What is Physiotherapy and what should you expect from your treatment?

Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when affected by an injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury in the future.

Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions, including problems affecting the: bones, joints and soft tissue – such as back, neck, shoulder and peripheral joint (knees/hips/ankle) pain and sports injuries.

Some of the main approaches to expect from your treatment include:

  • Education and advice about things that can affect your daily lives, such as posture and correct lifting or carrying techniques to help prevent injuries as well as effective strategies to manage pain and understand the risks associated with injury.
  • Tailored exercise and physical activity advice – exercises will be recommended to improve your flexibility, mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of your body especially following a sporting or overuse injury.
  • Manual therapy is only part of the treatment modalities used where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body.

Please note that we do NOT use electrotherapy (i.e. ultrasound/laser) or other similar passive treatments due to their limited to nul evidence and science based effectiveness.


What is Sports Massage and what should you expect?

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity but not limited to athletes or regularly active people. Soft tissue is connective tissue that includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and ensheaths the other soft tissues). Sports massage is helpful in soft tissue injuries that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.

Sports Massage alone is not always enough to get rid of chronic pains and aches and standalone is not effective to treat injuries. During your session, your Physiotherapist will take a brief medical history and if any issues are identified you will be provided with appropriate advice.


It takes time, effort and professional advice to recover from a physical injury and self-management is key in this process. We will try to get you back to normal as soon as possible and within a minimum amount of sessions but maximum professional input.

On the first appointment (initial consultation) a thorough medical history will be taken followed by a physical examination as appropriate. Then the initial diagnosis will be shared with you and explained so that we can plan your treatment, set and manage your expectations and set achievable and realistic goals.

If no progress is achieved within the expected time-frames of recovery or your symptoms are more complex and require further medical management or a different approach, then you will be re-directed to other health professionals such as an Orthopaedic Specialist, Rheumatologist or your own G.P. as appropriate.

A list of the conditions and symptoms diagnosed and treated:

  • Sporting injuries (including the shoulder complex/knee/spine and foot)
  • Posture/office-work related back problems
  • Work-related/repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain relating to stress/bruxism and other
  • Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ pain)
  • Post-natal musculoskeletal disorders (pregnancy/pelvic-health)
  • Arthritis (including Rheumatological conditions)
  • Post-operative rehabilitation

Physiotherapists at Southside Therapy Centre:

Fotis Karavotas