What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy (or 'Physio') is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.

Physiotherapists uses manual therapies, exercise programs and electrotherapy techniques to treat musculoskeletal conditions (such as sports injuries, back pain or arthritis), neurological conditions (such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries) and cardio-thoracic conditions (such as astham, emphysema and chronic bronchitis).

Physios are experts in movement and function, working in partnership with their patients by assisting them to overcome movement disorders which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.

Physiotherapy  is covered on all HIF Extras Cover policies. 

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Barbera Peters posted at 11:35 PM 31-Jul-2017

This article is really great at explaining physiotherapy. You mention how is uses manual therapies, exercise, and electrotherapy to treat many conditions. I will have to keep that in mind next time I talk to someone with sports injuries or back pain. Thanks for the information.

Tyler Bond posted at 6:33 AM 31-Mar-2016

Physiotherapy is a really good method of medicine, and can be used to help a lot of people. I've never personally been to one, but my back is hurting right now and I don't know what to do. A couple of my friends have recommended these treatments, I guess I'll have to give it a try and figure things out for myself.

Katie Anderson posted at 3:48 AM 22-Mar-2016

I think working with a physiotherapist can really make a huge impact in your overall well being. Getting everything in your body fixed so that it can work properly, and then use preventative measures to make sure that everything stays well can be huge. Talk with a physiotherapist soon to see what you can be doing better, and how you can better treat your body. http://www.physicocityphysio.com.au/our-services/physiotherapy/

McCall Hazelson posted at 7:07 AM 17-Feb-2016

I think this is a great way to fix medical problems naturally. I don't like to think about operations, so I would try to do everything possible to not have to go through that kind of thing. I know my dad frequently visits a physiotherapist, I wonder what range of things they are able to fix, and help prevent.

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