Different Types of Physiotherapy

Everything You Need to Know About Different Types of Physiotherapy.

Here at Graceville Physio, we offer many different types of physiotherapy. Our expert team use a combination of exercise-based and hands-on manual techniques. This ensures we can achieve the most optimal outcomes for our patients. Read on to find out about the different types of physiotherapy we offer.

Looking for a specific type of physiotherapy treatment?

If you’re based in or around Brisbane, reach out to our team of expert physiotherapists and exercise physiologists to find out how we can create a specific treatment plan for your needs on (07) 3278 1186.


Common types of physiotherapy:

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Back/Neck Physio

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Women’s Physio

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Sports Physio

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Pregnancy Physio

Scroll to the bottom of the article to learn more about the specific treatment variations that we may include in a physio consultation with you.

We also offer a variety of physio classes in our Brisbane clinic including clinical pilates, pregnancy pilates, seniors exercise and balance, mindfulness and more. 

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy

Otherwise known as orthopaedic physiotherapy, treatments that fall under this category focus on restoring function to the musculoskeletal system. This includes muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves and bones, that can be affected by various injuries, activities and movements.

Your physiotherapist will perform a detailed assessment of your musculoskeletal system to identify any issues such as chronic pain, especially lower back pain that could be contributing to your symptoms.

Our musculoskeletal treatments focus on:

  • reducing pain
  • increasing mobilisation
  • treating soft tissue damage
  • correcting skeletal alignment

Geriatric Physiotherapy

Geriatric physiotherapy focuses on the unique movement needs of older adults. There are many conditions that affect people as they grow older such as arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, joint replacements and balance disorders.

The goal of our geriatric physiotherapy treatments is to help:

  • restore mobility affected by old age
  • reduce pain
  • work around physical limitations and
  • improve physical fitness and overall health

Actively ageing with the help of physiotherapy, is paramount in ensuring your future is pain free and as independent as possible. At Graceville Physio, we offer a range of classes and programs specifically designed for seniors seeking to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Keep that spring in your step, no matter your age!

Children's Physiotherapy

Children’s physiotherapy focuses on the physical needs of infants, toddlers, children and adolescents with a variety of developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal or other physical disorders.

Early detection is key when children experience problems that inhibit movement and their natural state of being. Physiotherapy is used for children who are affected by diseases or injuries including:

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  • genetic disorders like cerebral palsy
  • birth defects
  • developmental delays
  • head trauma, muscle diseases and/or limb deficiencies
  • orthopaedic disabilities

Our physiotherapy treatments help children with:

  • alleviating pain
  • improving their gross and fine motor skills
  • regaining strength, endurance and range of motion
  • regaining balance, coordination and normalisation of movement
  • therapeutic exercises and stretches for injury rehabilitation
  • cognitive and sensory processing

Sports Physiotherapy

Our sports physiotherapists are closely involved in the care and wellbeing of athletes, from weekend warriors to seasoned professionals and active children alike. This area of practice includes management of athletic injuries through:

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  • treatment of injury through the application of specialist advice and techniques to encourage healing
  • rehabilitation and progressive injury management for a quick return to sport
  • prevention practices such as movement assessments to identify and address any known precursors to injury
  • education and sharing specialist knowledge (such as taping techniques) to individual athletes, teams or clubs to assist in the prevention of injury

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for women mainly addresses issues to the female reproductive system, childbirth, prenatal and postnatal care and issues with infertility.

Our specialist physiotherapists assist women with:

  • relieving lower back, pelvic and hip pain during and after pregnancy
  • strengthening core
  • activating pelvic floor
  • reducing lymphatic swelling
  • controlling urinary incontinence

We also offer a range of specialist prenatal and postnatal services including pregnancy Pilates classes, physiotherapy sessions and pregnancy massage to help you through all stages along your journey to motherhood.

Rehabilitation and Pain Management

If you’re suffering from chronic pain, are due for surgery or if you’ve recently had surgery, this type of physiotherapy focuses on getting you back on track to a pain-free lifestyle.

Treatment prior to surgery focuses on exercises that will strengthen your body and prepare you for post-operative rehabilitation. After surgery or injury, reducing pain and swelling is the first priority and then gentle exercises to improve function with the aim of getting you back on track as soon as possible.

Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy

Cardiorespiratory physiotherapy specialises in the prevention, rehabilitation and compensation of people suffering from diseases or injuries affecting the heart, chest and lungs. Treatments include:
  • deep breathing and circulation exercises
  • correct breathing techniques
  • strategies to help you manage coughs and shortness of breath
  • positioning for optimal lung expansion
  • pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation

People who suffer (or have suffered from) from asthma, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, emphysema, heart attack, hypertension or other conditions affecting the heart and lungs will benefit from this type of physiotherapy. If you’ve had heart or lung surgery, physiotherapy will also be able to assist you in your rehabilitation.

Neurological Physiotherapy

Neurological physiotherapy targets disorders affecting the brain and nervous system, including head injuries, stroke, spinal cord damage, aneurysm, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Cerebral Palsy for example. It also helps to treat neurological balance issues that can arise due to conditions such as vertigo.

Treatments focus on improving motor control, balance and coordination. We have several physiotherapists who treat vertigo (BPPV) and neurological conditions, and these treatments can be done either in the clinic or during a home visit.

Our range of physiotherapy treatments (provided in the clinic or during a home visit) includes:


At Graceville Physio, we’re a team of expert physiotherapy graceville, exercise physiologists and massage therapists. We can assess your situation and suggest a treatment program in line with your doctor’s or specialist’s recommendations. Additionally, we’re affiliated with several other allied health practitioners and specialists who can assist with specific concerns beyond the scope of physiotherapy if needed.

If you think you or a loved one could benefit from any of the above-mentioned types of physiotherapy treatments or an initial assessment, contact our experienced team in Brisbane on (07) 3278 1186 or book a consultation online.

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