How Physiotherapy Can Help You Get Your Life Back


There are many debilitated and long-term sufferers of chronic joint and muscular pain, whether it be from an accident or just general wear and tear. For those that have these conditions, it can feel like there is no solution to their predicament, and this hopelessness can lead to a whole host of other problems, including depression. Luckily, there is a popular method of treating these pains, and many more, which is widely available and used by millions of Australians every year: physiotherapy.

What Is Physiotherapy? 

Physiotherapy is a broad series of treatments that are personalised to your individual needs by your licensed physiotherapist. They will assess your condition and formulate a wellness plan to help fix the problem areas. This can include a range of programs such as:

  • Specialised exercise programs that target the painful areas.
  • A healthier food plan with essential nutritional content that you might not have been getting in your daily diet
  • Massage and manipulation of the joints and muscles 
  • A range of acupuncture, hydrotherapy and dry needling

These are just a few of the tools in the arsenal of a physiotherapist, and often several are used in conjunction with each other.  Think of physiotherapy as a program to fix your physical pain through a broad spectrum of treatments. 

Who Needs Physiotherapy?

Many people wrongly assume that physiotherapy is only necessary for recovering athletes or people trying to come back from a serious injury like a car crash. While rehabilitation for both of those examples is definitely within the capabilities of a physiotherapist, most of their patients are just normal people who have some sort of localised pain they simply cannot rid themselves of. People who suffer arthritis are common patients of a physiotherapist, and they can really do great work in managing their pain, as they do for all their chronic patients. No matter how big or small your pain, a physiotherapist is equipped to deal with it. 

How Do I Find The Right Physiotherapist?

Often GP's will refer their patients to a physiotherapist, so if you are not sure if you need this particular sort of treatment, seeing your doctor first is a good idea. Your doctor will also have a list of good physiotherapy practitioners he or she can give to you to choose from. Finding the right physiotherapist is all about getting someone to understand your issues while being sensitive to your capabilities. You want to be pushed, but not so much that it causes you more pain than you were originally in. As long as you find someone who knows your boundaries and is enthusiastic about your treatment, you will be just fine.


27 May 2019

Massage for Pregnant Women--Safety, Function and Other Considerations

Welcome to my blog. I used to work as a midwife and recently retired about two years ago. I love to keep my mind active and also love to write, so I decided to start this blog. In this space, I am going to focus on pregnant women but not from an exclusive midwifery stance. Instead, I want to write about how massage can be instrumental for pregnant women during the pregnancy and labour but also after delivery. If you are pregnant, I hope these tips and facts help you. Please, explore and enjoy these posts. I live with my dog, and it's usually pretty quiet around here, so I am eager for the chance to communicate with the world through the venue of this blog.