Physiotherapy (also Physical Therapy as referred to by the WCPT) is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising physical potential. It is concerned with identifying and maximising quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habitation and rehabilitation. It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking into account variations in health status. It is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery. The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.1

Physiotherapists are highly trained health professionals who provide treatment for people suffering from physical problems arising from injury, disease, illness and ageing. Their aim is to improve a person’s quality of life by using a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and restore function or, in the case of permanent injury or disease, to lessen the effects of any dysfunction.2

Our Physios are experienced in the treatment of all muscle and joint pains, including back pain, sciatica, whiplash, knee pain and shoulder pain. Physio-wellness treatment options are developed and customised to suit the patient, including those recovering from surgery or injury, enabling quick recovery and a return to normal activities. At Physio-wellness, physios are trained to ensure every patient receives the right exercise program and they will support you to learn and carry out the program to make sure you get the most from your treatment.

Exercise Therapy:
Our Physiotherapists, after diagnosis, will recommend movement and exercise to help improve your mobility and function. Exercise therapy include:
• Exercises that are designed to improve movement and strength for a specific part of your body – these usually need to be repeated regularly for a given period of time recommended by the physio
• Activities that involve moving your whole body, such as walking or swimming – these can help if you’re recovering from an operation or injury that affects your mobility
• Advice and exercises to help you increase or maintain your physical activity – advice will be given on the importance of keeping active, and how to do this in a safe, effective way
• Providing mobility aids – such as crutches or a walking stick to help you move around

Exercise Types

Stretching exercises

      1. Physios will advise you stretching exercises in order to improve flexibility. The intention is to pull away the origin and insertion of the muscle that is causing the pain and also stretch it. These exercises can be effective only when the physios align the segments of the body involved, by correcting the muscle imbalances or compensations. Physios may also advise you to exhale well to help the muscle relax and thus minimize its resistance. The stretching patternss are maintained for a long time and for a small number of repetitions.

Strengthening exercises

      1. Strengthening exercises are very important to improve strength, endurance or muscle power. Such exercises can be addressed to two different types of muscles: mobilizing muscles or stabilizers. Strengthening can be done without a load (hands free) or using dumbbells, elastic bands, pulley systems, your own body weight, etc.

Proprioception exercises

      1. Proprioception exercises are indicated when there is a decreasing ability to know where the body is in space (position) or how the body moves in space (movement). For example, the practice of balance on one leg improves the sense of position of the lower limb. An exercise where you have to draw the letters of the alphabet with the end of the trained limb could be recommended to improve the direction of movement.

Functional exercises

      1. Functional exercises are prescribed to practice an everyday life movement which is difficult after your injury. If indicated, the physiotherapist may ask you to practice a specific movement that you perform at work, at home or in your sport.

Cardio-vascular exercises

    1. Cardio-vascular exercises, such as stationary biking, walking, running, elliptical and swimming, are indicated to regain your previous level of effort. Yoga is also an activity that leads to cardiovascular health, as well as flexibility, strength, mobility and proprioception.

Physio-wellness has a team of well-trained physiotherapists who offer physiotherapy treatment to individuals of all ages suffering from aches and pain.