The fundamental goal of physiotherapy is to enable optimal movement and function – whether that’s being limited by an acute joint or muscle injury, disability, chronic condition such as arthritis, or unexplained stiffness or immobility.
A health professional trained in anatomy and physiology, a physio identifies the root cause of pain and musculoskeletal symptoms (pain and problems with movement can be deceptive, making expert diagnosis essential), and uses a selection of therapeutic techniques
such as massage, muscle stretching and joint manipulation to restore joint and muscle function and strength. This is often complemented by exercises to be performed at home.
As well as restoring movement, a physiotherapist will prescribe exercises and lifestyle measures to prevent injury recurrence and may recommend follow-up treatment such as clinical Pilates or tune-up sessions to ensure newfound mobility and strength remain for the long term. As well as general physiotherapy, Soaring Health’s Thomastown and Craigieburn physio services include women’s health physiotherapy, children’s physiotherapy and clinical Pilates.
Children’s physiotherapy combines core principles of physio with high-level knowledge of natural growth and development and treats presenting issues with a view to optimal musculoskeletal function in the long term. Suitable for both injuries and correcting developmental dysfunction such as impaired gait, Soaring Health’s Thomastown and Craigieburn physios use their knowledge of the body’s natural healing processes and growth patterns to predict best treatment response while ensuring treatment and management plans are fun and realistic. Click here for Children’s Health
Clinical Pilates & Therapeutic Yoga
Clinical Pilates combines the healing component of physio with targeted exercises that build strength and resilience in muscles and joints to prevent further injury. Conducted by one of Soaring Health’s Thomastown and Craigieburn physiotherapists in a one-to-one or group setting, it can help expedite recovery and relieve symptoms of acute and chronic injuries and conditions –from a ‘twist’ sustained through sport or other activity to the niggling twinges of lower back pain. Click here for Clinical Pilates & Yoga.
The healing power of water is steeped in folklore and rituals the world over. But its ability to facilitate recovery from injury and illness also rests on a solid body of science. Hydrotherapy in Thomastown and Craigieburn is, as the name suggests, the therapeutic use of water. Also known as ‘aquatic physiotherapy’, it harnesses the buoyancy of water to support muscles and joints through specific movements without the gravitational weight loading of land-based exercise, which can overburden and even re-injure weakened joints and muscles.
Who can benefit from Physiotherapy?
- Injured athletes and sportspeople from elite athletes to weekend warriors, keen walkers and occasional gym-goers
- People who have suffered accidents and require ongoing rehabilitation
- Those with acute or chronic pain caused by dysfunction resulting from weakness and overcompensation in certain muscles and joints
- Children (including NDIS child participants)
List of Soaring Health Physiotherapy Services
- In room consultation
- Clinical Pilates (one-to-one and small group classes)
- Home consultation
Conditions a physio can help to treat and/or manage
- Prevention of injury by identifying vulnerabilities and targeted strengthening of muscles and joints to prevent undue wear and tear and instil optimal habits and patterns of movement
- Back and neck pain
- Generalised pain (e.g. limbs), which may have been diagnosed as fibromyalgia or hypermobility
- Sports injuries
- Rehabilitation after joint surgery (e.g. hip or knee replacement)
- Recovery after a surgical procedure or illness that prevented exercise and may have resulted in muscle weakness or atrophy
- Management of pain associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists are highly qualified health professionals who work in partnership with their patients to help them to get – and stay – well.
Using advanced techniques and evidence-based care, physios assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps to repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life. Our experienced physios also provide rehabilitation after accidents, help to manage symptoms of chronic diseases and provide patient and carer education to optimise treatment outcomes.
Our Soaring Health Thomastown and Craigieburn physiotherapists also work closely with GPs and other health clinicians to plan and manage treatment. GPs refer more patients to physiotherapists than any other healthcare profession.
What does a typical physiotherapy consultation involve?
Each session with a physiotherapist is unique to a patient’s needs and health status. However, a ‘typical’ session may involve:
- Assessing and diagnosing the patient’s condition and
- Working with the patient to set and attain goals—from maintaining mobility and independence in aged care to running a marathon
- Developing a treatment or prevention plan that will take into account lifestyle, activities and general health
- Prescribing exercise and physical aids if required
Will I have to do homework?
Self-management is an integral part of your physiotherapy program, both for expediting recovery and preventing injury recurrence by correcting the conditions that may have led to, or worsened, your condition.
Your physio will teach you optimal postures, discuss ergonomic setups (such as desk and chair height) and prescribe a program of exercises to help you recover quickly and give you exercises and strategies to help you to manage your condition long term. To maintain optimal movement and function and prevent injury recurrence, your physio may recommend complementing home exercises with regular clinical Pilates in a group or one-to-one setting.
How does hydrotherapy complement hands-on physio techniques?
Hydrotherapy enables the implementation of exercise programs without straining or loading certain parts of the body as they would be on land, meaning injured people can undertake a recovery-focused exercise program they would not otherwise be able to tolerate.
Private Health Insurance:
Is physio treatment subsidised?
If you have private health insurance, instant health insurance rebates are available using hi-caps. You will need to bring your valid private health insurance card to your appointment to claim. Otherwise you can take your paid invoice and claim it online.
TAC and WorkCover:
At Soaring Health Thomastown and Craigieburn physiotherapy, we accept all approved TAC and WorkCover clients. We bill third party payers directly so you don’t have to.
If you have a chronic medical condition and are under a CDM, Medicare may fund a rebate towards your physiotherapy visits. Your doctor will specify the number of physiotherapy visits to be covered by the plan.
Our dedicated community division provides physiotherapy tailored to the needs of clients with disabilities. We are NDIS-registered and bill NDIS directly, so you won’t pay fees out of pocket.
How can physiotherapy help children?
Suitable for both injuries and correcting developmental dysfunction such as impaired gait, Soaring Health Thomastown and Craigieburn physios provide fun and realistic treatment and management plans that set children up for optimal long-term musculoskeletal health.
What qualifications should I look for in a physio?
Practising physiotherapists in Australia must have completed a tertiary qualification in physiotherapy such as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy or Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) from an institution accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council. By law, Australian physiotherapists must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia before they can practice. In addition, all registered physiotherapists are required to undertake 20 hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD) each year to ensure that they remain up to date with the latest evidence and clinical best practice.