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The Best Physiotherapists in Canberra

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Phil Patton from Physio Connection

Phil Patton, Integrative Physiotherapist from Physio Connection in Dickson. Photo: Region Media.

It’s a fact: sports injuries and other physical discomforts can be a real pain to get over. Recovery can be particularly taxing if your discomfort prevents you from enjoying other aspects of your life, like work or social activities.

Whether you’re experiencing headaches, a sporting injury, knee pain or a complex illness like chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, a physiotherapist may be able to improve your condition. A physiotherapist is a medical professional qualified to treat diseases, deformities and injuries through physical methodologies. These include exercises, massage and heat treatment.

But what qualities should you look for in a physiotherapist, and where can you find the best in Canberra?

Read on to find out.

What to look for when choosing a physiotherapist

As with any other type of health professional, physiotherapists have different backgrounds, personalities and areas of expertise. To find one that’s compatible with you and your needs, we recommend keeping an eye out for the following traits:

  • Ability to listen and understand your condition. Every patient is unique. A tailored approach needs to start with the ability to listen to each patient. If you feel your concerns aren’t being taken seriously, or you aren’t being heard, consider working with a different practitioner.
  • Holistic approach. From sprained ankles to chronic back pain, all conditions affect multiple body systems in different ways. Look for a physiotherapist that takes a holistic approach, assessing and treating every system in the body.
  • Compassion. It’s no secret that ill health can make us feel vulnerable. Your physio should be empathetic and compassionate so that you feel supported.
  • Expertise and qualifications. The best therapists are life-long learners. Finding a physio with up-to-date knowledge and qualifications is essential to ensuring you receive the best treatment possible.
  • Experience. It takes many years of university training, on-the-job experience and professional development to become an effective therapist. Finding someone with appropriate experience will improve your outcome from treatment.

The best physiotherapists in Canberra – 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.

Physio Connection

Physio Connection

Dickson-based Physio Connection specialises in sports physiotherapy and integrative physiotherapy, which combines the latest in scientific research and advanced manual therapy.

Led by qualified physiotherapist Phil Patton, Physio Connection uses a combination of the integrated systems model, visceral and neural manipulation, lymph drainage therapy and movement-based therapy.

Phil’s holistic, therapeutic approach complements standard physiotherapy. He works with the body in a way that acknowledges the vast connections between all the systems. He is open-minded to all possibilities in order to achieve the best outcome.

Physio Connection offers extended opening hours and Saturday appointments. Health fund rebates are also available.

Here’s what client Sam had to say about his experience at Physio Connection on Google Reviews: “I was relieved to experience Phil’s integrated approach to healing and physio. I saw Phil was dedicated to, and passionate in, his work, and it came through in his service.”

Level 1, 1-5 Woolley St
Dickson ACT 2602

KT Physiotherapy

KT Physiotherapy specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy (i.e. headaches, neck pain, back pain, pelvis pain) and women’s health physiotherapy (i.e. pre- and post-natal, pelvic floor issues, abdominal separation).

Based in Weston, KT Physiotherapy is run by qualified physiotherapist Kaitlyn Tandy. Kaitlyn’s approach involves looking at the person as a whole and attempting to identify underlying influences and causes to a presenting problem.

Here’s what happy customer Carly had to say about KT Physiotherapy on Google Reviews: “Kaitlyn is amazing, figured out my back pain was coming from my neck and pelvis. 5 sessions later and I’m pain free after years of back pain. You won’t regret going.”

REBOOT Physiotherapy

Led by qualified physiotherapist Rebecca McRae, REBOOT Physiotherapy has a clear focus on finding the cause of each patient’s symptoms. All initial consultations are scheduled for one-hour so that there is plenty of time to share your story and for Rebecca to complete a thorough assessment and treatment.

Client Kate shared her experience at REBOOT Physiotherapy on Google Reviews: “Great results achieved by being treated by Rebecca. Online booking system works well and is easy to use.”

SportsTec Clinic

SportsTec Clinic is a multidisciplinary physiotherapy practice on the Kingston Foreshore that strives to provide the best patient experience, evidence-based treatment and optimal clinical outcomes. In addition to offering physiotherapy services, its team also provides massage, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, pilates and nutritional guidance.

Client Kat shared her experience with SportsTec Clinic in a Facebook review: “Legitimately the BEST physios I’ve seen in my 15+ years of playing sport. I’ve never felt like I was in such good hands!”

Your experience with physiotherapists in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.
Have you had experience with any of the physiotherapists listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

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zllauh zllauh 3:54 pm 06 Jul 15

Hi namgib,

One of our neighbors kid had issues with his speech, He was quite young but was not able form words or sentences nor clarity in his words.

They had taken their kid to http://neurospace.com.au/ and the results surely speaks !

He was a lovely kid, pity we had relocated but when ever we bump into them while doing groceries it is amazing to see the little one grow up too quick and talk so much !

My 2 cents.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 3:51 pm 09 Jan 11

Enhance – now on Flemington Rd Mitchell – now run on weekends and evenings. Great gang, with Samantha Teoh my favourite. And Selina is a serious masseur.

namgib namgib 9:24 pm 06 Jan 11

Thanks guys I will look into them tomorrow.

Padoof Padoof 7:25 pm 06 Jan 11

Berg’s Physio at Erindale (and now Deakin) are open on Saturdays and have appointments available from 8am until 6pm weekdays. My family have seen about 4 of the physio’s there, we love them!

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meggsy meggsy 2:06 pm 06 Jan 11

I can highly recommend Jennifer Kellett Physiotherapy in the Bindubi Chambers in Hawker (Opposite KFC) I used them a while back so I can’t remember their hours but I seem to recall I had fairly late appointments….it is worth checking. Their phone number is 62552033.

madmad madmad 12:45 pm 06 Jan 11

SportsCare Physio at O’Connor shops is open on Saturday mornings: http://www.sportscarephysio.com.au/?section=6&sub=1. I’ve never been there myself, so can’t comment on the quality of the treatment…

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