Physiotherapy is practised by professionals that are concerned with improving a person’s mobility and subsequently their quality of life. These professionals are tertiary-qualified and highly trained. Physiotherapy is widely accessible with physiotherapists available in private practices, sports facilities, hospitals, schools, workplaces, aged care facilities and more.
The primary role of a physiotherapist is to assess a patient’s condition and to find the underlying causes of pain, whether it be in the joints, muscles or nerves. They also advise the patients on ways to manage their condition and show them how they can prevent further pain or injury.
Physiotherapy is a drug-free therapy and some techniques that are employed include:
Physiotherapy is available to people of all ages – from infants to the elderly – and is an important tool in the management of some conditions. Conditions that can be treated include:
To visit a physiotherapist, you generally won’t need a referral from your general practitioner. Also, many private health funds will offer rebates. Medicare rebates are also available to some people with certain conditions, however, you will need a referral from your general practitioner in order to claim said rebates.