What does a typical Physiotherapy Consultation involve?
A typical session with a physiotherapist is unique to a patient’s needs and their health condition.
A session may involve:
Assessing and diagnosing the patient’s condition and needs.
Working with the patient to set and attain goals—whether that's running a marathon to maintaining mobility and independence in aged care
Developing a treatment or prevention plan that will take into account lifestyle, activities and general health
Prescribing exercise through Mobile or PC and physical aides if required.
Biomechanical assessment, observation, and diagnostic skills are paramount to the best treatment.
Our Physiotherapists are highly skilled health professionals with superb diagnostic skills to detect and ultimately avoid musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Poor technique or posture is one of the most common sources of repeat injury.
Range of Motion Exercises
Are often prescribed to increase or maintain flexibility of your joints and to reduce stiffness. There several types of range of motion exercises often prescribed including Passive Range of Motion, Active Assistive Range of Motion and Active Range of Motion. Further passive capsular stretches and neural mobilisation exercises may be part of your passive stretching regime.
Certain conditions can make your muscles become weak. Strengthening exercises are an important part of physiotherapy rehabilitation to prepare you for your return to your original performance level or highest possible function.
Spinal and peripheral joint mobilisation/manipulation
Various grades of joint mobilisation to thrust manipulations may be used to improve joint mobility and relief of joint-related pain.
Soft Tissue Mobilization
Soft tissue mobilization or therapeutic massage may be a part of your physiotherapy treatment to relax your tight muscles, relieve pain and reduce swelling.
Dry needling, also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is a technique similar to acupuncture. Our physiotherapists have acquired additional training in dry needling to assist pain relief and muscle function.
Real-Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
Our Physiotherapist may use an ultrasound machine to show you the deep core stability muscles of your abdomen or lower back, your pelvic floor muscles, or the rotator cuff muscles of your shoulder. Using the images on the screen, you can see the muscles move and learn how to best switch-on the muscles to better support your movement.
Physiotherapists also work closely with GPs and other health clinicians to plan and manage treatment. GPs refer more patients to physiotherapists than any other healthcare profession.