What is physiotherapy?
Your physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. An expert in movement and function he/she works in partnership with you, assisting to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.
Physiotherapy can help recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help you prevent further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes.
As first contact practitioners, a doctor’s referral is not necessary to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.
ABOUT FLEETWOOD PHYSIO
An important aspect to keep in mind about physical therapy is that it’s individualized to meet each person’s individual needs. Each person may respond differently to therapy. People have different types of bodies, different patterns of movement, different alignments, and different habits. At Fleetwood Physio, our physical therapists monitor each individual and develop a program to correct improper habits, alignments, and movement patterns.
What sort of treatment do we use?
Our physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand what’s wrong. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities, and general health.
The following are common treatment methods that will be considered:
- exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
- joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- muscle re-education to improve control
- airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises
- soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs.