About our Physiotherapy

Things you need to KNOW

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is paramedical intervention that aims to decrease pain and improve function. It involves rehabilitation of the body and helps with healing of most medical and surgical conditions. It is appropriate for a range of muscle, joint and nerve conditions whether resulting from injury, illness or disability.A range of techniques are available for each condition, and your physiotherapist will choose what is appropriate for you and your condition. They can also advise on lifestyle changes that may reduce problems or injuries. The physiotherapist may refer you to another professional if they feel that it is appropriate.

Is physiotherapy massage?

No. Physiotherapy may use some massage techniques to release tissues, but it uses other techniques for treatment, and not just relieve the symptoms.

What types of problems can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy can help with muscle and joint problems, as well as respiratory and neurological conditions.

'How long do sessions last?

Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes, although the first session may be longer, as the primary assessment needs to be performed.

Do you get treatment on your initial appointment?

Your first session will involve a full assessment, and in most cases, treatment will occur and recommendations will be made.

What should I wear?

You can come in the clothes that you would be wearing. We have gowns and shorts, and may request that you change into these, if specific body parts need to be exposed.

How much will it cost?

We charge medical aid rates. Since each medical aid pays a different amount, we charge according to your medical aid. Private patients are charged the rate of Discovery medical aid. Compensation for accidental injuries will be submitted directly to them. All the necessary documents must be submitted.

Do I need to see my doctor first?

No, we are first-line practitioners. Camaf and Platinum Health patients need to have a GP referral letter in order for the medical aid to pay for treatment

What treatments will you use?

During the first treatment, the physiotherapist will perform a full assessment, and then treat according to what was found in the assessment

Will it hurt?

Physiotherapy should not hurt. However, there may be some discomfort. If your treatment is too unpleasant, please feel free to talk to your therapist.