Sports injuries and other physical discomforts can be a real pain to get over. The process can be especially taxing if your injury prevents you from undergoing regular, day-to-day activities.
One of the best ways to recover from such an injury is to visit a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist is a medical professional qualified to treat diseases, deformities, and injuries through physical methodologies, such as exercises, massage, and heat treatment. From sore backs to misbehaving knees, a top-quality physio can help.
To assist with your search for a physiotherapist in the Canberra region, we’ve put together this list. After reading through our readers’ feedback and comments, the following clinics are our top picks.
Let’s get straight to it.
What Makes a Reliable Physiotherapist
When it comes to your health, you want the very best. You should always feel like your wellbeing is in safe hands.
To guide you in the right direction, we’d like to share a short list of characteristics and traits we believe all of the best physiotherapists in Canberra have.
- Relevant qualifications. Here in Australia, it takes years of university study and professional training to become a qualified physiotherapist. Then, the graduate must become registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. Finally, all physios must complete 20 hours of refresher training each year.
- Passionate and genuine. The best physiotherapists truly have your best interest at heart and are passionate about helping their clients overcome life’s hurdles. They take the time necessary to treat every patient with care, and they never rush through appointments.
- Friendly and professional. Most people see their physiotherapists on a regular basis, whether that’s for check-ups, exercises, or massages. Getting along with your physio makes the whole experience much more pleasant.
- Understanding. The best physios are compassionate and can understand the unique challenge you may face while recovering.
- Effective. Your physiotherapist may be qualified, passionate, and friendly, but if their recommendations and treatments aren’t effective, what’s the point?
Agree with our list? If there’s anything you’d add, let us know below.
The Top 5 Canberra Physiotherapists According to You
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Based in Dickson, they specialise in Sports Physiotherapy and Integrative Physiotherapy: the combination of the latest in scientific research and advanced manual therapy. The business is headed up by the highly qualified Phil Patton who uses a combination of the Integrated Systems Model (ISM), Visceral and Neural Manipulation, Lymph Drainage Therapy and movement based therapy. Phil uses a holistic approach that focuses on addressing the underlying reason for your condition, rather than just providing pain relief. Physio Connection also has extended opening hours and Saturday appointments. Health fund rebates are available.
Here. is a beautiful wellbeing studio located in Canberra’s Inner-North suburb of Downer. They’re a little different, as their approach to physiotherapy is based on a highly personalised service at all times. This is reflected in their longer appointment times (50 minutes), only offering one-on-one sessions, and the strong emphasis placed on patient education (they take the time to explain what’s going on in your body and importantly, why its happening). Facebook reviewer Janette says: “A huge shout-out to Charlie whose brilliant sessions have got me moving again – and with dramatically less pain from some hip osteoarthritis. And all this in such a beautiful, peaceful, nourishing space.”
Ensuring every client is given a professional assessment is top of mind for Roz, regardless of your fitness level. Their services include treatments for headaches and migraines, post operative rehab or general sporting conditions. From the dance floor to the roller derby rink and every kind grass pitch, Roz and her team have experience in treating various injuries from many different arenas. Facebook reviewer Aiden says: ‘Wonderful staff and amazing physio. Would highly recommend Atlas to anyone seeking physiotherapy!’
Spanning across 3 locations in Kingston, Crace and Turner the team at CSPORTR are easy to see and their user friendly online booking system makes it even easier! Rob, Gav and the team specialise in Physiotherapy, remedial massage and musculoskeletal screenings. Google reviewer Keiran says: ‘Rob and Gav are fantastic physios and very experienced with sports injuries.’
Principal Physiotherapist, Craig Wisdom, shows his name’s meaning in how he runs this practice. Through wisdom and experience the team of 7 specialises in physiotherapy, podiatry and massage. Craig prides himself on giving all of his first time patients a long consultation to find out the best treatment for the best results. Google reviewer Irene says: ‘Always professional. Got an appointment really quick!’
Who did you pick?
Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra Physiotherapists.
If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based Physiotherapists. Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?