A Physiotherapist is an allied health professional who is trained to work with patients to help them get better and maintain their wellness. They use specialised techniques to assess, diagnose and treat patients who suffer from various health conditions and movement issues. For example, many people who suffer from stiffness and pain will visit a physio office.

Furthermore, those who have suffered from an accident or a severe health crisis can regularly see a professional to implement a treatment plan which will slowly increase their movements, strength and mobility. Seeing a professional is also a great way to prevent injuries before they occur as well as receive education on how to best to work safely, especially for those in office jobs. An expert will often prescribe their patients stretches and exercises that are specifically designed for them that will improve their particular ailment and suit their body.

This can be especially important for older people who wish to remain mobile and active for as long as they can. Each physiotherapist has a particular speciality and has their own way of doing things. Sometimes professionals only work with athletes with sports-related injuries and prevention, whereas another professional may only work with children. Some will incorporate things like acupuncture, dry needling and massage into their treatments and others will include hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, heat treatment, and/or continence based exercises. It is not uncommon to see a physiotherapist work in a hospital, aged care facility, private clinic or a sports rehab facility. While there can be a difference between all professionals, the thing they have in common is that they will work with their patients to improve their overall well-being. Here is a further look at Physiotherapists, and what they can do for their patients.

What are their qualifications?

An expert may have obtained their qualifications via a Bachelor’s degree (such as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy), Master’s degree or Doctoral program. Those who usually complete a Master’s degree Doctoral program are ones who wish to specialise in a certain area such as sports injuries. In order to practice in Australia, they must be registered with the board in their location. It is not uncommon for physios to have completed a placement for a period of time, and many will combine their studies with other diplomas or certificates such as massage or holistic care. Ongoing development must be completed each year in order for experts to stay up to date and to stay registered. Again, while pathways can be a little different for each person, what is common is that all physios take a holistic approach to wellness and will look at why something is occurring rather than just treating the issue.

How can physiotherapy help?

Sessions can help patients in a variety of ways. Exercise programs can be created which will increase fitness, strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Furthermore, assistance can be offered for sprains and breaks in the form of splints, wheelchairs, crutches and walking frames. For those who are in immediate pain, they are able to receive on the spot assistance in the form of hot and cold packs, muscle stretching or electrotherapy. Joint manipulation can be performed to help with those who are suffering from joint pain and stiffness in order to improve one’s range of movement. Overall stress can also be improved with breathing exercises taught as well as stretches. It is quite common for those with back pain to seek help and they are able to decrease their issues by learning how to improve their posture as well as with massage and strengthening exercises. All in all, there are a variety of ways that an expert is able to help holistically, short-term as well as long-term