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Helping a Disabled Friend

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides funding to eligible people with disability to gain more time with family and friends, greater independence, access to new skills, jobs, or volunteering in their community, and an improved quality of life.


The NDIS connects anyone with disability to the appropriate services in their community.

The role of Physiotherapy for NDIS clients

Physiotherapy plays an important role in helping patients with disabilities to improve their mobility, strength, and overall function.


This may include exercises to increase range of motion, muscle strengthening, and activities to improve balance and coordination. Physiotherapists also provide education on proper body mechanics and the use of assistive devices such as crutches or wheelchairs as well as work with patients to manage pain and improve their overall quality of life. 

Overall, physiotherapy can help patients with disabilities to achieve greater independence and improve their ability to participate in daily activities.

The role of Exercise Physiology for NDIS clients

Exercise physiology is a subspecialty of physiotherapy that focuses on the use of exercise as a form of therapy for individuals with chronic health conditions or disabilities. This includes conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Exercise physiologists can assist with developing an individualized exercise program that takes into account the person's specific needs and goals. This can include activities such as strength training, cardiovascular exercise, balance training, and stretching.

Exercise physiologists provide education on how to safely and effectively perform exercises and provide ongoing support to ensure the individual is making progress towards their goals. They can also work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors and occupational therapists, to ensure that the individual's exercise program is safe and appropriate for their condition.

Regular exercise can help to control weight, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Additionally, exercise can help to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall quality of life.


How can a Physiotherapist help with my condition?



Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques to help patients with NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) manage their conditions and improve their physical function. These techniques can include:

  1. Exercise therapy: This can include exercises to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination.

  2. Manual therapy: This includes techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and manipulation to improve mobility and reduce pain.

  3. Education and advice: Physiotherapists can provide education and advice on how to manage symptoms, prevent injury, and maintain overall health and well-being.

  4. Assistive devices: Physiotherapists can recommend and fit assistive devices, such as crutches, walkers, or orthotic devices, to help patients with mobility.

  5. Modalities: Physiotherapist may use modalities such as ultrasound, TENS, dry needling and other treatments as needed to manage pain and improve function.

It's important to note that the specific techniques used will depend on the patient's individual needs and goals, and a physiotherapist will create a treatment plan that is tailored to the patient.

How can an Exercise Physiologist help with my condition?



Exercise physiologists use a variety of techniques to help people with disabilities improve their physical fitness and overall health. These may include:

  1. Resistance training: This type of training uses weights, resistance bands, or other equipment to help build muscle strength and endurance.

  2. Cardiovascular training: This type of training focuses on improving cardiovascular fitness and endurance through activities such as cycling, running, or swimming.

  3. Flexibility and balance exercises: These exercises help to improve range of motion and balance, which can be particularly important for patients with mobility issues.

  4. Functional exercises: These exercises focus on replicating the specific activities and movements that the patient needs to perform in their daily life, such as getting in and out of a car or climbing stairs.

  5. Adaptive equipment: Exercise physiologists may use specialized equipment, such as wheelchair-specific exercise equipment, to help patients with mobility issues participate in physical activity.

  6. Motivational Interviewing: Motivational interviewing is a technique that help patients to identify their own reasons for change and to overcome any barriers that they may have to engaging in physical activity.

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