If you are suffering from chronic back pain or in need of rehabilitation exercises, you’d definitely want to see a physiotherapist immediately. Living with that constant, shooting pain can be exhausting - we know! The good news is - you don’t have to put up with it any longer! Apart from injury treatment, physiotherapists also help those with physiological illnesses and disabilities to lead a comfortable life.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a science-based treatment that prevents additional damage to the body, and helps in the recovery process for numerous types of injuries, illnesses, conditions and disabilities. The ultimate aim of a physiotherapist is to enhance the quality of life by improving human functions and physical movements!

Anyone can benefit from physiotherapy regardless of age as it focuses on both prevention and rehabilitation. Some of the most common treatment involves:

  • Neck and back pain caused by skeletal or muscular issues,
  • Ailments in the bones, joints, ligaments and muscles caused by an injury,
  • Pelvic problems like bowel, bladder and pelvic floor,
  • Loss of mobility due to disease, trauma or injury,
  • Sports injury rehabilitation, and
  • Fatigue, stiffness swelling and muscle atrophy.
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When Should I See
A Physiotherapist?

Some may assume they won’t ever need to see a physiotherapist, but sustaining injuries are inevitable, be it major or minor. With almost any type of common injury or physical issue, a physiotherapist would be able to diagnose and provide a more comprehensive treatment plan and exercise therapy for your ailment compared to a general practitioner!

For instance, if you are suffering from neck pain, a physiotherapist would be able to guide you through your condition and provide you with an in-depth understanding of what you are going through. This is because a physiotherapist is a professional expert in musculoskeletal problems that affect movements and functions.

Still unsure when exactly you need to consult a physiotherapist? The points below might help!

  • If your pain is mechanical (a pain that is made worse by a particular movement or activity),
  • If the pain is getting worse (or if it is not getting better),
  • If the pain is affecting your mobility, and/or
  • If the pain has been ongoing for an extended period of time and is preventing you from doing any physical activities.

Note: This list is just a guide to give you an idea of the different types of pain you might face and is by no means an exhaustive list.

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How Does Physiotherapy Work?

Physiotherapists usually use massages, exercise therapy, heat therapy and electrotherapy to treat ailments and injuries. However, there are other techniques too that are used to relieve pain and improve joint movements. Some of these techniques include:

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KinesioⓇ Taping: -

In this technique, a tape is used to promote the body’s natural healing process by lifting the skin away from the connective tissue. This movement allows the lymphatic fluid to move through the wider space more effectively.

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Rehabilitation: -

Rehabilitation uses different strengthening, preventive and corrective exercise routines to alleviate pain and restore function.

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Sports Massage Therapy: -

Sports massage manually manipulates the muscles geared specifically towards helping people who have physically demanding lifestyles and /or hobbies.

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Soft Tissue Mobilisation: -

Soft tissue mobilisation or therapeutic massages are used to relax tight muscles, relieve pain and reduce swelling.

Joint Mobilisation: -

Joint mobilisation is a manual therapy technique that moves the affected joints at different speeds, depths, and amplitudes to restore normal joint function.

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Running Analysis: -

Running analysis provides an in-depth look at a runner’s gait patterns and weight loads. It examines how the body carries its weight and which muscles and structures are holding the load.

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Chronic Pain Management: -

Chronic pain management would include different ranges of manual techniques like massages, swimming, acupuncture and other exercise routines to relieve pain and help in mobilising the affected area.

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Dry Needling: -

Dry needling is a technique that uses fine needles that are inserted into specific parts of the body to reduce pain for a short time.

Dry Needling Therapy

You may have heard of the ancient Chinese treatment called acupuncture where tiny needles are inserted into your skin to treat your illness. In the world of physiotherapy, this similar technique is known as dry needling and though it may sound intimidating, dry needling is a safe and effective technique used to treat certain musculoskeletal conditions such as shoulder, neck, heel, hip and back pain. This treatment is performed by skilled, trained and certified physiotherapists.

