Physiotherapy can help you recover 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.

As first contact practitioners, a doctor’s referral is not necessary to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.

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 control 
  • airway clearance techniques and breathing exercises 
  • soft tissue mobilisation (massage) 
  • acupuncture 
  • hydrotherapy 
  • assistance with use of aids, splints, crutches, walking sticks and wheelchairs.