What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a health care profession that assists people with injuries, pain, stiffness, weakness and other movement problems. Physiotherapists are university trained and are experts in injury diagnosis, injury treatment, exercise prescription, injury prevention, rehabilitation and many other areas of sport and musculoskeletal health and fitness. Physiotherapists also have the expertise to assess the underlying causes of musculoskeletal injuries and provide effective, evidence-based treatment so you can resume your normal lifestyle as soon as possible, with the least likelihood of recurrence. Physiotherapists educate patients and teach them the skills required to take care of their bodies using various tools and methods.
Following a person’s injury, physiotherapists use a variety of treatment techniques to accelerate the body’s natural healing process and speed recovery. The techniques used for each individual are carefully selected by the treating physiotherapist, based on research, demonstrating maximum benefit for the particular condition.
All physiotherapists are university educated health practitioners, with entry to the profession being at either Bachelors or Masters Degree level. Many physiotherapists also undertake further qualifications at Masters or Doctoral level in specialist clinical areas.
When should I see a physiotherapist?
There are many instances when it is appropriate and beneficial to consult a physiotherapist. Some of these include:
- If you have sustained an injury
- If you have swelling, bruising or deformity of a body part
- If you are experiencing joint stiffness, pain or ache (particularly if your symptoms have persisted)
- If you are experiencing pins and needles or numbness
- If your limbs collapse or give way occasionally
- If you have postural problems
- If you need advice on improving strength, flexibility, balance or fitness
- If you need advice on injury prevention or other aspects of musculoskeletal health
- If you require treatment for an injury
- If you are planning a return to sport or activity following a prolonged period of inactivity
As a general rule, if you are unsure, it is always better to consult a professional rather than not seek advice.
How can physiotherapy help my injury?
Physiotherapy can ensure your injury is thoroughly assessed and diagnosed correctly. This is essential to ensure the correct treatment techniques are chosen for your condition. Physiotherapy treatment can hasten your body’s natural healing process.
Do I need a referral?
No, a referral is not needed to book an appointment with Leap Health, unless you wish to claim the injury through insurance as a workplace injury or motor vehicle accident.
Do I need to pay upfront?
When you have your appointment with Leap Health you will be required to pay for your appointment after your treatment.
How long are the consultations?
Our consultations vary between 30 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the treatment needed.
Do you have a female physiotherapist?
Yes, we have a number of female physiotherapists at Leap Health, working across our five practices.