Physiotherapy is one of the largest healthcare professions in Australia. All the physiotherapists at Physiotas are University trained and many have undergone post-graduate training. Private Practice Physiotherapists assess, treat and rehabilitate a variety of injuries and problems; most commonly spinal, joint, muscle and bone injuries. Treatment may include – but is not limited to – ‘hands on’ mobilisation or manipulation and massage for pain relief and for improving movement and mobility, postural correction, exercise prescription, and patient education – all in order to help you achieve full recovery.
Anyone can make an appointment with a physiotherapist at Physiotas. A referral from a GP or specialist is only necessary for MAIB, DVA, EPC or Workers Compensation patients.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists have expertise in the assessment and treatment of muscle, bone and joint problems, especially spinal problems. Our musculoskeletal physiotherapists will use advanced assessment and clinical reasoning approaches based on the latest high quality research to decrease and eliminate your pain. Treatments may include;
- Hands on joint mobilisation/manipulation
- Muscle strengthening
- Postural assessment and correction
- Massage and soft tissue release techniques
- Trigger Point release
- Exercise Prescription
- Muscle and Nerve mobilisation (neurodynamics)
Physiotas has a high level of experience and expertise in dealing with sporting injuries. Our Physiotherapists understand the demands of various sports and of their common injury patterns. This enables us to not only professionally diagnose and treat your injury, but to also rehabilitate and prepare you for a quick return to your chosen sport.
Each sport commonly has its own injury profile depending on the nature of the activity (eg. Running = tendon injuries, stress fractures; Basketball = ankle sprains, knee injuries, fingers; Football = knee injuries, shoulder injuries, hamstring strains, etc) but common injuries include
- Muscle injuries
- Ankle sprains
- Knee ligament injuries
- Patellofemoral pain
- Hip and groin pain
- Achilles and patella tendinopathies
- Shoulder dislocations
The team at Physiotas have had extensive experience treating athletes at a state, national and international level. Whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete our physiotherapists possess the skills and knowledge to provide you with the best advice and rehabilitation for a quick and complete recovery. As well as sport injury management, we also conduct athletic screenings, running gait analysis and develop exercise programs for strength and performance enhancement.
Exercise is one of the most common tools that your physiotherapist may use to help you achieve your goals. The exercises your physiotherapist chooses for you will be based on their expert knowledge of human anatomy and the beneficial effect of exercise on your body’s repair systems.
Just as a Doctor prescribes a particular dose of medicine, a physiotherapist will prescribe the right exercise program to get you moving better and feeling better.
Physiotas have specific physiotherapists that have undergone detailed extra training in dry needling for all types of musculoskeletal injuries. Dry Needling has been shown to decrease pain, increase movement in joints and helps to manage certain chronic conditions.
Dry Needling is rarely painful with most patients reporting the treatment to be quite relaxing. It can be used to help in the treatment of acute and chronic pain, neck pain, tension headaches, muscle tightness, shoulder and elbow pain.
Hydrotherapy or Aquatic Physiotherapy provides a relaxing and supportive environment that enables people with pain, post-surgery conditions, arthritis and mobility issues, to participate in supervised physical activity and functional rehabilitation. Flotation and the subsequent increase in buoyancy often enhances the effectiveness of exercising the spine, hips, knees and feet. The warmth and buoyancy of a water environment can be used to:
- Reduce pain
- Gradually progress weight bearing
- Promote muscle relaxation
- Increase range, movement and flexibility
- Increase strength and endurance
- Improve core stability and balance reactions
Before attending an Aquatic Physiotherapy group, patients need to make an appointment so that one of our Physiotherapists can prepare a customised Aquatic Physio program to suit their condition.
Pelvic Floor Care
A physiotherapist is involved in assessing movement dysfunctions of the body specifically related to joints and muscles. A pelvic floor physiotherapy assessment thus focusses on the pelvis and very specifically requires a clear understanding of the pelvic floor muscle function. Pelvic floor muscles are deep in the pelvis, so to be able to confidently identify dysfunction requires a digital vaginal examination or digital rectal examination. This is carried out by a physiotherapist who has done post-graduate study and accompanies a very detailed gathering of subjective information around presenting symptoms.
