What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is an integrated and holistic approach, guided by a careful assessment process, supported in clinical reasoning, to help restore physical, often associated mental and emotional healing of a patient, as a result of injury, illness or disability.
Our profession falls under the banner of the allied health professionals, whereby we aim to prevent, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate a range of physical conditions and illnesses, so that the person can achieve their own individual goal of well-being and function.
Physiotherapists are highly skilled and train for four years, as well as complete many hours of practical work and post-graduate education, to keep up to date with new, innovative and clinically sound ways of treating patients; we are considered first line practitioners and therefore do not necessitate a doctor’s referral. A range of conditions associated with the many different systems of the body can be treated, namely:
• a pathological diagnosis / referral to other medical practitioners if appropriate. However, we are considered first-line practioners and so one does not necessarily require a doctor’s note.
• Identify movement impairment syndromes, which can explain what and why one’s symptoms and pain problems arise
• Correct these movement patterns and tissue adaptations to alleviate the mechanical musculoskeletal pain problems and prevent recurrence
• Prescribe an exercise program that supports the correction in body mechanics and life activities
• Tendon Problems
• Sports Injuries
• Strains and Sprains
• Neck and Back pain
• Work-related injuries
• Joint pain and Arthritis, so as to improve health and well-being.
• Breathing assessment of dysfunctional patterns and corrective techniques to assist with enhancing one’s range and adaptability of breathing
What we do?
I have a dynamic space to work from in my home, where my treatment is guided by a thorough assessment and clinical reasoning, making use of manual therapy, mobilisation and manipulation of joints, specific soft tissue techniques, muscle energy techniques, strapping and taping, acupuncture / dry needling, postural, pelvic and spinal alignment corrections, as well as a graded exercise prescription if necessary.
Each session involves supporting my patients through education, awareness and their own self-responsibility for their ailment, so that they can return to optimal function.