Physiotherapy aims to restore proper functioning to the body or, in the case of permanent disease or injury, to reduce the impact of any dysfunction.
Contrary to popular belief, physiotherapists aren’t limited to the rehabilitation of sports injuries and back pain. As well as musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, physiotherapists can also manage:
- Neurological conditions, such as stroke
- Multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries
- Cardiothoracic conditions like emphysema, asthma and chronic bronchitis.
Types of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of conditions. It can also help to speed recovery after many different types of surgery. Physiotherapists are trained in a range of specialist areas such as children’s health (paediatrics), sports medicine or women’s health.
Generally, the three different types of physiotherapy include:
to treat muscles, bones and joints (also called orthopaedic physiotherapy). Common conditions treated include back pain, sprains, strains, arthritis, bursitis, workplace and sports injuries, problems with posture, incontinence and reduced mobility. Rehabilitation after surgery is also offered.
to treat disorders of the cardio-respiratory system including asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Rehabilitation after thoracic surgery can also be offered.
to treat disorders of the nervous system including acquired head injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Rehabilitation after brain surgery can also be offered.
A Range of Therapies
Physiotherapists draw upon a wide range of therapies, tailored to suit your individual needs. Some of these therapies include:
such as massage, stretching, manual resistance training, and joint mobilisation and manipulation, including spinal mobilisation.
such as ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), laser therapy and diathermy.
such as posture retraining, muscle strengthening, cardiovascular training and stretching.
such as taping and splinting, correcting flawed sporting techniques, dry needling and providing information on equipment aids such as wheelchairs and walking frames.
When Should I see a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists can aid in a wide range of injuries, illnesses and pain. Seeing a Physiotherapist as soon as you start to get symptoms will help speed up your recovery and reduce how many sessions you will need.
Do I need a Referral to see a Physiotherapist?
No, you do not need a referral to see a physiotherapist. You can visit us as a private client (your fees can be seen in our Fees tab).
If you have been seeing a Specialist or Doctor about your condition, they may write us a referral, please bring it along if you have one, but you do not need one!
How many Physiotherapy Treatments will I need?
This depends on your condition, severity and recovery. Your physiotherapist will be able to give you a better idea in your first appointment.
What if I need an MRI, XRay, CT Scan, or Ultrasound?
Physiotherapists can refer for a small category for x-rays. For all other imaging, your Physiotherapist will write a letter to your GP and they will then be able to write you a referral.