What is Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a holistic approach to the prevention, diagnosis and therapeutic management of disorders of human movement to enhance the health and welfare of the community. The practice of physiotherapy encompasses a diversity of clinical specialities to meet the unique needs of different client groups. Physiotherapy is an autonomous profession.

Physiotherapy assists people with movement disorders which may have been present from birth or have been acquired through accidents, injury or postural imbalance. Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques to help your muscles and joints work to their full potential and to help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness.

Physiotherapy has a vital role in the rehabilitation of both acute and chronic conditions-virtually any problem that affects your muscles,joints or nerves can be helped by physiotherapy. Additionally, physiotherapists don't just offer treatment; their advice can help you prevent problems from reoccurring or even from happening in the first place.

Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who maintain,restore and improve quality of life for patients through evidence-based practice. The role of the physiotherapist extends into the promotion of health, wellness and fitness through risk factor identification and the implementation of services to reduce risk, prevent functional decline and avoid prolonged disability (APTA 2011).  

What does treatment involve?

Before any action is taken your physiotherapist will assess your condition, diagnose the problem and help you understand what's wrong. Your physiotherapist will work with you to develop a holistic treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle, leisure activities, occupational demands and general health. This will include advice on how you can help yourself and where appropriate, advise parents/carers how they can help.

Doctor's/Medical referrals are not necessary to attend physiotherapy unless treatment is for injuries sustained at work (workers compensation) or through motor vehicle incidences/crashes (SGIC).

Provided you are eligible, you can be referred by your GP for up to 5 treatments paid for by medicare under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. You will need to consult your GP to check your eligbility for EPC's.

Veteran's Affairs patients (DVA) also require a doctor'sreferral.

Rebates from private health funds are claimable for physiotherapy, with rebate amounts dependant upon your level of cover and your individual fund. Please consult your health fund to determine your level of cover and rebate amounts.

We have HICAPS available to/which enable you to claim your rebate on the spot, leaving only your gap to be paid. All that is required is for you to bring your health fund card to each appointment. 

Bayswater Physiotherapy offers a variety of services and treatments including:

Spinal/Manipulative Physiotherapy

The Therapists at Bayswater Physio will thoroughly assess the underlying causes of your back and/or neck pain and devise a treatment strategy to help you tackle this common and often extremely debiltating problem. Our physios use a "hands on" approach to treatment and all have extensive undergraduate and post graduate training to utilise the latest research and provide the client with the most appropriate treatment techniques and rehab. activities.

Sports Physiotherapy

Bayswater Physio has been an ongoing supporter of many sporting teams in the local area including AFL, Soccer, Cricket, Netball, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Tennis and Cheerleading. Our Therapists  can assess the underlying cause of any acute or chronic sports injuries to help assist you to get back on the field or court sooner. Our ability to refer quickly and efficiently for any appropriate investigations (Xrays, MRI etc) can assist with a prompt diagnosis for any significant injuries which may require further medical evaluation.

Workers Comp/Motor Vehicle Accident

Work Related and Motor vehicle accidents can be the cause of very significant and life changing injuries. Our Therapists at Bayswater Physio have a wealth of experience with this category of injuries and are able to guide you through this difficult time from early post injury care, right through to the late rehab. stages. A doctor's referral is required and for accepted claims we can normally bill your insurers directly saving you time and hassle.

Arthritis care

The Therapists at Bayswater Physio can assist you to manage all different types of arthritic conditions to help you maintain optimal joint function.

Headache and Migraine management

The Therapists at Bayswater Physio are trained to recognise and treat headaches or migraines that may be associated with dysfunction within the cervical spine joints (neck) or associated soft tissue. They can also formulate a programme to help you manage this problem in the future.

Post-surgical rehabilitation

The Therapists at Bayswater Physio have many years experience in dealing with post orthopaedic surgical clients. We will commonly see many different conditions including Total Knee Replacement (TKR), Total Hip Replacement (THR), Rotator Cuff Repairs, ACL Reconstructions, Patellar Realignment Surgery, Upper Limb and Lower Limb Fractures, Joint Arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) and many other different procedures. We will liase closely with your surgeon to ensure the best possible outcome following your surgery.

Exericise-rehab/Gym Programs

The Therapists at Bayswater Physio can assist with appropriate fitness or rehab. programmes whether it be post injury or surgery, preventative or for general fitness or weight loss. For those clients who have suffered a work or motor vehicle related injury this may be able to be covered through your insurer.

Veterans' Affairs

Our Therapists are all able to treat those clients covered by The Department of Veteran's Affairs with a valid doctors referral. This can be billed directly to Medicare.

