Understanding Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy, also known as Physical Therapy, and abbreviated as PT, is a health care profession that deals with the injuries and diseases of the body that impair movement and mobility and the healing of such injuries and diseases. Technically, a physiotherapist is not a doctor, though he or she definitely has a doctoral degree in his course. However, being a physiotherapist is not equivalent to being a ‘physician’. All certified physiotherapists with a legal license to practice are members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, a representative body which protects the rights and interests of physiotherapists across the country and their patients.

Physiotherapists Sydney use various types of treatments such as joint mobilization and manipulation, massage, electrotherapy, acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and hydrotherapy. The main types of physiotherapy include:

Musculoskeletal treats muscles, bones and joints such as back pain, arthritis, workplace, sporting injuries and post orthopedic surgery.

Cardiothoracic to treat disorders of the cardio-respiratory system including asthma, COPD, emphysema as well as rehabilitation after thoracic surgery.

Neurological treatment which include disorders like stroke, Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and post brain surgery rehabilitation.

Understanding Exercise Training

Exercise trainers are fitness professionals who use exercise and physical activity for treatment but also look at lifestyle and behavior modification to make your life better. They are experts in exercise rehabilitation and metabolic conditions. Their role is to prevent or manage chronic disease, injury, and disability. People with diabetes, obesity, arthritis, metabolic syndromes such as Dyslipidemia – in which the body produces abnormal amounts of lipids, hypertension, immune disorders, musculoskeletal injuries, and cardiovascular diseases, are the ones who normally seek the advice of an exercise trainer. Even without contracting any of these diseases, one can always contact an exercise trainer to get started on an exercise regimen that suits your body type and lifestyle.

Both professionals have a role in helping you maintain your health, wellness and quality of life. But it is critical to understand the role that they play in your life and in helping you maintain your body and when you should consult either for advice.