The practice of Physiotherapy dates back as far as 300 – 400BC and the Greek physician Hippocrates.The modern science of Physiotherapy though, is generally considered to have been introduced towards the end of the 19th century.
Simply defined, physiotherapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. It is also known as physical therapy.
When injury or chronic pain affects your ability to function, that’s when a physiotherapist can usually help. Quite often physiotherapists are called on to provide and prescribe rehabilitation treatment following surgical procedures or after strokes, heart attacks or injuries.
We can treat a broad spectrum of ailments including the following:
- Neck and back pain caused by problems in the muscles and skeleton
- Problems in the bones, joints, muscles and ligaments, such as arthritis and the after-effects of amputation
- Lung problems such as asthma
- Disability as a result of heart problems
- Pelvic issues, such as bladder and bowel problems related to childbirth
- Loss of mobility because of trauma to the brain or spine, or due to diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
- Fatigue, pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of muscle strength, for example during cancer treatment, or palliative care
What can I expect when I visit one of our physiotherapists?
Here is a breakdown of the process, put simply:
- We will take the time to learn about your medical history
- We will examine you to assess and diagnose your condition
- We will develop a treatment plan and work with you to set goals to help you minimize pain and regain the fullest range of mobility as possible
- We will prescribe exercises to assist in your recovery