What Do Physiotherapists Do?

What Do Physiotherapists Do?

Do you want to find out more about what physiotherapists do and the benefits of scheduling an appointment with one? If so, our latest blog is for you.

Below, we list the services we provide at Inline Physio and discuss some instances when seeing a qualified physiotherapist may increase your quality of life.

What is a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are health professionals who possess significant expertise about the composition of the human body and how it moves.

It is our aim to assist with the treatment and management of clients’ conditions or injuries so they can get back to feeling 100 per cent and living each day to their fullest.

We work with people from all walks of life and of all age groups and help them to recover from injury or prevent it, boost mobility, manage chronic conditions, decrease pain and stiffness and much more.

Each person’s body is different had no one’s injury history is the same. Therefore, our physiotherapists carry out an assessment of each client, before determining the cause of their niggles or injury and creating a custom care plan.

What Services do Physiotherapists Provide?

  • Movement analysis and specific testing to diagnose the injury as well as the main causes of the injury
  • Exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
  • Joint mobilisation and hands-on techniques to reduce pain and stiffness
  • Training muscle activation to improve control
  • Airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises
  • Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
  • Acupuncture and dry needling
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Assistance with use of aids, splints, crunches, walking sticks and wheelchairs to help you move around
  • And much, much more!

When Should I See a Physio?

Many of our clients schedule an appointment after suffering an acute injury, or when they have a long-standing or painful condition and are unable to tolerate their symptoms any longer.

People often attend our Samford, Ashgrove and Moorooka clinics presenting with:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Ankle and foot pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Elbow wrist and hand pain
  • Neurological disorders
  • Post orthopaedic surgery

While a lot of the above conditions are associated with aches and discomfort, you don’t need to be in pain to see a physiotherapist.

If you are finding that certain everyday tasks are difficult to perform, or you are wanting to take a specific task to the next level, (i.e. running, walking, gym exercises, swimming etc.), a physiotherapist can perform a detailed assessment on the body as a whole and identify areas that need improvement.

Using this information, the physiotherapist can then prescribe a treatment plan using a combination of exercise and hands-on treatment to address the main areas that are limiting your function or progress.

Benefits of Visiting a Physio

The main benefit of seeing a physiotherapist, and coincidentally our main aim as physiotherapists, is to get you moving freely and performing all the activities you want to without pain. 

  1. Guidance through stages of rehabilitation

Physiotherapists are highly skilled at developing appropriate exercise-based programs and guiding you through each exercise to ensure you can complete them appropriately at home.

  1. Identify the root cause of your injury or pain

The most powerful predictor of injury is past injury. One of the most frustrating things is that some injuries can become repetitive and never truly resolve.

What can a physio do about this? Your physiotherapist will conduct a detailed assessment of the body, which will allow them to identify areas away from the injury site that may be the root cause of your injury or pain.

  1. Educate and empower patients so they can lead healthier lives

Physiotherapists are experienced with a wide variety of health and medical issues outside of your typical musculoskeletal injuries. One of our core beliefs at Inline Physio is to provide education and the tools required to empower our patients to lead active and healthy lives.

Do I Need a Referral to See a Physiotherapist?

No, you don’t need a referral to visit a physiotherapist. Often physios will collaborate with other health professionals to put together a specific management plan for your injury or condition.

Are you ready to make an appointment with our trusted team of physios?

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