What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a form of “hands-on” manual therapy used to aid in a rapid recovery and  rehabilitation from all forms of injury, sports related or otherwise.  In addition Physiotherapy can be used to maintain your body in its optimum state which can enhance your performance during sport and also aid in reducing the chances of and even preventing a re-injury.  Physiotherapy treatment is usually quite gentle and is very safe.  Techniques commonly used by Physiotherapists are: Joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, ultrasound, TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation ), combined with home based stretching and strengthening exercises.  All of the above techniques allow your joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons to function better.

What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) describes Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy as follows:

If you have neck, back, joint or muscle pain then obviously you want the fastest – and longest lasting – relief possible.  That’s why musculoskeletal physiotherapy is your best option.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are qualified health professionals who specialise in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly neck and back pain.  They employ the most advanced techniques and their results are sometimes instantaneous.

More ways to help you move well and stay well

Apart from providing rapid an effective drug-free pain relief, there are a number of important ways that musculoskeletal physiotherapy can help.  APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists use advanced clinical assessment and diagnosis methods, and have been trained in a broader range of treatment techniques than many other health professionals.  As a result, they are in the best position to improve you mobility, co-ordination, strength and overall fitness level.

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists can offer assistance in many ways

  • They will treat any underlying problems.
  • They can teach you about posture, how to move well, lift correctly, avoid muscle strain and injury and even return to fitness after childbirth, inactivity or illness.
  • Mobilisation, manipulation, stretching, massage and exercise prescription are some of the key methods employed by practitioners to help improve your mobility.
  • Precise, specific exercise advice can help you to correct faulty spinal movement and improve coordination, leading to smoother, pain-free movement.
  • Customised exercise programs to improve power, endurance, work tolerance and overall fitness will help to increase your strength and prevent injury recurring.