What Is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a clinical health science and profession that aims to improve and rehabilitate a person’s ability to move and function.
Physiotherapists utilise their knowledge in anatomy and physiology to assess and treat people with a variety of health conditions.
They use objective assessments to develop an evidence based treatment program tailored to each individual clients.
All Physiotherapists in Australia hold a university degree in Physiotherapy and must be registered by law with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).
Our physiotherapists at Back Into Osteopathy focus on different areas to cover a wide range of patient needs:
Sports Physiotherapy - for chronic, reoccuring and complex sporting injuries
Hydrotherapy program design
Physiotherapy for the older population including the treatment of patients with arthritis and osteoporosis
Chronic pain management
Our physiotherapists pride themselves in preventative management for both sporting and spinal injuries. By understanding the causes of the current injury and what has predisposed them to the injury, we can treat and manage these restrictions to get the best results for all patients.
Treatment techniques include:
Hands on joint mobilisation or manipulation techniques
Soft tissue techniques such as massage
Taping of joints or muscles
Stretching and/or strengthening exercises
Physiotherapy Treatment & Management
Our sport, leisure and lifestyle activities are imperative to our physical and mental health and well-being. Identifying injuries or pain that you get with your hobbies is essential to understanding why they have occurred and how we treat and manage these issues for the future. These range from acute injuries e.g. ankle sprain to chronic issues e.g. patellofemoral dysfunction (knee cap pain).
First, a thorough diagnosis of the injury/condition needs to be made in order to determine any contributing factors e.g. biomechanical, training schedule etc. This may require further imaging if deemed appropriate e.g. MRI, x-ray.
Once we have made an accurate diagnosis, we can treat and manage the injury with a wide range of treatment skills and knowledge for both short-term and long-term recovery. This is includes soft tissue, stretches as well as strengthening and mobility exercises.
From here, we work on returning to sport stages and preventative approaches for injury avoidance.
Pre & Post-Operative Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation before and after surgery is imperative for the best outcome of the operation. It is just as important as choosing a trusted surgeon. Patient's who are physically and psychologically prepared for surgery before and after, tend to have better surgical outcomes and recover faster.
Pre-operative rehabilitation helps achieve a speedy recovery and optimal result by achiving optimal strength prior to the operation. "Prehab" involves strengthening the supportive muscles around the area that are going to be operated on. This decreases the amount of muscle wastage after the immediate period post surgery.
Post-operative rehabilitation is vital for getting back to optimal physical condition. Post-operative rehabilitation aims to restore mobility and required strength for the injured joint to gain optimal functioning. It involves tailored exercises as well as education in order to restore your function in your session and at home.
Hydrotherapy is water based rehabilitation using a wide range of movement and stretching exercises.
It is a great way of getting moving without stress on your body and it's joints.
Hydrotherapy can have the following effects:
Increase in flexibility
Improvement of balance
Improvement of movement and walking capabilities
Reduction of muscle spasm
Reduction in disc and joint compression
Decreased sympathic nervous system activity
Increased relaxation and sense of well-being
Hydrotherapy is therefore perfect for conditions such as:
Post-surgical rehabilitation: Hydrotherapy can be extremely useful for early stage rehabilitation. It allows for low-impact movement, decreasing the amoutnt of weight placed through the effected joint(s).
Chronic pain: Individuals with chronic pain struggle to move and exercise without discomfort . Hydrotherapy is a great way to exercise with low impact movements whilst still challenging the musculoskeletal system and cardiovascular system.
Arthritis: Reduces the load placed on joint allowin gthe to exercise pain free. The warm water temperature is beneficial for the discomfort and stiffness associated with arthritis.
Sport Injuries: Hydrotherapy exercise is an excellent recovery method post activity to reduce muscle and joint soreness.
Physiotherapy for the elderly
Physiotherapists have a vital role in working with elderly people.
Elderly people can suffer from a wide range of physical conditions such as:
Osteoparthritis and other arthritic conditions
Neurological conditions such as stroke
Cardiovascular conditions such as heart attack
Physiotherapy aims to improve range of motion, increase muscle strength, enhance gait and walking patterns and rehabilitate for injuries and medical conditions
Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain is pain and that persists beyond the normal healing time. It is complex as it involves the entire nervous system where it continues to signal injury at the problematic site.
Physiotherapists play a critical role in assisting people to live with chronic pain. Physiotherapists aim to improve the quality of life and prevent acute and sub-acute conditions turning into chronic pain.