised areas: 

  • Temporomandibular pain – offering solutions on grinding and clenching
  • Women’s health – prolapse, incontinence
  • Lymphedema problems – conditions involving fluid retention
  • Disability – offering support to individuals with various disabilities to enhance functional capabilities
  • Aged care – contributing to maintaining mobility and overall wellbeing with skills in mobility aid prescription and ambulating safely

How does a Physiotherapy Session Run?

Preparing for a Physiotherapy session is a key step toward a targeted and effective approach to your well-being. Gather relevant information including past specialist reports, information from other treating professionals and imaging reports/results. This comprehensive data equips your Physiotherapist with a holistic understanding of your health history.

Your initial Physiotherapy sessions always start with a thorough assessment. The Physiotherapist will engage in a detailed conversation, asking questions to pinpoint the potential causes of your concern. Based on this information, your Physiotherapist will collaboratively formulate goals and treatment plans tailored to your unique needs.

Following the interview, expect a series of physical assessments. These may involve movements to assess flexibility, strength and functional measures such as balance and hopping. These assessments will form valuable data to inform the treatment plan.

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Treatment Techniques Used by a Physiotherapist:

1. Education

  • Essential education ensures patients understand their condition, learn activities to avoid during acute injury and receive guidance on posture and ergonomics for lifestyle modifications to prevent future injuries
  • Muscle re-education for enhanced control
  • Modalities applicable during time between appointments to alleviate pain

2. Soft tissue therapy

  • A cornerstone of treatment which involves a massage to loosen stiff muscles
  • Hands on techniques to alleviate pain, reduces muscle guarding and decreases swelling, leading to reduced pain and stiffness
  • Effleurage massage, a specific type of soft tissue therapy, plays a crucial role in is key in lymphedema and fluid retention

3. Joint therapy

  • Physiotherapists employ gentle joint mobilisation techniques to enhance joint movement, reduce stiffness and alleviate pain
  • Contrary to popular belief, these methods are performed with or without the traditional “cracking” sound


4. Dry needling

  • An ancient technique involving the insertion of needles in specific trigger points in a sterile environment
  • Key in reducing pain by increasing blood flow, initiating a controlled inflammatory response and modifying nerve responses to pain stimuli

5. Airway clearance techniques

  • Essential in cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy, these techniques improve breathing and enhance oxygen absorption into the lungs

6. Exercise prescription

  • Virtually all Physiotherapy patients receive tailored exercise programs addressing specific impairments
  • Exercise targets issues such as loss of joint range, weakness, and problems related to balance and proprioception

7. Technology

  • Use of ultrasound and shockwave to target deep tissues or tendons promoting healing and managing inflammation
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Your Journey to Better Health Begins Here

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Embark on a journey into the captivating realm of Physiotherapy, where transformative possibilities await for your health and well-being. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition or simply seeking to enhance your physical performance, Physiotherapy stands as a dynamic and self-empowering ally on your healthcare journey.

At Allied OT, our devoted team of Physiotherapists in Beverly Hills and Kingsgrove are committed to providing personalised and tailored care guiding you towards your goals and optimal outcomes. If you have inquiries or are ready to initiate your path to a healthier you, simply book an appointment online or call us at 1300 143 153.

Your health. Your mobility. Your life. Let Physiotherapy assist YOU in unlocking your full potential.

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