Should I see a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Masseuse?
Chiropractors focus on manipulation of the spine or joints, but may not directly treat the muscular component of an injury or pain.
A Masseuse essentially does the opposite. They focus on releasing the tension in relevant muscles, but do not treat the skeletal component of an injury or pain.
A Physiotherapist is qualified to manipulate the spine, massage and release the tension in muscles, and has many other tools to address both the skeletal component and the muscular component of an injury.
Is a Doctor referral needed?
You do not require a referral to be seen by a physiotherapist.
However, a doctors referral is needed if you have a WorkCover claim, are looked after by the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) or are on an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program.
Can a Physiotherapist treat dizziness and vertigo?
Dizziness and vertigo have many causes. It can originate unexpectantly from an inner ear condition named 'Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo', or can be experienced following a rapid acceleration/deceleration injury to the neck, such as in a motor vehicle accident. Physiotherapy is able to assist in restoring normal function to the neck or inner ear resolving the symptoms of dizziness and vertigo with some often simple and unique techniques.
Do Physio's help with headaches?
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Check out the other pages titled 'Headaches' or 'Dean Watson Headaches' on this site for more information.
Do you treat respiratory conditions?
Physiotherapists use some simple techniques and strategies to assist the removal of mucus from blocking air passages.
Deep breathing, postural drainage, cupping and vibration are a few techniques used. Respiratory physio can help conditions such as Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Airway disease, Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchitis.
Do I need Physiotherapy following Orthopaedic Surgery?
Examples include total knee, hip or shoulder replacements, rotator cuff and arthroscopic surgeries.
Yes you do.
If you have one of the above mentioned surgeries and don't get the joint moving soon after, it will definitely 'stiffen-up' and you will not regain your maximal possible function.
Can I claim Physiotherapy on my private health fund?
'Hicaps' is available, this allows any patient with extras on their health fund package to claim on the spot.