Promoting recovery from illness or an injury or aiding with disability, physiotherapy is science-based healthcare that can be a standalone treatment, a complementary treatment to medicine or helps healing post-surgery. It helps to restore mobility and function through exercise and movement and manual therapy. It is a form of musculoskeletal treatment where the patient is closely and actively involved with the healthcare professional.

At Stepping Stones in Life Therapy Service, we’re providing physiotherapy at our two locations in Darwin and Katherine, offering a range of treatments and services to children, youth and adults with Orthopaedic, Neurological, Muscular or Cardiothoracic concerns such as:
  • plagiocephaly,
  • postural imbalances,
  • stiff & tight neck posture,
  • knee walking,
  • toe walking,
  • congenital torticollis,
  • developmental delay,
  • and many more.

Therapeutic Models

Physiotherapy in Darwin with Yoga
Physiotherapist is correcting the posture of a child
Physiotherapists evaluate clients for limitations in strength, range of motion, gait, endurance, pain, gross motor development, balance, coordination, movement, posture and the need for orthotics. Once the limitations are defined a therapist may use the following modalities: heat, ice, electrical stimulation, range of motion, neurodevelopmental exercise, therapeutic exercises, gait training, balance and coordination training.
Teenager with paediatric physiotherapist at Stepping Stones in Darwin

Physiotherapy for Children

Paediatric physiotherapists help children with a range of difficulties and disorders such as, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, developmental delay, torticollis and many more. A physiotherapist will help your child master their gross motor skills.

Physio for Adults

Physiotherapist’s aim to improve a person’s quality of life by using a variety of treatments such as, exercises, massage and movement to alleviate pain, maintain and restore function or lessen the effects of any dysfunction.
Physiotherapy Darwin

Benefits of Regular Physiotherapy

The most common question we get from patients and other healthcare professionals is what are the benefits of regular physiotherapy?

 

The benefits are obviously going to be different for each case as every patient’s situation and needs are specific to the individual in both terms of severity and responsiveness to treatment.

Designed for the individual

One of the biggest benefits of physiotherapy is that it is tailored to the individual. The physiotherapist will institute a program designed to not only help the patient but also one that the patient can cope with, taking into account their limitations.

Pain management

Chronic pain doesn’t just have to be treated with drugs. Physiotherapeutic techniques and exercises can help reduce aches or eliminate pain by mobilising the joints and soft tissue to restore muscle function. By continuing the prescribed exercises, the pain may be prevented from returning. Physiotherapy is also a better alternative to becoming dependent on pain medication (mainly opioids).

Surgery avoidance

As well as being an option for post-surgical treatment which can help aid faster recovery, physiotherapy may also prevent the need for surgery. The exercises can eliminate pain and assist with healing injured tissue and facilitate improved mobility thereby eliminating the need for surgical correction.

Tackles general health issues for older patients

In our advancing years we all become susceptible to age-related health problems such as arthritis, osteoporosis and general joint pain. Physiotherapy is a good approach for senior patients because it is a less traumatic experience than surgical options such as joint replacement surgery. Physiotherapy has also been proven to be effective for heart conditions because the exercises and techniques improve cardiovascular function.

Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, is a condition that can occur in infants when the head develops an uneven shape. While plagiocephaly is usually harmless, it can occasionally lead to developmental problems. Physiotherapy can be an effective treatment for plagiocephaly, as it can help to improve the range of motion in the neck and shoulders. This can reduce the pressure on the skull, which can help to prevent further flattening of the head. Additionally, physiotherapy can help to improve muscle strength and tone, which can help to improve the overall appearance of the head.

Postural imbalances

An incorrect posture is often the source of back pain. The aches and pains that come from sitting or standing in an unnatural position for extended periods of time can be avoided by correcting your posture. However, bad habits can be hard to break, and many people find it difficult to maintain good posture without outside help. Our physiotherapists are trained to identify and correct posture imbalances. They can provide exercises and stretches to help improve your range of motion and alleviate pain. In addition, they can offer advice on how to sit, stand, and sleep in a position that will minimise strain on your muscles and joints.

