Physiotherapy is about improving the way you function. Pain and Injury prevent you from functioning properly and can have devastating effects on your well-being. We diagnose and treat your injury or issues that you have and assist you in reaching goals and planning to improve your quality of life or performance.
The key to being a good physiotherapist is understanding your problems which means getting the diagnosis right on day one. We also need to understand the causes of your problem, the effects and the way it affects your day to day life. We will help you set goals and plan your treatment.
The key features of Performance 360’s Physiotherapy treatment plan include:
Manual Therapies which includes soft tissue releases, trigger point therapy, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, joint manipulations, nerve sliders, stretches, etc. All the fun stuff. This is designed to improve the way you move and the way you feel.
Exercise Therapy Programs should be the cornerstone of physiotherapy and are designed to get your body moving the way it should and then training it to keep it that way. This includes:
- Muscles activation which is great to assist healing and pain relief from day one of the injury. This includes isometric exercises.
- Muscle control exercises to get muscles working how they should. This includes identifying what in the whole chain of the body needs to work better to improve your functional goals. By getting other muscles and joints to work better we can take the pressure off the sore area.
- Strengthening, Hypertrophy (muscle building) and power training to make sure your body can cope with the demands you want to place on it and prevent injury happening again
Dry Needling is the use of acupuncture needles to reduce or sensitise your pain and assist with muscle compliance to assist recovery from exercise and improve function.
Pain-Inhibiting Therapies include heat and/or ice to assist you in recovering and allow your body to undergo the necessary adaptations to improve function.
Education – possibly the most beneficial component of physiotherapy is getting the right education. This includes understanding what you can and can’t do and why but also understanding the way the body works and how this problem has developed and the effects of it being there.
Sports physiotherapists are trained to understand the needs and demands of specific sports to ensure an appropriate return to play and/or training. If seeing one of our physios for a sports injury they will ensure they set realistic goals and expectations based on your injury and diagnosis. We will ensure that you:
- Are given a realistic goal and appropriate expectation on return to sport
- Assist in modifying your training so that you can do as much as possible without adversely affecting your injury
- We can show you how to tape or brace to prevent further injury
- Demonstrate methods to reduce the risk of future injury and improve athletic performance
Sport Specific Injury Prevention Screening
This involves our physiotherapists performing some measures which have been shown to indicate predictors of injury or poor performance in a specific sport.
From these measures, we give you a program to do to reduce the consequence of this deficiency and reduce your risk of injury and improve your athletic performance.
Sports We Currently Offer Screening For Include:
- Rugby Union
- Rugby League
- Australian Rules
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist is a mechanic for the human body. Being a university-trained medical professional, they use natural physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore your well-being so that you can perform and enjoy your chosen sport, work or everyday activities.
A physiotherapist’s university training includes a thorough study of the human body, particularly the muscle and joint system. It involves studying anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology, psychology, medical conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, exercises prescription and electrotherapy. Your physiotherapist will use their extensive knowledge of the human body and highly-trained skills to help restore your aching, stiff and dysfunctional muscles and joints back to health.
What sort of treatment do physiotherapists use?
Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand what’s wrong. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities, and general health.
The following are common treatment methods physiotherapists may use:
- exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
- joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- muscle re-education to improve function and control
- airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises
- soft tissue mobilisation (massage)
How much treatment will I need?
After assessing your body, your physiotherapist will discuss your treatment plan with you. No two injuries are ever the same.
Your treatment will include techniques and exercises to regain your:
- joint, ligament and soft tissue mobility
- muscle strength, power and speed
- balance and proprioception
- prevention tips
- performance improvement.
When can I return to sport?
Ultimately, your safe return to sport will be determined by your sports physiotherapist, doctor or surgeon.
They will take into consideration your tissue healing and how well you have progressed in your rehabilitation.
Returning to sport too early can delay healing and prolong recovery and pain.
Your physiotherapist will aim to speed up the process via some hands-on treatment techniques, exercises, electrical modalities, plus most importantly, strength and agility exercises to replicate your sport.
Sometimes bracing or taping may allow an early return to sport.
As a general rule, most soft tissue injuries and bone injuries will take at least six weeks for scar tissue to mature or your bone to strengthen. Therefore, caution is required and is best discussed with your sports physiotherapist, doctor and coach.
What will happen during my first appointment?
Your first appointment will generally take place in the treatment room. To begin with, your physiotherapist will ask you a series of questions about your medical history, previous injuries and your current symptoms. The physiotherapist will gather as much information as possible and then assess you so they can diagnose the problem and determine the best course of treatment. It’s important to remember that the best sort of treatment may not be hands on, it may in fact be a series of exercises or alterations to your workstation.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Any relevant forms, referrals and scans will need to be brought to your initial assessment. Upon booking, it would make your experience much more efficient if you can advise us if your treatment is being handled by insurance, you have a care plan from your doctor or if you are paying privately. Please ensure you wear comfortable clothing, suitable for active movement and exercise to your appointment.
How can I pay?
Payment for your consultation is required on the day and we offer a variety of payment methods including EFTPOS, Credit Card, eziDebit, and cash. Our Clinic Concierge team can assist you with any claims you may need to make for your health fund or an EPC Medicare rebate through the Clinic’s HICAPs terminal or we can provide you with a e-receipt for you to make your claim at a convenient time.
If you are being treated under WorkCover, CTP or another insurance case, please ensure you bring along with you all relevant documentation, including WorkCover Certificate, Insurance claim details, case manager details etc.
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