Physiotherapy, A Comprehensive Solution To Restoring Movement

Special thanks to our partner, Heartland Rehab for co-creating this article with us.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is the treatment of injuries and diseases through movement, exercise, hands-on treatment, and modification of bio-psychosocial factors. Physiotherapists use a variety of treatment to restore function and movement, such as manual therapy, electro-physical modalities, targeted exercise, and education. These help to alleviate pain, regain normal range of movement and strengthen muscles such as around the shoulders and knees. With a thorough assessment, diagnosis and treatment, the main goal of physiotherapy is to get the client back to doing what they love without pain or restriction.

Is Physiotherapy safe?

Yes! Physiotherapy is 100% safe and evidenced-based. Physiotherapy is also recognised as a government healthcare provider under Allied Health sector in MOH. All practising physiotherapists must be registered and licensed under the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC).

As qualified healthcare professionals, physiotherapists are well-equipped to triage patients to determine if they are safe to proceed with physiotherapy treatment, or if they require referral to other medical professionals such as general practitioners, surgeons, occupational therapists and so on. Physiotherapists are also qualified to understand and interpret investigation results for x-ray, ultrasound and MRI.

Does Physiotherapy Hurt?

Physiotherapy sessions should not be painful. Most physiotherapy treatments are aimed at providing long-term relief from pain. Sometimes, manual therapy such as massage and joint mobilizations may cause some discomfort when in session. However, this is done with the goal of permanently reducing pain at the end of the whole treatment.

You may also experience some low levels of discomfort when you are exercising, but rest assured that the exercises prescribed are manageable and safe for your rehabilitative needs.

Do I Need Scans Before Seeing A Physiotherapist?

Going for a scan can be expensive in Singapore, not to mention the long waiting times. Thankfully, a trained physiotherapist is able to diagnose issues through examining the injury and without the use of scans. While useful, ultrasound, X-ray or MRI may commonly result in “abnormal” findings in everyone. Therefore scans are recommended when diagnosis is uncertain and management of the injury would be different depending on the underlying condition.

Who Should See a Physiotherapist?

Whether you’re suffering from a disease, medical condition or sporting injury, you should see a physiotherapist if you are experiencing any pain or injury of a musculoskeletal origin (relating to muscles, bones, tendons or ligaments). We also deal with post-operative cases such as ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff surgery and spine surgery. 

A physiotherapist can treat many conditions such as

• Joint injuries and sprains
• Muscle strains
 Ligament sprains
 Bone fractures
 Joint and muscle pain
 Slipped disc
 Nerve injuries
 Frozen shoulder
Parkinson’s disease
Repetitive strain injuries
Sports injuries
Cervicogenic headaches

How Much Does Physiotherapy Cost?

An average outpatient physiotherapy session in Singapore ranges between $120-$250. Each session usually lasts for 45 to 60mins. An average home physiotherapy session in Singapore ranges between $180-$300. Each session usually lasts for 60 mins.

What Can I Expect During a Physiotherapy Session?

During your first session, your physiotherapist will interview you to have a better understanding of your injury and rehabilitation goals. This will be followed by a physical assessment. A detailed explanation and diagnosis will be explained to you before proceeding onto treatment.

The subsequent sessions will follow the same format, with the physiotherapist periodically re-assessing and marking your improvements, so as to progress and advance your exercises accordingly.

6 Physiotherapists in Singapore to Seek Treatment From


1. Clinical Pilates Family Physiotherapy (Kembangan)

Address: 17 Jln Masjid, #01-02, Singapore 418942

Other outlets include:

Anson – 79 Anson Rd, #21-01, Singapore 079906
– 101 Irrawaddy Road, Royal Square Medical Centre #18-03, Singapore 329565
– 27A Loewen Rd, Singapore 248839

Opening hours: Bookings have to be made by appointment only.

Click here to book your appointment

2. PhysioDass Spine & Sports Rehab

Address: 79 Anson Rd #21-01, Singapore 079906

Other outlets include:

Dempsey – 27A, 30B/C Loewen Road

Opening hours: Bookings have to be made by appointment only.

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3. River Physio

Address: 791 Bukit Timah Road #02-01, Singapore 269764

Opening hours: Mon – Sat 8AM-9PM | Closed on Sun

Click here to book your appointment.

4. The Rehab Studio

Address: 79 Anson Road #21-01, Singapore 079906

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9AM-8PM | Sat & Sun 9AM-5PM | Closed on Public Holidays

Click here to book your appointment.

How can Lexly help?

With our verified practitioners such as Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Sports Massage Therapists, TCM and more, Lexly seeks to help you better understand your treatment options. Browse our website to find out more about what treatments our practitioners offer or find a find a physiotherapist near you

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