What Does A Physiotherapist Do?

If you’ve ever wondered what a physiotherapist does, you’re not alone. I get asked this question all the time, and it’s actually a pretty difficult question to answer succinctly. So let’s take a more in-depth look at what physiotherapists do and how they can help you.  Hopefully, by the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of what physiotherapy is and how it can benefit you.

Stretch And Strengthen

Sports physio Perth has the knowledge and skills to stretch and strengthen your body safely and effectively. They can help you improve your flexibility, balance, strength, coordination, posture, and overall fitness. 

This is essential for those who are recovering from an injury or surgery (e.g. after total hip replacement) or those who want to prevent injury in the future (e.g., if you are planning on a long walk with friends).

Reduce Pain

Pain is never fun! A physiotherapist can help you reduce pain by identifying the cause of your pain and treating it accordingly. For example, if you are experiencing back pain, a physiotherapist will often prescribe exercises that target the muscles around the back to relieve pressure off of the spine itself. 

If you have arthritis in your knees, a physiotherapist may prescribe exercises that focus on improving knee stability so that walking becomes easier for you as well as strengthening your leg muscles to take some of the load off of the joints themselves.

Prevent Injuries From Happening Again

If you have had an injury before, a physiotherapist can help you prevent it from happening again by teaching you how to move more safely or by helping you develop better strength in certain areas of your body that may be putting too much strain on one particular area (see #2 above). For example, if you have had knee injuries before or just feel like they may happen again in the future due to extra strain on them when walking or running (or even just standing), a physiotherapist may recommend specific exercises that target these areas specifically so they don’t become injured again at all! 

Or if someone has had shoulder injuries before, they might need strengthening exercises targeted at their shoulders specifically so they don’t become injured again either! It’s all about reducing risk factors for re-injury!

Improve Your Quality of Life

A physiotherapist can help you improve your quality of life by helping you get back to doing the things you love to do! 

For example, if you have arthritis in your knees and are having difficulty walking or climbing stairs, a physiotherapist may recommend specific exercises that will strengthen your legs so that they can carry more weight and take some of the load off of the joints themselves. 

Or if you have an injury to your shoulder (e.g., rotator cuff injury) , a physiotherapist may recommend specific exercises that target this area specifically so that it doesn’t become injured again either! 

Whatever your concern is, a physiotherapist can help you improve your quality of life by giving you the tools to live with less pain or discomfort and/or get back to doing what you love to do!