PHYSIO FAQs

Why should I consult a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of physical capabilities and health conditions. It can improve your physical activity while assisting to reduce the chance of future injuries.

If you are in pain, your physiotherapist can help to identify the cause of your pain and work with you to create an appropriate plan to get you back to a pain free life.

If you have a sports injury, your physiotherapist can help to identify the extent of your injury and curate an individualised plan to get you back to what you love doing quickly, while reducing the chance of future injuries. Your physiotherapist can work with you to optimise your athletic performance to ensure that when you return to play, you are fitter, faster and stronger than you were before.

If you have a work-related injury, your physiotherapist can help to identify the extent of your injury and how it may impact your ability to work. They will create an individualised plan for you to ensure you can get back to work in a safe and sustainable timeframe and will regularly check your progress and communicate your needs to all stakeholders.

If you have recently had surgery, your physiotherapist can assess your overall health and functionality such as your joint mobility, fitness, strength, and asymmetries to ensure that you have a smooth, safe and full rehabilitation to return to your day-to-day life.

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Do I need a GP referral?

No, you do not need a referral from a GP to see a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist is a first contact practitioner (FCP). This means that physiotherapists have the advanced skills necessary to assess, diagnose and recommend appropriate treatment or referral for musculoskeletal (MSK) problems on your first contact with healthcare services (us).

Physiotherapists can also refer you to specialists for imaging, or back to a GP if they feel that your condition requires further or different care.


Can I claim on my Private Health insurance or Medicare?

You can use your private health insurance if your policy includes cover for physiotherapy services. We have a HICAPS Terminal onsite so that your claim is instantly processed leaving you to only pay the gap.

You can claim a Medicare Rebate of $56 if you have a care plan provided to you by your GP for a chronic pain condition (such as long-lasting low back or neck pain). This Medicare rebate is given for x5 sessions. If you feel that this may apply to you, speak to your GP to see if this may be a possibility.


How long are physiotherapy consultations?

An initial consultation is 40-45 minutes. Follow up consultations are 30-35minutes.


What do I wear to a physiotherapy consultation?

As physiotherapy sessions can involve physical assessments of the injured area, exercise and hands-on treatments, it is important that you wear clothing that does not restrict your movement or your practitioner’s access to the injury.

If you have a lower body injury, including lower back, please wear a pair of stretchy or loose-fitting shorts to the session.

If you have an upper body injury, please wear a tank top or loose fitting and stretchy shirt to the session.

Your comfort is always our priority, and your physiotherapist will only expose areas that are necessary for the assessment and treatment of your injury. If you forget appropriate clothing, or feel uncomfortable, please inform your practitioner as soon as possible. Your physiotherapist is also skilled at modesty draping which simply involves draping a towel or sheet over your body to maximise your comfort.


What is strength and conditioning and why do I need it?

Strength & Conditioning (S&C) is a key element to your successful rehabilitation. It is especially important for those who are active in their day-to-day life such as recreational or competitive athletes, those with physical jobs in trades or hospitality or people who simply want to get fitter, stronger, faster, and powerful.

At Optimise, we combine our anatomical and medical knowledge of the body from physiotherapy with our S&C knowledge of exercise prescription, periodisation, athletic testing and sport-specific or activity-specific needs to provide you with a highly individualised plan to optimise your results.

We use industry leading technology to gain objective data on your performance which helps us track your progress throughout your program. This data is indisputable and shows you in real-time how effective our programs are and how much you have improved since starting your program.

S&C training will highly depend on you, your goals and your current physical capabilities such as if you have had a recently injury or illness, if you are in season or pre-season, your currently training load, and more. Generally, sessions will focus on the following:

  • Strength: gym sessions focused on building strength through various exercise modalities and equipment that build your strength, movement competency and muscular endurance
  • Power: gym or field sessions focused on increasing your power and plyometric capabilities so you can move better, jump and hop higher and further, land more efficiently, and run with more power and speed
  • Speed: on-field sessions using various forms of equipment and technology to help enhance your acceleration, max velocity, sprint technique, and endurance.
  • All of the above strategies go hand in hand together and are all important in building your overall athletic capacity to improve your physical performance in your sport, and reduce your risk of injury

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