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What exactly is physiotherapy and how can it help you?

One thing we’ve noticed at Fairfield Physiotherapy throughout our collective numerous years of professional experience is that most people aren’t aware of just how broad the field of physiotherapy is and the wide range of injuries and conditions with which it can help.

Here’s a quick Q&A to help get you up to speed.

So, what exactly is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy a science-based healthcare profession dedicated to treating pain, as well as preventing and managing injuries, impairments or disabilities and preparing for major events, to help patients achieve their highest possible function.

Treatment from a physiotherapist can improve and maintain your movement independence and physical performance, promote injury prevention and overall health and wellness, and ultimately, improve your quality of life.

What do physiotherapists actually do?

Physiotherapy is an independent profession where practitioners make decisions and judgments based on clinical findings. They constantly reassess the results of treatment and adjust their approach to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Physiotherapists are registered health care professionals that help people through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They treat people of all ages from newborns to the very old and employ a holistic approach, involving the patient closely in their own care.

What’s happens during a typical session with a physio?

A typical session with a physiotherapist is unique to a patient’s needs and personal health, however it will usually commence with an assessment and diagnosis of the patient’s condition and subsequent needs. The physiotherapist then works with the patient to set and attain goals by developing a treatment plan.

This tailored approach takes into account a range of personal characteristics such as lifestyle, level of activity and general health, clearly outlining what is required from the patient to help ensure the best possible outcome.

What makes physiotherapy different to other medical fields?

By taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, it is physiotherapy that strives to leave no stone unturned when it comes to helping to encourage physical development and facilitate recovery. This approach enables our patients to achieve their own personal goals, whether it is to improve their fitness, move without pain or to recover from serious injury.

How can physiotherapy help me?

You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life for a range of conditions and situations that may or may not be typically associated with physiotherapy, from back pain to sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma, or in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.

You don’t have to be an elite athlete to get the most out of the field of Physiotherapy. Contact Fairfield Physiotherapy and find out what we can do to help you.