What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, is a healthcare profession that focuses on evaluating, diagnosing, and treating conditions that affect a person’s physical function and mobility. Physiotherapists are trained healthcare professionals who use their expertise in anatomy, physiology, and exercise therapy to help individuals recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions, prevent disability, and improve overall physical well-being. They are regulated by AHPRA and at a minimum hold a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from a university. Physiotherapists apart from GP’s and Specialists are one of the only health professionals who are able to diagnose conditions. Therefore they are able to use this information to accurately create a plan for your rehabilitation, refer for scans or to another professional such as a GP if further investigations, treatments or surgery may be required.

Physiotherapists are able to use manual therapy techniques such as massage or mobilising joints, acupuncture and dry needling (with additional studies) and electrotherapy. They are also experts in movement so they can diagnose movement faults/technique issues/imbalances and postural issues that you may have and can create a plan to correct these.

They also have a strong background in exercises and rehabilitation so can progress your treatments with Pilates style exercises, strengthening exercises, weight training or give advise on your training program. They run exercise programs where they can work on strengthening, core stability, work hardening, post operative recovery or prepare you to return to sport or work. Physiotherapists can also prescribe you an exercise program so that you can continue to improve at home.

Wynnum Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is the cornerstone of our practice at Advantage Healthcare & Physiotherapy. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional physiotherapy care, with one focus – getting you better as fast as possible.

What is Physiotherapy at Advantage Healthcare?

Physiotherapy at Advantage Healthcare & Physiotherapy includes a range of modalities, including dry needling, massage, mobilisations, taping/bracing, shockwave therapy, real-time ultrasound, Pilates, strength and conditioning and collaboration with other services such as clinical rehab, remedial massage, exercise physiology and dietetics.

  • Injury Physiotherapy helps clients recovery from injuries

  • Tightness Physiotherapy can help alleviate any feelings of discomfort or tightness in your body

  • Maintenance Physiotherapy can be used as a preventative service to ensure you have no flare-ups or injuries

  • Strengthen Muscles Physiotherapy, along with other services, can improve your strength, especially after an injury

What to expect at your Physiotherapy appointment:

A working diagnoses and treatment plan 
An accurate assessment and diagnosis is and important part of physiotherapy as it allows us to understand your condition, why it occured or why this continues to happen to you. This also allows us to understand any other injuries that you may have that may also be contributing to your injury. Once we have performed our assessment we are able to formulate a plan for your injury including what you can be doing yourself to help minimise any aggravations, what we can do on the first session to help give you some relief, and what we would be doing on future session to help you to continue to progress. A thorough assessment also allows us to understand what it is you woul dlike to be able to do? Be it going to the gym, continue working a physical job or maybe running around after the grandchildren. Just because you have an injury, doesn’t mean you have to stop everything, sometimes a little movement/living a little is actually a good thing, however just ignoring issues and pushing through can often lead to more issues, compensations and possibly larger injuries.

Professional advice and education
We educate about your conditions so that you have the knowledge to understand what you can do to best help your condition or injury. What the realistic expectations are for your condition, what you can be doing at home, and what we can do to help you.

Referral
If your problem is beyond our scope of practice or if you require the skills of another medical practitioner, we will refer you to one of the many trusted doctors and allied health professionals we work with regularly.

Hands-On Therapy
At Advantage Healthcare & Physiotherapy we aren’t afraid to use manual therapy techniques when required. While great results can be achieved through education and strengthening exercises, many conditions respond well with manual therapy especially during a flare up or recent injury/aggravation.

Exercises

The correct exercises can be vital during the treatment process. Often the physiotherapist will prescribe exercises such as stretches or certain movements to help you regain movement after an injury. If the identify a strength imbalance or weakness the physio will often prescribe strengthening exercises. At Advantage Healthcare the physiotherapists run strengthening classes where they incorporate theories from Pilates, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning training. These classes allow you to exercise in a controlled environment under the watchful eye of the physiotherapist, who can make adjustments to your exercises as you continue to improve and your needs change.

Investigations
We regularly refer for X-Rays and scans where medically required.

FAQ:

Physiotherapists have a wide range of treatment modalities at their fingertips. From ultrasound to exercise prescription to mobilisations to massage and stretching. They are able to help with most injuries and tightness. You should see a Physiotherapist when you first start getting symptoms. This will ensure the fastest recovery possible.

No, you don’t need a referral to see a Physiotherapist privately at Advantage Healthcare & Physiotherapy. Your doctor may give you a referral if you have a chronic condition, which gives you access to some treatments under Medicare.

This will depend on your individual condition and severity. Your physiotherapist should be able to give you an idea of how many treatments you will need at your first appointment.

If your physiotherapist suspects some more serious injury, they may refer you for some imaging. Physiotherapists can refer you directly for a selection of X-Rays, but if Ultrasounds or MRI’s are required, your physiotherapist will request this from your GP.

First and foremost, just yourself! If you have any scans or reports of your injury bring those along. Wear comfortable and loose clothing that allows the Physiotherapist to treat your concerning area. We will get you to fill out a new client form when you arrive which contains some general information about you and your health. Please also bring along your private health card and a method for paying the gap fee.

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