What is a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapist is a primary health care professional dedicated to evaluating, restoring and enhancing physical function and independence. Physiotherapists are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.
Using highly-specialised knowledge of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones of your body along with a thorough understanding of how they all work together, physiotherapists use hands-on techniques to help you to reduce pain, move more easily, get stronger, breathe easier, prevent injury, and stay fit. Physiotherapists are also highly educated in cardiac, respiratory, and neurological rehabilitation.
Physiotherapists can practice without a doctor’s supervision or referral. Physio’s undertake related professional activities such as research, teaching, administration, and consultation.
When would you see a physio?
Anyone can benefit from physiotherapy, whether you are living with pain or a chronic illness, recovering from a stroke or cardiac event, dealing with workplace injury, or aching after a weekend of increased physical activity.
A physiotherapist can empower and help you take control of your health. A physiotherapist can provide you with the tools that will give you the freedom to function in your home or at your workplace, or while taking part in your favourite leisure activity.
Physiotherapists offer a range of services to people:
- of all ages and all abilities
- who have heart and lung disease, amputations, arthritic joints, and burns
- who have experienced traumatic workplace, athletic injuries, or motor vehicle accident injuries
- who have suffered stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and nerve injury
- who have pre and post surgical needs, pregnancy needs
- who experience ongoing pain
- who want to prevent injury, disease, or illness
- who want to function with greater ease.
What type of treatments will I receive?
At Total Body Physio our physiotherapists are experienced in massage, joint mobilisation, ultrasound, stretching and strengthening. Anytime your mobility and health are compromised your physiotherapist can help maximize your return to independent functioning.
Treatment may include use of physiotherapy modalities, manual therapy, exercise prescription, gait assessment and prescription of walking aids, and education (of what to expect and how to modify aggravating activities while you are healing). Prompt attention to injuries or conditions will speed healing, recovery, and return to your normal activities.
How long will each treatment take?
Your initial consultation will take approximately an hour to complete. The physiotherapist will ask you all the relevant questions pertaining to your injury and any history involved, from here the therapist will then do a full physical examination to determine the cause of the injury. Once the diagnosis is known the treatment plan will be explained. Follow-up appointments will be 40 minutes in length.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Please bring all relevant medical notes, x-ray reports, ACC details with you. Also if necessary please ensure you have comfortable clothing to change into ie tee shirt, shorts. We do have gowns and shorts available for your convenience. You may also bring a support person with you to any of your appointments.