Home Consultations

We can assist with home consultations if required. Extra charges do apply. 

Clinical Pilates & Functional Exercise Programs

We are pleased to announce that we now have a dedicated Clinical Pilates and Functional Exercise studio within our Practice. Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise focussing on training your postural and stability muscles. It can improve strength, flexibility, breathing and co-ordination and give you confidence to know how to move efficiently with the least amount of stress on your body.

Our Physiotherapists have undergone extensive training to be able to utilise Clinical Pilates as part of their treatment and rehabilitation process. The 1 on 1 or small group sessions may be suitable for any of the following conditions:-

  • Persistent or recurrent spinal or upper and lower limb injuries
  • Post-operative Rehabilitation
  • Acute or Chronic Sporting Injuries
  • Strength and Balance Impairments
  • Return to work programs
  • Injury Prevention

Prior to commencing a program all new participants are required to have an initial (30min) assessment with a qualified Physiotherapist followed by a minimum of two (30mins each) program development sessions. These sessions are used to complete a full musculoskeletal and postural assessment, develop your individualised programme and teach you the specific exercises related to achieving your goals

*PRIVATE HEALTH FUND REBATES APPLY FOR FUND MEMBERS

If you would like further information please talk to your treating physiotherapist

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Both headaches and migraines are a surprisingly common problem affecting people of all ages. What makes migraines in particular so difficult to treat is the numerous ‘triggers’ that may initiate the migraine. These differ greatly from person to person and even from day to day – what triggers a migraine or headache one day may have no effect the next.

Some common triggers of migraine include: stress, hormonal fluctuation, weather changes, food and food additives, odours, light, medications, physical activity, caffeine and nicotine as well as changes in sleeping habits and even hunger. Other causes for recurrent headaches can be traced to dysfunction of cervical spine (neck), the temperomandibular (jaw) joint, sinuses and even visual deficiency.

The role of a physiotherapist is to work in conjunction with your doctor in determining a possible trigger of such attacks and modifying your lifestyle to eliminate or reduce your exposure to such triggers. Many headaches and migraines respond exceptionally well to manual treatment of the joints and muscles of the neck. Physiotherapy may include joint and manipulation or mobilisation (a more gentle means of loosening the vertebral joints) deep tissue massage and various forms of heat therapy.

Perhaps more importantly your physiotherapist will give you exercises and advice to reduce any excessive strain placed on the neck during the occurs of your day – yeas, that means advice on your posture whether it be how you hold your spine while you sit, sleep, stand or work. Ideally, we want to give you the knowledge and power to control your own headaches.

It is also important to remember that although many headaches respond very well to physiotherapy on the neck and upper back. This may not be the cause of the problems. Many of the triggers mentioned above are also responsible for tightening the muscle and joints of the neck and across the back of your shoulders. Unless you find your particular trigger (or triggers) you invariably end up treating the symptoms and not the cause of the problem.

The following symptoms may indicate that your headaches are originating from your neck:

  • Pain radiating from the back to the front of your head
  • Headache brought on or worsened by neck movement or by sustained neck postures
  • Headache with dizziness or light-headedness
  • Headaches that regularly affect the one side of your head or face
  • Headaches that are eased by pressure to the base of the skull


 

A sprained ankle involves damage to both ligaments and nerve fibres. With any injury an inflammatory response occurs at the injury site. Swelling in the area impedes repair and healing, therefore immediate treatment of any soft tissue injury is to minimise swelling and bleeding.

ACUTE STAGE - Immediate to 48 hours

R.I.C.E.R.

  • R – Rest. If weight bearing is painful, use crutches
  • I – Ice. Remove shoes and socks and apply ice in a moistened towel to the injury site for 15 to 20 minutes, repeating every 2 hours.
  • C – Compression. Using an elastic bandage. Compress the foot ankle and lower calf.
  • E – Elevate. Ideally it is best to raise to foot higher than the heart.
  • R – Referral. Refer the injured player on to a physiotherapist or doctor.

After the ‘Acute Stage’ treatment involves increasing the range of movement of the joint and regaining strength and co-ordination.

Progression should be gradual using non-weight bearing exercises, partial weight bearing exercises and then to gentle full weight bearing exercises. Movement should then become more functional until light training is possible.

When ligaments are torn, nerve ending which are important to the co-ordination and balance of the ankle joint are also damaged. Balancing exercises are therefore necessary in the definitive treatment.

Together all the exercises aim to increase strength, mobility and co-ordination and will help PREVENT further injury to the joint.

Remember that proprioception (co-ordination) and balance take longer to recover than strength and mobility so balancing exercises should be persisted with for several months.

 
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