What is Physiotherapy?
As stated by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.
Physiotherapy can help recovery from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help you prevent further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes.
As first contact practitioners, a doctor's referral is not necessary to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.
Physiotherapy courses vary across the country and entry may be through a bachelor, masters or professional doctorate program. Physiotherapists are required by law to be registered with the Physiotherapists Registration Board in the state or territory in which they are practising.
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How can a physio help you?
Like every person, every injury is different, and your physiotherapist will take you through an extensive assessment process to work out exactly what is going on in your situation. This involves a series of questions and physical tests. Once a thorough assessment has been completed, the therapist will be able to determine what structures in your body are contributing, and therefore what your diagnosis is.
The physio will then work with you to make a plan for your recovery. This will involve some education regarding your body and your injury situation, some advice regarding any modifications you may need to make to your daily activities, and a program of specific exercises to rehabilitate your body.
Physiotherapists are trained to ask a specific series of questions regarding your injury, in order to work out exactly what is going on. Information such as how the injury started, what activities make it worse and what treatments you have already tried, gives your physio valuable clues to solve the detective story that your injury presents.
By performing some physical movements or tests, and providing feedback to your physio, additional information can be collected to finalise the diagnosis process.
Physiotherapy treatment, first and foremost, involves giving you a clear understanding of what your injury is, and how and why it happened. The next step is to establish how your injury fits with your current lifestyle and activity level. Should you stop or keep pushing through? Should you do more or less? Your Physiotherapist will give you a really clear framework to follow.
Finally, your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a series of exercises to assist you with recovery. These exercises will stretch what may be tight, strengthen what is weak, and improve balance, reflexes and overall function. These exercises will be progressed as you improve, to a point where they will form a maintenance program to help to prevent you to get injured again.
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How Online Physiotherapy Works
Now we know what you’re thinking – how can Physiotherapy be performed online? It is often perceived as a very ‘hands on’ profession.
At Online Physio, we have taken the physiotherapy consultation process completely online. This means that you can get your injury personally assessed and diagnosed via any combination of webforms, video consultations and secure messaging. Your Physiotherapist will then formulate a rehabilitation plan specific to your needs, and convey it to your computer via written report, online video, and to your smartphone via our PhysiApp.
Physiotherapy as a whole has moved away from a reliance on complex machines and manual techniques, and more towards structured rehabilitation plans that the patient carries out themselves under guidance. This can be converted surprisingly well to an online format, and there is extensive research evidence to support this.
And rest assured, if we feel that you do need to see a Physiotherapist or other health professional 'face to face', we will certainly let you know.
The online physiotherapy consultation process
The online physiotherapy consultation process is almost the same as if you were to visit us in a centre. You still receive all of the benefits, just delivered online instead.
Choose the recovery package that suits your injury - there are three packages to choose from
Answer a series of questions via our online form and video consultation (depending on package chosen)
Your physiotherapist diagnoses the issue and creates a customised rehabilitation program for you
Receive your personalised rehabilitation program via report and App, and complete the exercises
Follow up to ensure a complete recovery, and to prevent the injury from recurring down the track
It can be so upsetting when your body is in pain and not functioning at its best.
Every person, every body part and every injury is different, so in a consultation, our therapists will completely tailor the advice and programs to your needs.
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