What is physiotherapy and what is a physiotherapist?
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) describes physiotherapy as a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. The APA says that 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.
At Body Organics our physiotherapists in Brisbane work with clients to help them achieve healthy and functional movement. Physiotherapy can assist you when you’re recovering from injury or surgery, managing pain and stiffness, working on preventing a recurring injury or improving functional movement, mobility and performance.
Some common treatment methods that a physiotherapist may use include:
// exercise programs (e.g. pilates) to improve your mobility and strengthen muscles
// manipulation and mobilisation of your joints to reduce pain and stiffness
// re-education of your muscles and self-care advice
// mobilisation of soft tissues with physio massage
// advice about the use of aids such as splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs
What is a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapists typically complete a 4-year university degree in which they study human movement and its rehabilitation. Physiotherapy equips them to assess, diagnose and treat the underlying causes of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction that relates to joints, muscles, nerve tissue and faulty movement patterns.
Most physiotherapists are member of the national association for their profession, the APA. By law physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapists Registration Board in the state or territory in which they are practising.
Where to find a physiotherapist
Meet our physios and the rest of the Body Organics team.