So, there are a wide variety of symptoms that may indicate a pelvic floor physiotherapy assessment: urinary incontinence, bladder dysfunctions, faecal incontinence, difficulty emptying bowels, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, pain with sexual intercourse.
The initial extended visit will determine the direction of the intervention which may include: strengthening or down training of the pelvic floor muscles, fitting a vaginal support pessary, using internal or external electrical stimulation, advice re current general exercise regime appropriateness, rectal sensory biofeedback retraining, bladder retraining.
Pre/Post Natal Care
During the ante and post-natal period it is common for women to develop musculoskeletal pain, including: neck pain, low back pain and pelvic pain. Our Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologist can help you with this through providing safe treatments and exercise regimes.
In addition to this we also offer Clinical Pilates which is a safe mode of exercise during the Ante/Post Natal period for most. Exercise has been shown to have a number of benefits during this time including; assisting with low back and pelvic pain, decreases the risk of incontinence, decreases stress, and improves posture, health and fitness. Clinical Pilates is a safe and effective way to get you exercising and can help your body cope with the changes occurring throughout and after your pregnancy.
Chronic Pain Management
Pain is the primary reason why people seek healthcare. If untreated, pain can lead to depression, sleeping disorders, immune suppression, cognitive impairment and other negative effects, affecting an individual’s relationships with friends, work colleagues and family.
Physiotas has physiotherapists who have specialised knowledge and experience in the field of chronic pain management and offer a service based on a biopsychosocial approach. This includes a pain education seminar helping patients to recognise what influences drive their pain, and teaching valuable strategies to help control their pain and improve their quality of life.
We understand that not all clients are able to easily travel to our clinical locations and this can make accessing physiotherapy services difficult. Physiotas offers a home visit service in which our physiotherapists are able to provide the same excellent care provided in clinic in the comfort of your home. We are able to accurately assess and provide an appropriate and safe management plan tailored to you. Please contact us for further information.
For those people diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease including emphysema (COPD), bronchiectasis, Cystic Fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma or those recovering from an acute lung illness such as pneumonia, respiratory physiotherapy provides the opportunity to better understand and manage your condition to maintain the quality of life you wish to lead. Learning how to “keep your lungs free from phlegm”, “reducing your coughing” and “improving your breathlessness in day to day life” are some of the outcomes you can expect.
Working in conjunction with your GP, respiratory specialists in Launceston and Burnie, and other relevant allied health professionals we strive to provide a comprehensive and integrated service for your care. Appointments available in Port Sorell and Ulverstone
Headaches are often a by-product of muscle tightness and joint stiffness through the cervical (neck) area. This can be due to a multitude of factors; most commonly, headaches will be caused by; stress, jaw dysfunction, muscle tightness, workstation set-up (for office workers), postural issues, or injuries like whiplash. Our physiotherapists will use their experience to accurately identify the source of your headache or neck ache and treat it accordingly, along with giving you techniques you can use at home to keep headaches at bay.
As well as general Physiotherapy care, our Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists can formally assess your balance and strength and identify specific exercises and strategies that will reduce your chance of falling. We offer individual sessions together with the option to be included in our regular classes where exercise programmes are individually designed to decrease your chance of falling and improve your balance.
We also provide Physiotherapy services at a number of local aged care facilities.
Our Physiotas Physiotherapists are the best people to find you the right equipment for your everyday injury prevention use or for your rehabilitation. Whether it be a pillow, knee brace, walking frame, or an orthotic for your shoe, our physiotherapists can help you find the right aide or piece of equipment for you and to help you fit it and use it properly to maximise it’s effectiveness.
Our Physiotas Physiotherapists offer a range of other services that can help you such as paediatric physiotherapy, post operation rehabilitation, Pilates, just to name a few! To find out if we can help you just call or contact your local Physiotas clinic.