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What Is Physiotherapy?


What Is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.

There are many reasons why you might visit a physiotherapist:
Everyone can benefit from physiotherapy at some point in their lives. Whilst it is a well know fact that physiotherapists treat injuries, it is less common knowledge that physiotherapists can help you take control of your life health and stay well. Some of the needs physiotherapists address include:


If you are at risk of diseases and injuries affecting the heart and lungs, such as heart disease or asthma, physiotherapists can help patients prepare for or recover from surgery.  They can also prescribe exercises and other interventions that can improve quality of life.

Cancer, palliative care and lymphoedema

Physiotherapist can treat, manage or prevent fatigue, pain, muscle and joint stiffness.

Continence and women’s health

Through specific pelvic floor exercises, physiotherapists can help manage and prevent incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction in men, women and children.

Physiotherapists also work in the areas of pregnancy, birth, post-partum care, breastfeeding, menopause, bedwetting, prolapse, loss of bladder or bowel control.

Supporting older Australians

Physiotherapists help to manage or prevent the effects of conditions or risks such as osteoporosis, incontinence and falls in the elderly.


Physiotherapists use specific techniques in order to prevent and treat clients with musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain.


Patients who have had severe brain or spinal cord damage from trauma can be supported by a physiotherapist. They promote movement and can increase quality of life in these patients.


Helps patients prevent or manage conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and amputations.

Occupational health

Supports the health and wellbeing of workers, and support these workers in returning to work.

Paediatric (supporting infants and children)

Supports a child’s development such as addressing milestone delays when it comes to sitting and walking, clumsiness, or hyperactivity.


Prevents and manages sporting injuries among all types of people, from professional athletes to everyday Australians.


Physiotherapists treat patients using hydrotherapy for such things as sports injuries, post-operative and orthopaedic conditions, spinal pain and/or injuries and arthritis. Aquatic physiotherapy is common for aged care.

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