Alternative Medicine & Wellbeing, Physiotherapists
It is estimated that Australians spend over one billion dollars annually on alternative and complementary medicine. Both here and overseas, the market appears to be growing at around 30% each year. Alternative medical practitioners may include naturopaths, chiropractors, osteopaths, kinesiologists and reflexologists.
In Australia we are lucky to have a health care system called Medicare that helps to pay for our medical costs. Basic access to health providers such as our local doctor or GP and basic hospital and surgery access are funded under this scheme. Other health programs such as immunisation programs for children, the pharmaceutical benefit scheme and the teen dental health plan are also part of the Medicare service. Depending on which doctor we go to and what our requirements are will determine whether Medicare pays all or part of the cost of our visit.
You may visit a physiotherapist for a variety of reasons, both preventative and therapeutic. The number of appointments you require with the physiotherapist will usually depend on the severity of your injury and the progress of your recovery.
Physiotherapists see patients for a number of reasons, usually to provide treatment for muscular conditions affecting movement or causing pain and discomfort. How do you choose a physiotherapist? Is there one better suited to treat you than another? If you are looking for a physiotherapist, we suggest that you consider the following five things before choosing a physio to treat your condition.
With our busy lifestyle we are often so intent on getting the job done, or getting from here to there as quickly as possible, that we forget about keeping a good posture. Our posture is the way we hold our body upright against gravity and indicates to the world whether we are confident, alert and healthy.
At some stage in our lives we will probably need to see a health professional to treat and help us manage a muscular injury such as back or neck pain, headache or sport injuries. When faced with such an injury we want to be confident that we can choose a health professional that is right for us, who can effectively relieve our discomfort and create a plan to manage the injury and let us get on with our busy lives. Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Chiropractic therapies are popular treatments for musculoskeletal pain and injury and it can be a difficult decision choosing which one is right for you. Each individual’s needs differ, so your choice will be based upon your knowledge of the practice, your preference and also the type of injury involved.
Physiotherapists are health care professionals who use massage and manipulation to promote health and well-being. They are found in private practice, in hospitals, in medical centres and sports clinics. They may work alone or in collaboration with doctors or other health care providers. Physiotherapists not only treat the pain or injury but find out the cause and where possible, advise on how to prevent it happening again. What problems can a physiotherapist help with?
Physiotherapists are movement specialists. People visit a physiotherapist for assessment and treatment of muscular injuries such as back pain, sporting injuries and other physical conditions. Does physiotherapy work?
Physiotherapy is a health treatment which aims to restore movement in those suffering muscular injuries or disorders, using natural methods such as massage and exercise. If you are visiting a physiotherapist, what should you expect from the appointment?