By Healthweb | June 5, 2015
Physiotherapy or physio as it is most commonly called is a profession which is aimed at the assessment, 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 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 the Physiotherapy for Women practice is skilled in this area.
Physiotherapy is able to address these issues and hence treat the patient 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 patient’s condition.
Physiotherapy uses a wide range of assessment and treatment techniques to determine what the cause of the problem is and where the painful structure that is causing the symptom lies. Therefore the physiotherapist is able to determine what the best technique will be to restore the patient to the best level of function.
Physio treatments vary depending on what the presenting physical condition is, but commonly clients can expect to receive treatment techniques from the following list:
- Joint mobilisation therapy
- Spinal mobilisation therapy
- Pelvic floor muscle therapy
- Bladder training
- Postural advice/education
- Exercise programs/advice
- Stretches and core stability training
- Pilates conditioning programs
- Acupuncture and dry needling
- Muscle energy techniques
- Balance training and re-education
- Gait (walking/running) retraining
- Strength and rehabilitation program and training
An accurate assessment by your Physiotherapy for Women therapist will determine the most appropriate course of treatment to suit you as an individual. We strongly encourage your participation in your treatment program so you are involved in your recovery.