What is physiotherapy?
Many people experience a number of physical difficulties, such as problems with strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination due to cancer or treatment for cancer. Physiotherapists work with people to optimise their function and mobility, and promote independence and quality of life.
Lifehouse physiotherapists offer services to inpatients including:
- Providing walking aids to allow for more independent mobility
- Prescribing strengthening, balance and stretching exercises
- Early mobilisation and prevention of complications after surgery
- Education on falls prevention
- Providing exercises and strategies to promote optimal respiratory function
Andrew To is a physiotherapist working in Lifehouse’s LivingRoom. He trained at the University of Sydney, before working in a number of aged care facilities and private hospitals.
Andrew provides patient education, advice on self-management strategies, and manual therapies, including joint mobilisation, dry needling, taping and trigger point release, to help patients during treatment and in their everyday activities. The treatments are designed to provide relief from pain and to help patients regain function.
Andrew came to work at Lifehouse after working with oncology patients in other settings and seeing the impact physiotherapy could have on their quality of life. He is particularly interested in the positive impact physiotherapy can have on managing pain and aiding recovery.