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FAQs About Physiotherapy

Have you been referred to a physio Mount Hawthorn or close to you? If you have seen a GP and they suggest that you go to see one, then you might be wondering what they do. Here are some common FAQs about the treatment process and the professionals.

Q1. What kind of treatment is PT (physiotherapy)?

A2. PT is about performance improvement, physical rehabilitation, the promotion of health and preventing injuries. Its focus is on understanding how the body moves and helping people maximize, maintain or restore function, physical ability and movement. The benefits for patients include reducing the pain they are experiencing and therefore not needing as much pain medication and being more flexible and physically stronger. It also is good for preventing injuries, gets them back to regular activities and allows them more mobility and freedom.

Q2. What will the therapist do?

A2. A PT or physiotherapist has trained to provide care for patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Their education is specific to physiotherapy goals and working with each patient to build a treatment plan depending on your condition and needs. When you see a physio North Perth as well as sessions of treatment, they may also have suggestions for you to help your recovery at home.

Q3. Is this treatment safe?

A3. A lot of people are concerned about how safe it is because of its hands-on nature. But it is completely safe and every step is taken seriously to ensure risk is minimized and the recovery process is appropriate to the person. If a technique is not suitable for the patient’s body it is not used.

Q4. What is meant by joint manipulation?

A4. Joint manipulation refers to the manual work a physio will do on any joint, though typically it is thought of as a technique for the spine. The joint is moved fast with only a small range of movement and that is when you hear a click or pop. The physio Mount Hawthorn will first assess whether that region of the body needs this treatment and if it is safe for the individual they are treating. If the patient is not comfortable with it then another treatment approach can be used.

Q5. Does IMS cause pain and what is it?

A5. Dry needling is also called Intramuscular Stimulation or IMS. If you are familiar with acupuncture needles, dry needling uses the same, but the technique used is very different. There is no injecting of anything and whether it hurts changes from one person to the next. Seeing a physio North Perth for dry needling can be quite intense but it is great for improving movement and muscle activation and reducing pain. It can cause an achy pressure and should not be burning, sharp or shooting in how it feels.


If you have any more questions about seeing a physiotherapist, give them a call or take some time on your next visit. They will be happy to answer you and help with any concerns. They are there to help you heal and get stronger.

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