What is a Physiotherapist?
Physiotherapist is a primary health care professional dedicated to evaluating, restoring and enhancing physical function and independence. Physiotherapists are committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Using highly-specialised knowledge of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones of your body along with a thorough understanding of how they all work together, physiotherapists use hands-on techniques to help you to reduce pain, move more easily, get stronger, breathe easier, prevent injury, and stay fit. Physiotherapists are also highly educated in cardiac, respiratory, and neurological rehabilitation. Physiotherapists can practice without a doctor’s supervision or referral. Physio’s undertake related professional activities such as research, teaching, administration, and consultation.
When would you see a physio?
Anyone can benefit from physiotherapy, whether you are living with pain or a chronic illness, recovering from a stroke or cardiac event, dealing with workplace injury, or aching after a weekend of increased physical activity. A physiotherapist can empower and help you take control of your health. A physiotherapist can provide you with the tools that will give you the freedom to function in your home or at your workplace, or while taking part in your favourite leisure activity. Physiotherapists offer a range of services to people:
Of all ages and all abilities
Who have heart and lung disease, amputations, arthritic joints, and burns
Who have experienced traumatic workplace, athletic injuries, or motor vehicle accident injuries
Who have suffered stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and nerve injury
Who have pre and post surgical needs, pregnancy needs
Who experience ongoing pain
Who want to prevent injury, disease, or illness
Who want to function with greater ease.
What type of treatments will I receive?
At Total Body Physio our physiotherapists are experienced in massage, joint mobilisation, ultrasound, stretching and strengthening. Anytime your mobility and health are compromised your physiotherapist can help maximize your return to independent functioning. Treatment may include use of physiotherapy modalities, manual therapy, exercise prescription, gait assessment and prescription of walking aids, and education (of what to expect and how to modify aggravating activities while you are healing). Prompt attention to injuries or conditions will speed healing, recovery, and return to your normal activities. How long will each treatment take? Your initial consultation will take approximately an hour to complete. The physiotherapist will ask you all the relevant questions pertaining to your injury and any history involved, from here the therapist will then do a full physical examination to determine the cause of the injury. Once the diagnosis is known the treatment plan will be explained. Follow-up appointments may vary in length of time from 30 minutes to an hour.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Please bring all relevant medical notes, x-ray reports, ACC details with you. Also if necessary please ensure you have comfortable clothing to change into ie tee shirt, shorts. We do have gowns and shorts available for your convenience. You may also bring a support person with you to any of your appointments.
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
If You have a Doctors referral great bring that along with you to your Initial appointment. If you don't have a Doctors referral don't worry we can generate an ACC claim for you if you have has a recently injury.
What types of health insurance do you accept?
Total Body Physio is accredited as a Southern Cross Easy Claim provider. If you are a Southern Cross member, present your membership card, and we can claim on your behalf.
Payment is made after each consultation, either by eftpos or cash . Please contact us for an up to date list of charges.
What is your new patient procedure?
Book an appointment, this can be done online/phone call or email.
Bring all the relevant information you have ie x-rays, claim numbers, referral letters.
Your physiotherapist will ask you all the relevant questions pertaining to your injury and any history involved, from here the therapist will then do a physical examination to determine the cause of the injury. Once the diagnosis is known the treatment plan will be explained.