What is Physiotherapy?

As described by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, using advanced techniques and evidence-based care, physiotherapists assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapy helps repair damage, reduce stiffness and pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life.

Physiotherapists can assist with rehabilitation following acute trauma/injury, sports injuries, chronic injuries, occupational overuse, motor vehicle accidents as well as pre or post orthopaedic surgery.

Following an initial examination your physiotherapist will work with you to create a personalised treatment plan to address your goals and suggest long term management strategies for the future.

Some of the more common forms of physiotherapy treatment include (but are not limited to):

  • soft tissue massage
  • joint mobilisations
  • stretching
  • dry needling
  • taping
  • exercise prescription

Physiotherapists are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.

Physiotherapy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Physiotherapists are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by ReturnToWorkSA and motor accident insurers.


Who are our Physiotherapists?

We have two great Physiotherapists at Southside.

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Vivienne Jachmann

Dianne Colquhoun


What to expect when you visit a Physiotherapist

During your first consultation, your Physiotherapist will ask questions and conduct a full examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your outer layers of clothing, depending on the area of your body requiring treatment. Following treatment, your Physiotherapist may need additional investigations such as x-rays or scans. This will allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed for you. If needed, your Physiotherapist may refer you on to another health professional.


Do you need a referral from your GP?

Many patients are referred to Physiotherapists by their Doctor, other health practitioners or personal trainers. However, as Physiotherapists are primary practitioners, you can make an appointment without a referral.

Under the Chronic Disease Management Program, many clients with chronic conditions can have up to 5 treatments per year part covered by Medicare. In these cases, you will need a referral from your GP.


How long will your treatment take?

Your initial consultation may last up to one hour because it includes a thorough case history and examination as well as treatment. Follow-up treatments are usually a little shorter. Depending on your condition, they can take up to 30 minutes.


How much does it cost to see a Physiotherapist at Southside?

Initial Visit: $125

Return Visits: $95

Concession rates (Pensioner and Health Care Care Holders): $10 off the rates above.

We have HICAPS facilities so, if you have private health insurance we can swipe your card on the spot, and you will only need to pay the gap. Physiotherapy is covered by all private health funds, but the amount of cover will depend upon your fund and level of cover.


What do you need to bring?

Your physiotherapist will ask to see any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Your physiotherapist may ask you to undress to your underwear depending on the area of your body requiring treatment. Therefore you may want to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts if this would make you more comfortable. We do have shorts available at the clinic that you can use if need be.


Common Conditions people may see a Physiotherapist for:

  • generalised aches and pain
  • joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments and exercise
  • arthritic pain
  • general, acute & chronic backache, back pain
  • uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
  • headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
  • frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck
  • circulatory problems
  • cramp
  • joint pains
  • lumbago
  • sciatica
  • muscle spasms
  • neuralgia
  • inability to relax
  • rheumatic pain
  • minor sports injuries and tensions

Treatment Techniques

Physiotherapist use a variety of treatments within their consultation. At Southside we offer:

Mobilisation

  • Moving a joint within it’s range of motion to remove restrictions.

Muscle Energy Technique

  • Using muscular contractions around a specific joint to remove restrictions in a joint or to stretch a muscle.

Trigger Point Dry Needling

  • Using small acupuncture needles to release a trigger point in a muscle.

Fascial release / Myofascial release

  • Using small, gentle movements to release tension in the connective tissues of the body.

Cranio Sacral Technique

  • Using small, gentle movements with the practitioners hands on the head, trunk, pelvis or limbs to promote healing.
  • Click here for a snapshot summary statement on Cranio Sacral by the National Council For Osteopathic Research. (2013).
  • Vivienne Jachmann is our only Physiotherapist who offers Cranio Sacral Technique. Our Osteopaths also offer this.

Visceral Manipulation

  • With the hands on the abdomen, the osteopath aims to release connective tissue (fascia) tension around organs within the body.
  • Vivienne Jachmann is our only Physiotherapist who offers Visceral Manipulation. Our Osteopaths also offer this, as does our Musculoskeletal Therapist, Paul McCann.

If you have any questions about the Physiotherapy service provided at Southside Clinic or if you would like to speak to a Physiotherapist at our clinic, please call us on 1300 10 11 22.