What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy addresses problems in the body with pain and/or movement. Physiotherapy is a science-based profession that uses evidence and clinical reasoning to optimise a person’s overall health and wellbeing. Physiotherapy uses a range of physical techniques to improve the body’s movement and quality-of-movement. The goal is to impact on a client’s quality of life.

LiveBig offers a range of flexible, NDIS funded physiotherapy support tailored to individual client needs and preferences.

What is a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists help people of all ages affected by disability, illness or injury. This is achieved through a comprehensive assessment of an individual client; reaching a diagnosis which will then guide intervention. This can include using multiple tools such as mobilisation, exercises, bracing/taping and/or advice.

Physiotherapists not only consider the physical movement exercises their clients undertake, but the whole person at every stage of diagnosis and treatment. At the core of the ‘whole person’ approach is the patient’s involvement in their own care. The client gains the most benefits from physiotherapy through awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

Is physiotherapy covered under the NDIS?

Yes. The NDIS funds a variety of therapy and allied health services for people living with disability, including physiotherapy.

Learn more on the NDIS website.

What does a physiotherapist do?

A physiotherapist provides education, advice and treatment for physical injuries and rehabilitation. Physiotherapists take into consideration everything about their client’s life, including lifestyle factors, to get the best possible outcomes in recovery.

A physiotherapist will mobilise joints, stretch muscles, release trigger points and provide clients with a self-management program.

What does physiotherapy help with?

A physiotherapist can help reduce the chance of future injury and treat ailments such as:

  • Sprains, strains, various injuries and recovery from broken bones
  • Post-surgery rehabilitation
  • Arthritis
  • Neck and headache.
  • Spinal pain.
  • Upper-limb (Shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand) conditions.
  • Lower-limb (Hip, knee, ankle & foot) conditions.
  • Developmental delays in children
  • Neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Why do people get physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can benefit people of any age who suffer from a variety of disabilities or injuries. From neurological disorders to sports injuries and car accidents, physiotherapy empowers people to strengthen their body and achieve their personal health goals through movement.

Clients with disability

At LiveBig, we have physiotherapists that work with people with a range of disabilities, including neurological disorders like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. These clients greatly benefit from physiotherapy treatment.

Physiotherapy interventions for neurological disorders focus on muscle control, regaining strength and defining fine and gross motor skills to improve daily functions. Physiotherapists generally visit and treat people with chronic health conditions in their homes.

Physiotherapy is particularly essential for children with cerebral palsy. Physiotherapy helps to improve postural control and teach children how to use assistive devices to maximise their functional independence. At LiveBig, an important part of our work is working with the family to reinforce our physiotherapists’ work with their child.

Injured clients

Orthopaedic clients, including people with sports injuries or those involved in car accidents, are the most common types of patients physiotherapists treat.

Normally in a clinical practice, physiotherapy treatment may involve therapeutic exercises to improve strength and endurance and enhance the client’s range of motion. Physiotherapists will likely treat these clients by mobilising joints, applying arrange of soft-tissue techniques and stretching any trigger points caused by the injury. The physiotherapist will also give the client exercises to do at home between treatments. Over time, this process should reduce stiffness and relieve pain for the client.

Working with your NDIS plan

LiveBig work with you to achieve your individual goals within your NDIS plan. We’re about transparency and responsiveness. When you contact us, we will let you know when we can be there for you.