What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is an allied health profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means.

Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.

Physiotherapists can help you recover from injury, reduce pain, stiffness and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help you prevent further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes.

Do I need a referral to see a Physiotherapist?

A doctor’s referral is not necessary to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often use a multidisciplinary approach to work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.

What sort of treatment do physiotherapists at Head2Toe use?

The Physiotherapists at Head2Toe are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand what’s wrong. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities, and general health.

At Head2Toe we offer

  • A one-on-one comprehensive treatment
  • 30-minute consultations
  • We NEVER treat more than one patient at a time 

If you’ve ever been left in a room with a hot pack, while your physio treats one or more people at the same time, you will love the Head2Toe difference.

The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use

  • Exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
  • Joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
  • Muscle re-education to improve control
  • Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
  • Dry needling
  • Assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs.

What is the difference between Physiotherapy other allied health professions similar to it?

Physiotherapy is the Physical Branch of Western Medicine. As in, it is the extension of your usual medical treatment beyond what your General Practitioner or specialist can provide.

Although we do look at your whole body with respect to your particular injury, physiotherapy focuses on the site of the injury and treats all the structures in that area which they deem as being too weak, too tight, too loose or biomechanically wrong.

We provide in-rooms treatment, but also aim to give you the information and programs to allow you to take control of your problem and help you rehabilitate and prevent further problems.

Other allied health professions which are similar to physiotherapy are based on theories which suggest that the Spine and Central Nervous System are responsible for all your problems, therefore a healthy and aligned spine will allow your body to heal naturally. Due to this they tend to focus on your spine and pelvis as the source of treatment, and provide regular adjustments to your spine to aid recovery.

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