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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is part of the allied health profession who are experts in the structure of the human body and its movement. In the private practice setting, physiotherapist work with people of all ages who are affected by myo-skeletal injury, pain or disability. Physiotherapists offer relief care to aid in restoring movement and function through soft tissue therapy and using exercise programs to improve mobility and strengthen the muscles. They offer techniques such as soft tissue release, trigger point therapy, acupuncture or dry needling and exercise/rehab prescription (1, 2)

Physiotherapists can assist with:

  • Post operative care and rehabilitation following joint or back surgery
  • Ligament/tendon sprains or ruptures
  • Sporting related acute injuries of children and adults
  •  DVA, Medicare and Workcover injuries referred via your GP
  • Acute or chronic back, neck and/or joint pain
  • Recovery from fractures or broken bones
  • Vertigo or cervicogenic headaches

Our Physiotherapist at Bodycode Integrative Wellbeing is experienced and highly skilled in the diagnosis of complaints and can treat all musculoskeletal presentations from acute low back pain to shoulder injuries. Most health insurance plans cover part of your Physiotherapy appointment but please check with your health fund prior to your appointment. Physiotherapists can also receive referrals via your GP under the EPC Scheme (Medicare) for chronic conditions, DVA and Workcover.

How can Physiotherapy benefit you?

Physiotherapy has been proven in research to assist in the management of musculoskeletal pain and injury and additionally in the rehabilitation of your post operative period. Physiotherapists can also assist in the pre-habilitation  of your complaint prior to surgery which may improve your surgical outcome, for example with knee replacement surgery (3)

  • Reducing stiffness in your joints
  • Increasing mobility and flexibility
  • Facilitation the repair of tissue damage in acute injury
  • Pain management and reduction in the prescription of oral opioid analgesic therapy
  • Improved recovery from injury or trauma
  • Rehabilitation of conditions such as vertigo or balance related problems
  • Pelvic Floor rehabilitation

Should I see a Chiropractor or a Physiotherapist?

This is often a very difficult question to answer because we are all different and when it comes to general spinal pain and headaches, this is certainly a good question to ask. Some people like the experience of spinal manipulation of Chiropractic and may find soft tissue therapy too painful and others fear spinal manipulation and get the most release from soft tissue therapy. Chiropractors are also not trained in immediate post operative care, so these clients are often best to see a Physiotherapist. If you’re unsure who you would like to see, please email admin@bodycodewellbeing and our practice manager will email you back to arrange a time to talk about your complaint and find the right practitioner for you.

At Bodycode Integrative Wellbeing our Chiropractors and Physiotherapist work closely together and sometimes it can be advised that you receive both chiropractic and physiotherapy to gain the best results. Although both Physiotherapist and Chiropractors work very differently, they have a common goal to reduce pain, restore function and prevent recurrence of your complaint. Your body works as a complete unit so for example if you have an ankle ligament injury, you may want to see the physiotherapist for management of this but because your altered gait is causing low back pain, you may want to see the Chiropractor to manage this aspect.

We also believe that you can’t work alone all the time as a practitioner and having a second opinion from another practitioner may also be beneficial, especially If your complaint is not recovering as you expect or anticipate.

The Chiropractors and Physiotherapist at Bodycode Integrative Wellbeing are selected with careful intention that they will work together and reach the best outcomes together for our clients

What is the difference between Clinical Pilates and Pilates?

Clinical Pilates and Pilates are both the same type of training however with Clinical Pilates, they are instructed by an allied health practitioner such as exercises physiologist, physiotherapist or chiropractor who hold a Bachelor of Science in their field. This means it just adds the additional element of clinical knowledge to the exercises.

For example, if you present with an acute lumbar disc herniation with radicular pain down your leg, it is advisable that you use the Clinical Pilates session to incorporate Physiotherapy principles into your program along with possible injury-based physiotherapy treatments.

However, if you just have a little bit of a hip flexor niggle or a mild knee flare up, our normal Pilates class will be perfect for you and we also offer one-to-one Pilates with our experience Pilates instructors. To find out more, please click the link below:

References

  1. www.healthdirect.gov.au/physiotherapy
  2. www.choose.physio/what-is-physio; Australian Physiotherapy Association
  3. Clode N, Perry M, Wulff L, ‘ Does physiotherapy prehabilitation improve pre surgical outcomes and influence patient expectations prior to knee and hip joint arthroplasty’, Internalt Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma Nursing, 2018 Aug; 30: 14-19
  4. Dermansky, M ‘Demystifying Pilates:what is the difference between Pilates and Clinical Pilates?, Jun, 2013 www.mdhealth.com.au/clinical -pilates-vs-pilates-what-is-the-difference/
  5. Physiopedia ‘ Category:women’s health’ www.physio-pedia.com/Category:Womens_Health

Booking with Us
If you would like to book an appointment with us, just click the book appointment link or call/text 09 273 3051.