Physiotherapy is a conventional medical science, available for all ages. It utilises a number of non-drug and non-surgical techniques to achieve maximal recovery from any condition that results in pain and/or restriction of movement.
Physiotherapists are allied-health professionals, who have undergone extensive University training in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. They enjoy a close association with medical practitioners.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists have undergone additional intensive training concentrating on the joints of the spine and limbs. They are taught safe manipulation skills which are used sparingly as appropriate.
Treatment is usually a pleasant experience and includes joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, electrotherapy, heat modalities, exercise prescription, postural advice and patient education.
It is expected that once treatment commences then improvement should follow quickly if physiotherapy is likely to cure the complaint. If this is not the case then alternative management will be readily discussed.
Whilst the primary aim of treatment is to relieve pain and restore movement, it is imperative that a proper understanding of the cause of the problem be established so that strategies can be employed to prevent or minimise the likelihood of recurrence.