What is Physiotherapy?
Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.
Physiotherapy is the provision of services to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential by promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing.
Physiotherapy involves assessment and the continual reassessment of a client’s function, with treatment interventions aimed at improving those assessed impairments.
A wide range of conditions may be resolved with physiotherapy, including the following:
- Musculoskeletal pain including back and neck pain, headaches, arthritic pain
- Chronic pain
- Sports injuries
- Rehabilitation following surgery, stroke, head injury and for neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease
- Pelvic floor retraining
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
A variety of different Manual Therapy Techniques are employed. These are largely joint mobilisation techniques, soft tissue massage, myofascial techniques, stretches, and other hands-on modalities. Exercises may be given as an integral part of your treatment.
Small Group Exercise
Small Group Exercise classes are centred around movement quality, gentle strength, injury prevention and maintenance of functional capacity.
Hannah our resident Strength and Conditioning coach uses a mix of Pilates, body weight, resistance, balance and co-ordination exercises tailored to each individuals level of health and fitness. Our Small Group Exercise class is conducted in the clinic with no more than 3 participants to ensure a high level of attention is afforded to each person, in a private and comfortable setting.
Cognitive Funcional Therapy and Pain Education
Chronic pain is pain that has persisted for more than 3-6 months or pain that extends beyond the expected period of healing, and this pain itself may not necessarily be related to ongoing tissue damage.
Cognitive Functional Therapy and pain education utilises an innovative management process for people with chronic low back pain. This includes utilising the following strategies to empower to achieve changes in beliefs, fears, and behaviours:
- Stop thinking of backs as “damaged” and requiring protection.
- Pain does not equal structural injury. Movement is good for the body.
- Backs should be trusted to move in a normal way.
- Build a capacity of patients to understand pain and find ways to break the pain cycle.
- By improving your understanding of why you have pain, this can help with your ability to have control over your pain.
We have a large gym equipped with pilates reformers, a trapeze table, balance pads and beams, and a Wii with a balance board (for balance retraining).
We are able to offer rehabilitation services for:
- Post CVA (stroke)
- Post-operatively for orthopaedic conditions such as ACL reconstruction, knee and hip joint replacement surgery, hip fractures, ankle fractures, spinal surgery
- Balance retraining and falls prevention
- Post-amputee rehabilitation
- General rehabilitation for medical conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and Head Injuries
Hydrotherapy is physiotherapy in a pool environment. Exercise in warm water is a great way to improve joint pain and stiffness, and allow gains to be made in muscle strength and control. This is of assistance to many conditions such as arthritic hip and knee joints, chronic low back pain, and for stiff shoulders.
Exercise is also useful to assist with falls prevention and balance rehabilitation, to improve pulmonary fitness and for general rehabilitation of conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis or following a stroke.
Hannah, our Strength and Conditioning Coach, conducts one on one Hydrotherapy sessions in the water with each patient. This means you have full attention and supervision throughout the session and will also be given an ongoing program to follow should you require.
Sandra Langton has completed the Level 1 Women’s Health physiotherapy course. She can assist with pre and post-natal physiotherapy, and provide assistance with pelvic floor function
PD Warrior is a program designed for clients with Parkinson's Disease. It uses the latest research on neuroplasticity to create a specific exercise program aimed at delaying the progression of Parkinson's Disease. This is a high effort exercise program, which is tailored to the individual needs of each client. Sandra Langton can now provide assessment and individual treatment sessions using the PD Warrior program. It is never too early to start your Parkinson's Disease treatment.
Dry needling is a treatment modality that utilises acupuncture needles to relieve Trigger Points in muscles. It reduces painful muscle tightness, and assists in restoring muscle flexibility and control. A copy of our flyer on Dry Needling is available.
Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the most effective ways of improving your lung function. An individual exercise program is designed to assist with your Pulmonary Function, and guidance given with achieving your goals.
Sandra Langton is able to assess the exercise tolerance of individuals with a Pulmonary condition, and advise on a Pulmonary rehabilitation programme.
If you are unable to attend our rooms for treatment, Home Visits can now be arranged for residents in the local area. Please speak to our reception staff for further information.
Unfortunately we cannot offer this service with bulk billing, and can only offer this with DVA (Department of Veteran's Affairs) funding under limited conditions.