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23 May 2019

Physiotherapists: What they do and how they can help you.

Our stories about the various types of allied health professionals and how they can help you have been popular!

In our first two stories, we looked at the role of speech therapists and occupational therapists.

This time, we will take a look at physiotherapists.

Physiotherapists can help you to be more active, move better and manage pain. They work with people of all ages and abilities and can assist with a range of different conditions including stroke recovery, brain injury, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities and neurological disorders.

What does a physiotherapist do?

A physiotherapist can provide treatment and show you techniques to improve your mobility, posture, strength and balance.

They will ask you questions, look at how you move and tailor treatment or activities to your individual needs. Any treatment plan will consider your abilities, lifestyle and overall health.

Many different techniques are used by physiotherapists including:

  • Massage
  • Joint manipulation
  • Stretches
  • Breathing exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Hydrotherapy

There is a good chance that when you go to a physiotherapist, you’ll get homework! Physiotherapists will often demonstrate exercises to do at home to help you to move better, be more independent or manage pain.

How can a physiotherapist help you?

Better posture
Posture is how you hold your body when you sit or stand. How you sit and stand can impact breathing, muscle growth and mobility. Physiotherapists can teach you new postural skills and avoid the long-term effects of poor posture.

Daily activities
Physiotherapists can assist you or someone you care for with everyday tasks, such as getting out of bed, taking a shower and moving around the home.

Depending on your level of ability, this may include:

  • Improving muscle strength and motor skills so you can do things yourself
  • Showing others how they can assist
  • The use of specialised equipment.

Sports and hobbies
Participating in sport and leisure activities or hobbies is important for health and wellbeing. Physiotherapists can provide support to participate in your chosen activities and live a more active life.

Mobility aids
Physiotherapists play an important role in identifying aids and appliances that support you to live more independently including canes, wheelchairs, scooters, bathroom and toilet aids and ramps. They’ll ensure you have the right equipment, teach you how to use it safely and show you techniques to prevent falls and injuries.

Physiotherapists are specialists at helping people recover from injury or surgery and are often recommended as part of an after-hospital care program.

Early intervention
Physiotherapists are often part of an early intervention team for babies and young children with a disability, assisting in the development of motor skills like balance, sitting, crawling and walking.

Physiotherapists work closely with doctors and other allied health professionals such as speech therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists.

We can help.

If you have questions about physiotherapy and the NDIS, call the Leap in! Crew on 1300 05 78 78. You can also book your free NDIS pre-planning session or sign up to Leap in! plan management today.