Physiotherapy utilizes a number of skills in order to assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent disease and disability through physical means. Being experts in movement and function physiotherapists work together with their patients to assist them overcome movement disorders, whether these are present from birth, or acquired through accident or injury, or a result of the aging process.
Physiotherapy can promote 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. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities, and general health.
Although a large part of physiotherapy is about treating injuries, physiotherapists are also skilled in health promotion, managing chronic illnesses and putting plans and programs into place to help prevent future risk of illness or injury.
Physiotherapists are primary contact practitioners, meaning you do not need a referral to attend a physiotherapy practice. Having said that, physiotherapists often work in conjunction with doctors and other health professionals as part of a team to help plan and manage the treatment of certain conditions. In this case there may be eligibility for Medicare rebates for a specified number of visits as part of an Enhance Primary Care (EPC) program with referral from your GP.
What treatment do physiotherapists use?
There are multiple facets to physiotherapy with different specialty areas including: musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and neurological physiotherapy. Different treatment techniques which may be utilised include:
- Exercise programs to help improve strength, mobility, and motor control
- Soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Prescription and assistance of gait aids (walking sticks, crutches, etc) and splints
- Breathing exercises and airway clearance techniques
What conditions do physiotherapists treat?
Physiotherapists treat a wide variety of conditions. These include but aren’t limited to:
- Spinal conditions (e.g. back and neck pain)
- Jaw pain
- Sporting injuries (e.g. ankle sprains, knee injuries)
- Overuse injuries (e.g. RSI, tennis elbow)
- Rehabilitation following surgery (e.g. rotator cuff repairs, knee reconstructions, joint replacements)
About our physiotherapist
Daniel Smit is our resident physiotherapist at Ranges Complete Health. He has completed a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Melbourne equipping him with a strong skill set and evidence based practice. What sets Daniel apart from most other physiotherapists is his dual qualification in not only physiotherapy but also Chinese medicine degree (acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) acquired from the RMIT University which included a clinical internship in Nanjing, China. This allows a wider and often more holistic approach to treatment, having a larger toolbox to select his treatment techniques from means that a treatment can truly be individualised to the specific needs of the patient.
Having grown up in the Dandenong Ranges Daniel is excited to be able to offer his unique premier service to the Yarra Ranges, Upwey and surrounding suburbs.