Our Mission Statement:

Therapy for Life is a private physiotherapy practice that provides the higest quality evidence based care for people of all ages in the lower South East of South Australia. We are committed to personalized service, providing 30 minute standard appointments. All our physiotherapists adhere to the Australian Physiotherapy Association Code of Conduct and are committed to ongoing professional development to continually improve their skills and knowledge base. We are also committed to the development of the profession and take an active part in the education of medical and physiotherapy students and the community about the profession. Therapy for Life believes in the importance of a multidisciplinary team and will refer and work in conjuction with other health professionals when appropriate. A high value is placed on community invovlement and Therapy for Life supports a number of sporting and community groups.   

What is a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists are university trained professionals who assist people with movement and pain disorders that may be present from birth to older ages. People of all ages and activity levels may benefit from physiotherapy at some point. Physiotherapists are highly trained to assess and manage your condition and reach the optimal outcome possible.

What do Physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists can use a wide variety of techniques to help your body work to its full potential. A key element to physiotherapy is a thorough assessment. This will help the physiotherapist understand what the problem is and how best to improve it. From this they use their scientific training to form a management plan that will produce the best outcome. Physiotherapy can help speed up the healing process, restore normal movement, reduce pain and improve your ability to do things that are important to you. Physiotherapists use a wide range of techniques to achieve the best outcome possible.

These may include:

  • Mobilisation (moving joint back and forth)
  • Exercise - eg., strengthing, control, stretching, endurance, fitness
  • Manipulation (quick thrust to a joint)
  • Taping
  • Massage 
  • Splint making/prescription
  • Muscle re-education
  • Advice - Stragies to encourage best recovery, prevention
  • neural stratigies - eg., mirrior therapy, imagery
  • Assistance with use of aids - eg., splints, crutches

Physiotherapists are regularly evaluting your progress and will modify treatment to produce the best possible outcomes for what you want to achieve.

How are physiotherapists trained?

All physiotherapists must complete a university degree involving high level anatomy, physiology, understanding of pathology as well as in depth clinical training. Australia has a strict registration criteria for this, so you can be assured your physiotherapists well trained.


Physiotherapists also have to complete a compulsory bi-yearly quota of professional development which ensures they are up to date in their knowledge.

How do physiotherapists differ from other health workers?

  • Physiotherapy is a tightly regulate profession.
  • Physiotherapists have a protected title meaning no one can just call themselves physiotherapists. To be a physiotherapist you must undergo extensive university and hospital training.
  • Physiotherapists are subject to registration boards and adhere to strict professional and ethical standards, ensuring a high standard of behaviour and care.
  • Physiotherapists must continue to update their knowledge and skills.
  • Physiotherapists have extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Most other people working in the industry have relatively limited training by comparison and are unregulated. As such they may not have appropriate training to manage your problem and may not manage you safely.
  • Physiotherpists place a high value on in-depth assessment. This means that treatment is tailored just for you and are more likely to get you to your goals.
  • Physiotherapists will give you realistic advice based on anatomy, physiology and clinical experience. This means that you won't get unrealistic timeframes and you better know what to expect.