Stiff & tight neck posture

Physiotherapy can be extremely effective in treating a stiff and tight neck. The first step is to identify the underlying cause of the problem. This may be due to posture, muscle imbalance, or joint dysfunction. Once the cause has been identified, a treatment plan can be created to address the issue. Common treatments for a stiff and tight neck include stretching, strengthening, and massage. These techniques can help to improve range of motion, reduce muscle tension, and promote healing.

Knee walking

Physiotherapy can be an extremely effective treatment for a knee walking condition, helping to improve range of motion, flexibility and strength. It can also help to reduce pain and swelling. Physiotherapy treatments typically include exercises and stretches that are specifically designed to target the muscles and joints affected by a knee walking condition. In addition, physiotherapy can help to improve balance and coordination, which can be helpful in preventing falls. If you are suffering from a knee walking condition, physiotherapy can help you regain mobility and improve your quality of life.

Toe walking

When a child begins to walk, they usually start by toes. This phase of development is important as it helps the child to develop the muscles and coordination necessary for walking. However, some children continue to walk on their toes even after they have mastered the basics of walking. This condition is known as toe walking, and it can cause problems with balance and coordination. Physiotherapy can help to improve toe walking by exercises that strengthen the muscles in the feet and legs. These exercises can also help to improve balance and coordination.

Congenital torticollis

Congenital torticollis, also known as wry neck, is a condition that causes the head to tilt to one side. It often occurs when the sternocleidomastoid muscle, which runs from the back of the head to the collarbone, is shortened or tightened. This can happen before or during birth. Congenital torticollis is usually mild and can be treated with physiotherapy. Physiotherapy involves exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles around the neck. This can help to loosen the sternocleidomastoid muscle and improved the range of motion in the neck.

Developmental delay

If you have a child with developmental delay, you may be wondering how physiotherapy can help. Physiotherapy is a type of therapy that uses physical methods, such as exercise, to improve the function of the body. It can be used to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination. In addition, physiotherapy can help to reduce pain and improve circulation.

Physiotherapy Blogs

Read the articles below to learn more about the benefits of physio, when you should see a physiotherapist and more interesting topics.

FAQs

Physiotherapy helps to restore movement when you’ve been affected by injury, illness, or disability.

Physiotherapy helps if you’re recovering from illness or major surgery. Children with conditions such as autism or cerebral palsy can also benefit.

Treatments could include stretching, exercises like yoga, or water-based therapies.

It will involve looking at the area of concern and assessing factors like pain, mobility, and coordination.

Our full range of services in Darwin & across the NT include:
Speech & Language Therapy

We provide a range of services to help recognise and treat speech delays and other issues for children and adolescents alike.

Occupational Therapy
  •  DIR Floortime
  • Astronaut Program
  • Alert Program
  • Therapeutic Listening Program
  • Brain Gym
  • Sensory Integration Principles
  • Aquatic Therapy
Psychology & Counselling

We have a team of trained psychologists who will help with everything from couples and relationship counselling, anxiety and depression to trauma and post traumatic stress.

Physiotherapy

We have trained professionals to help with physiological issues such as toe walking, stiff neck, torticollis and more.

Expressive Arts Psychotherapy

We’ll help your child through play therapy, which implements the use of play and toys to help children process and understand their world.

Speech & Language Therapy

We provide a range of services to help recognise and treat speech delays and other issues for children and adolescents alike.

Occupational Therapy Models
  •  DIR Floortime
  • Astronaut Program
  • Alert Program
  • Therapeutic Listening Program
  • Brain Gym
  • Sensory Integration Principles
  • Aquatic Therapy
Psychological Services

We have a team of trained psychologists who will help with everything from anxiety and depression to trauma and post traumatic stress.

Physiotherapy services

We have trained professionals to help with physiological issues such as toe walking, stiff neck, torticollis and more.

Expressive Arts Psychotherapy

We’ll help your child through play therapy, which implements the use of play and toys to help children process and understand their world.

Workshops & Support Groups
  • Hanen
  • Key Word Signing
  • 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching
  • Circle of Security Parenting Program
  • Meltdowns vs Behaviour
  • Amazing Articulation
  • Getting to know you
  • Self-Care Skills and Building independence
  • How to be a Playmate
  • Mealtimes Matter
  • Beyond Words
  • Developing Language through Play
  • Sensory Processing? What is it?