Understanding Physiotherapy

Understanding Physiotherapy

18 August 2020
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog

There are some injuries, diseases or disabilities that may leave you requiring pain management, massage, movement help, advice and education on improving the quality of your life, exercise, manual therapy, stiffness reduction, rehabilitation, etc. You may be required to visit a physiotherapy clinic to get the help you need. Here is further insight into physiotherapy. 

Who Is a Physiotherapist?

They are specialists with vast knowledge and experience on a person's anatomy and physiology, meaning that they can professionally administer the treatments mentioned above.


You should know that for a physiotherapist to offer their services, they must be registered under a regulatory board. For example, in Australia, physiotherapists are required to be registered under the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency abbreviated as AHPRA. This is an essential requirement because it ensures you are not placed in the hands of an unqualified physiotherapist. Therefore, it is always important to check whether the physiotherapy you are visiting is registered. If a physiotherapist is found practising physiotherapy while unregistered, they could serve jail time or incur a penalty. Registration also ensures that the physiotherapist advances their knowledge by either attending new courses or seminars related to their field of practice.

Types of Injuries, Diseases and Disabilities That Might Require the Services of a Physiotherapist

Injuries or illnesses that affect your neural musculoskeletal system, which can include sports injuries, back pain, accident injuries, disorders from whiplash, arthritis, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis, stroke, etc. You might also require a physiotherapist to help you after you experience a heart attack. The service you get is known as cardiac rehabilitation, which mainly involves exercising, taking heart-healthy diets, education and advice about lifestyle changes, emotional support, etc.

You can also receive treatment, education and advise if you have problems with your lungs and your breathing. Conditions that can cause such problems include cystic fibrosis, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

It is important to note that you may come across different physiotherapists who specialise in different fields. For example, you might come across one physiotherapist specialising in respiratory physiotherapy, a second in neural musculoskeletal physiotherapy and a third in cardiac physiotherapy.

Physiotherapy for Children

Physiotherapy on children is carried out by a physiotherapist known as a paediatric physiotherapist. This indicates that a standard physiotherapist who treats adults or older people may not be necessarily qualified to treat children. Ensure that you find the right physiotherapist depending on your age. 

For more insight, contact a local physiotherapy clinic.