Physiotherapy is the practice of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. A physiotherapist is a qualified health professional who is an expert in body movement and function. We use evidence-based techniques to improve a person’s health and wellbeing. You can benefit from physiotherapy particularly if you have a goal that could be achieved by overcoming some mobility challenges.
Your Everyday Independence physiotherapist will begin by assessing what you can do at the moment and discovering what your potential could be if you have the right supports. We can then work with you to set your goals of what is important to you and break those goals down into manageable steps to achieve over time.
What does a physiotherapist do?
Depending on your goals and your unique situation your physiotherapist will work with you on a range on therapy initiatives to assist you with strength, movement and flexibility. These could include:
- Assisting you to improving your balance, movement of legs or arms, muscle strength and fitness. These improvements may help you to walk more steadily, walk without an aide such as a walking stick, ride a bike, walk up and down stairs or run after your grandchildren.
- Helping you chose the right walking or standing aide to support your individual needs from walking long distances to standing to stretch tight muscles.
A physiotherapist can support you by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes.
Physiotherapists can often work as first contact practitioners or as part of a health professional team to plan and manage treatment. Physios often work alongside other professionals including occupational therapists and speech pathologists to provide support that meets your needs or those of a family member.