Different Types of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a form of allied healthcare that supports people of all ages, abilities, and health statuses with a variety of requirements and goals. There are so many different approaches and fields within it that it may just cater for just about everyone.

Physiotherapists are highly trained and experienced professionals who deliver high-quality care based on evidence-based, personalised methods. This can include techniques such as manual therapy, the development of customised orthotics, hydrotherapy, clinical Pilates, taping, acupuncture, exercise prescription, and education. Our physiotherapists in Brisbane are passionate and dedicated to supporting our patients to find improved comfort, mobility, and functionality, and to help them meet their goals.

Physiotherapy is diverse and multi-faceted care that can be used in many settings and fields. Explore the different types of physiotherapy and how we may be able to help you.

Which Type of Physiotherapy Is Right For Me?

Physiotherapy, with its broad scope and versatility, offers a huge array of techniques and approaches to address specific needs and target outcomes. Physiotherapists can provide generalised physiotherapy or can focus on a specific area depending on their patient’s needs and their own interests.

Some of the different types of physiotherapy available include the following:

1. Sports Physiotherapy

This type of physio is probably what most people imagine when they think of physiotherapy. Sports physio aims to support exercisers and athletes of all levels and sports to help them prevent injuries and enhance their performance, and addresses sports-related injuries, strains, and sprains.

2. Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

There is a focus on musculoskeletal injuries and conditions in this type of physio and targets problems with bones, muscles, ligaments, and joints. It is often ideal for individuals recovering from issues such as fractures, sprains, or certain surgeries, and aims to improve mobility, strength, and flexibility.

3. Neurological Physiotherapy

Patients with neurological disorders, injuries, or conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or a head injury may benefit from neurological physio. It focuses on retraining the nervous system and restoring function, and aims to improve balance, coordination, and overall physical abilities.

4. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physiotherapy

People with heart or lung conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, may benefit from specific physiotherapy that involves exercises to improve cardiovascular endurance and lung function.

5. Vestibular Rehabilitation

Problems with the inner ear and balance system can have a significant impact on everyday life, and may cause issues such as vertigo and dizziness. Therapy that works to improve factors such as balance may be beneficial.

6. Paediatric Physiotherapy

Babies, children, and adolescents can require different support and therapy from adults due to the varying stages of development. In paediatric physiotherapy, we focus on factors such as motor skills and balance, and conditions such as cerebral palsy.

7. Geriatric Physiotherapy

Elderly people also have varying needs, which physio may be able to target. This can involve factors such as maintaining or restoring mobility, balance, and independence and addressing age-related conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis.

8. Women’s Health Physiotherapy

There are issues and conditions that are specific to women, such as pelvic floor dysfunction or postnatal issues. People with these issues may benefit from physiotherapy that focuses on factors such as pelvic health and core strength.

9. Aquatic Physiotherapy

There are a variety of conditions and injuries that may be improved by therapy that takes place in a pool. There are many positive advantages of buoyancy when it comes to health and rehabilitation, such as the reduced impact on joints.

Personalised Physiotherapy at Whole Body Clinic Brisbane

Physiotherapy incorporates such a broad range of techniques and methods, performed by highly skilled professionals, that it may help a wide array of people with different needs and goals. The human body is so diverse and intricate that a one size fits all approach when it comes to health and well-being does not suffice. That is why personalised, goal-specific physical therapy is crucial for maintaining and improving issues and conditions.

If you are experiencing pain, stiffness, or reduced mobility and functionality, or you want to work towards enhancing your athletic performance, please organise an initial consultation to find out how our physiotherapists may be able to help you.