Staying physically well as you age lets you enjoy more of what you love. ECH Physiotherapists can help with a range of physical issues so whether your goal is knitting without wrist pain or having the strength and balance to walk unaided, they can help.

How can an ECH Physiotherapist help?

ECH Physiotherapists are qualified health professionals, experienced in treating older people with a range of health issues.

This could include overcoming physical barriers to maintaining independence caused by a stroke, heart attack, multiple sclerosis or other condition.

They can also assist to regain strength and mobility for walking after an injury or surgery or simply help with everyday aches and pains like back, knee, hip, wrist pain or pain caused by arthritis.

Your Physiotherapist will work with you to understand your goals and assess and diagnose your condition.

Common goals could relate to any aspect of your life, such as being able to:

  • complete the housework independently and without pain
  • have the strength and balance to look after the garden
  • get back to dancing
  • be able to go to watch the footy and make it up the stairs in the ground
  • knit without wrist pain
  • build up the strength to walk without a walking aid
  • manage chronic back pain

Each person is unique so your goals may be different to the ones here, these are a guide to show you the areas in everyday life that Physiotherapists can help with.

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Using your goals, your ECH Physiotherapist will develop a care plan taking into account your health and lifestyle.

Your plan could include an exercise program to improve your strength, movement and flexibility or regular therapeutic massages to release tight muscles, relieve stress and promote relaxation. You will also have access to a range of physical therapy equipment if needed.

Your ECH Physiotherapist can also work closely with your GP and any of your other health practitioners to make sure you can achieve your goals. You do not need a referral from your doctor to access the services of an ECH Physiotherapist.

Ken cruising again after his stroke

Ken visits the ECH Wellness Centre at Victor Harbor three times a week to work on an exercise program developed by his ECH Physiotherapist.

“I have benefitted greatly from the program the staff have developed for me,” says Ken.

“They are very caring and encourage me. You can tell the staff are not there because it’s their job, it’s because they want to help people like me to lead a normal way of life.”

Ken’s health and mobility has improved so much that he was able to go on a cruise to New Zealand.

“We have been on a few cruises before, but after my stroke I didn’t think it would be possible to go and walk on the decks and go on tours,” says Ken. “With the help of ECH I was able to do that.”

Service locations and fees

Appointments with qualified ECH Physiotherapists are available in ECH Wellness Centres at College Grove, Henley Beach, Morphett Vale and Victor Harbor or in the comfort of your own home.

Whatever your age, ECH wellness services are available to you on a self-funded basis. If you have private health insurance you may be able to seek rebates from your provider.

If you are 65 or over, you may qualify for a Home Care Package (HCP) and you may be able to use some of this funding to access ECH wellness services, including physiotherapy.

If you have a chronic health condition, speak to your GP about how you might be able to access ECH physiotherapy services under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

To learn more about ECH physiotherapy services or to book a consultation, call ECH on 1300 275 324.