Physiotherapy is an evidence-based profession and takes a ‘holistic’ approach (‘whole person’ focus) to health and wellbeing, this includes a patient’s general lifestyle.
Physiotherapy can benefit you at any point in your life and helps with conditions such as back pain, whiplash or sudden injury, managing long-term medical conditions, post-operative rehabilitation as well as preparation for changes in life-style or a sporting event.
Diagnosing your Condition
During your initial consultation, your physiotherapist will carry out a thorough examination in order to diagnosis your problem and plan your treatment. He/she will look at the causation and history of your condition, your medical history, general health and any medication you are currently being prescribed by your doctor.
Your physiotherapist may ask you to perform various movements, such as walking, standing and sitting. He/she will also assess your posture, balance and ask you to perform more specific movements to help identify objective measures, muscle strength and joint range of motion.
Planning your Treatment
The treatment plan will be specific to you and your condition and could include spinal mobilization and manipulation, joint mobilization, soft tissue techniques, nerve mobilization, electrotherapy. Most treatment plans will include strengthening exercises and stretching.