Physiotherapy is a profession aimed at the assessment, treatment, maintenance, and restoration of the physical function and performance of the body.Without our bodies performing at an optimal biomechanical level you will inevitably run into problems and develop imbalances or dysfunctions (not moving properly) that lead to pain/injury and decreased performance.
Physiotherapy can be used as adjunct to other health care such as recovery from surgery or in conjunction with medical advice or medication but is usually used in isolation as the one therapy of choice such as in injury management. In the cases where it is used in combination with other medical/allied health therapies it will help provide a more longer lasting relief or speedier recovery from injury.
Physiotherapists look at the factors which contribute to the problem or presenting complaint of the client. By addressing poor posture, improper techniques, muscle imbalances, poor work practices, or other bad habits we can address these issues and hence treat the client as a whole person rather than a set of symptoms and simply put a “band aid” over the problems. This approach reduces the likelihood of the same thing happening again in the future and also reduces any worsening of the condition or any more degeneration/dysfunction of the clients condition.
We use a wide range of assessment and treatment techniques to determine what the cause of the problem is and what is causing the presenting signs and symptoms The physiotherapist is then able to determine what the best treatment techniques are to restore the clients level of function.
Physiotherapy treatment will therefore vary depending on what the presenting condition is.
An accurate assessment will determine what the most appropriate course of treatment will suit you as an individual to get the best recovery possible so that you can get back to doing what you enjoy most.