Unlike acupuncture, where needles are inserted into your muscles, dry needling in Singapore uses a thin monofilament needle that penetrates just the skin to treat underlying muscular trigger points. Now, what is a trigger point? A trigger point is a local contracture or tight band that is located in the muscle fibre that limits function and range of motion and causes pain.

When the needle is inserted into a trigger point, it will release tightness, increase blood flow and reduce pain. While dry needling is somewhat similar to acupuncture, dry needling treats muscle tissue with the goal to reduce pain, inactivate trigger points and restore function and motion. It is often an approach that is used with other physical therapy treatment plans.

Dry Needling Therapy

Kinesiology Therapy

Kinesiology taping is a treatment option that is used to treat injury or illness that leads to mobility or motor function problems. This treatment involves placing strips of tape on your affected area in specific directions to help support your joints like knee, ankle, and wrist, as well as muscles and tendons.

Kinesiology taping is usually used to help facilitate muscle function, stabilise joints, or stop certain muscles from contracting improperly. It can also help to decrease pain, swelling and muscle spasms.

Kinesiology Therapy

Unlock Your Full Potential through Exercise Therapy

Exercise therapy is a powerful approach that combines movement and targeted exercises to promote healing, improve function, and enhance overall well-being. Whether you're recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or aiming to optimise your physical performance, this therapy can be a game-changer. Guided by experienced professionals, exercise therapy focuses on tailored exercise programs that address specific goals and individual needs. Embrace the transformative benefits of this treatment and unlock your body's full potential.

Enhance Stability and Prevent Injuries with Sports Taping

Sports taping is a technique widely used in the athletic world to provide support, stability, and injury prevention during physical activities. This method involves applying specialised tape to specific areas of the body, such as joints and muscles, to enhance performance and reduce the risk of sports-related injuries. Sports taping helps to stabilise joints, improve alignment, and provide additional support where needed, reducing the likelihood of any injuries.

Benefits of Seeing a Physiotherapist

A customised physical therapy treatment plan can help you restore your original functions and mobility as well as encourage different exercises and lifestyle changes that will prevent recurring injuries. Here are some other lesser-known benefits of consulting a physiotherapist:

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You Can Avoid Surgery:

If your therapy helps you eliminate pain or treats your injury, you can avoid getting surgery to get your condition sorted.

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Improve Your Balance:

If you have balance issues, your physiotherapist may create a treatment plan and exercises that will challenge your balance by mimicking real-life situations.

Chronic Pain Management:

A physiotherapist will be able to identify, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal problems which can result in pain-free movement so that you can go about your daily life without pain.

Reduce Muscle Tension From Prolonged Work:

When you sit for an extended period of time, you develop a build-up of muscle tension which can lead to pain and severe back problems. A physiotherapist would use a combination of different techniques like dry needling, massages and joint mobilisation to help relieve your muscle tension and pain.

If you have any questions or concerns about pain or mobility issues that you or your loved ones are suffering from, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.


  • What does a physiotherapist do?

    A physiotherapist prepares a holistic treatment plan based on your ailment to restore movement and function and alleviate pain.

  • How do I know if I need physiotherapy?

    • You are having balance issues
    • You find your movements in certain parts of your body stiff and painful
    • You are in constant pain
    • If the pain is mechanical
  • How often should I see a physiotherapist?

    Based on your pain and treatment plans, your physiotherapist would recommend you to visit 1 to 3 times per week.

  • Is physiotherapy good for back pain?

    Physiotherapy treatments can help reduce and alleviate your back pain so that you can continue living a comfortable life.

  • Is physiotherapy good for health?

    Physiotherapy is a medical treatment that is beneficial in treating and preventing injuries, illnesses, conditions and disabilities. The ultimate aim of a physiotherapist is to enhance the quality of life by improving human functions and physical movements.

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