Different Types of Physiotherapy

Everything You Need to Know About Different Types of Physiotherapy.

Here at Graceville Physio, we consider physiotherapy and physical therapy to be the same. As such, we use a combination of exercise-based and hands-on manual techniques in the range of treatments and types of physiotherapy our specialists offer in our Brisbane clinic.

Read on to find out about the different types of physiotherapy and to learn which is the right fit for you and your loved ones.

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 and learn more on the specific treatment variations that we may include in a physio consultation with you.

We also offer a variety of physio classes including clinical pilates, pregnancy pilates, seniors exercise and balance, mindfulness and more. See our timetable here.

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy

Otherwise known as orthopaedic physiotherapy, treatments that fall under this category focus on restoring function to the musculoskeletal system, including all muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones.

Your physiotherapist will assess if these skeletal components are all working well together to ensure your body is moving at its optimum. Many injuries are as a result of the musculoskeletal system not working well as a whole.

Chronic pain, especially lower back pain  are also caused by the musculoskeletal system being out of alignment in different areas. 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!

Paediatric Physiotherapy

Paediatric 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

Children’s Sports Injuries

Children’s sport injuries can also be effectively assessed and treated with physiotherapy. As musculoskeletal and joint injuries can impact the growth and development of your child, it is important to seek a specialist who will look at your child’s overall physical structure and development rather than examining just the injury on its own.

The children’s sport services we specialise in at Graceville Physio include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Growth plate injuries
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Soccer, football, netball or rugby league related injuries and rehabilitation

Other than the management of sports injuries, we also assist our athletes and their teams to enhance recovery after training and to make the most out of each of their training sessions.

Women’s Health

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

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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 nervous system including head injuries, stroke, spinal cord damage, sciatica, aneurysm, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and neurological balance issues signalled by vertigo.

Treatments focus on rebuilding correct neural pathways, motor control, balance and coordination. Physiotherapy may also assist in rehabilitation after brain surgery.

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

At Graceville Physio, we’re a team of expert physiotherapists, 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. Aditionally, 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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