What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy (often abbreviated to ‘physio’) aims at improving the way we move and function – especially after an injury, illness, or surgery. Physiotherapy promotes and restores health by helping the body adapt to the demands placed upon it. This is often achieved through reducing pain and improving mobility and strength, while training the body and nervous system to function in a pain-free and injury resilient capacity. Physios use is a mix of rehabilitative exercises, hands-on treatment, dry-needling, taping, medical technology (Shockwave, TECAR , EMS, ultrasound) to improve how muscles, ligaments, nerves, and joints function.

Physiotherapists are movement and exercise experts, able to implement a range of strategies for the needs of each patient. Some Physiotherapists, such as some physiotherapists like Vivian Mok at Calibrate do additional specialist training to become a Vestibular Physiotherapist to treat conditions of the inner ear and dizziness/vertigo.

Physiotherapists can treat a wide range of injuries and issues such as:

  • Joint pain and dysfunction
  • Ligament sprains and tears
  • Pre & post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Nerve pain (such as sciatica)
  • Sports injuries
  • Spinal and disc pain
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain and strains
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Tendinitis and tendinopathy
  • Headaches

At Calibrate we aim to be the best physiotherapists in Singapore always using evidence-based approaches. We not only treat injuries, but help with getting back on your feet after surgery, prevent injuries, and improve function and performance for people of all ages and backgrounds. By having a deep, expert understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics we can get to the root of whatever is holding you back – whether it is pain or some aspect of your performance.

What to Expect

Detailed case history, medical history and lifestyle

An in-depth assessment will be completed, which includes asking for detailed information about your symptoms and how they affect your daily life or sporting activities. We will also ask questions relating to your lifestyle and habits to better understand you. 

Biomechanical assessment

Then your physiotherapist will guide you through various tests to isolate the problematic area, systems, and/or movement patterns. Our tests will assess muscle strength, range of motion, nerve function, coordination, posture, and balance for a holistic assessment and diagnosis. If beneficial, your physiotherapist will be able to guide you towards any further testing such as MRIs or blood tests, or towards any other health professionals who may be necessary.

Personalised treatment

Once a diagnosis is confidently reached, a personalised physiotherapy treatment plan is developed to help you reach your goals. Treatments such as manual therapy, corrective exercises, massage, or dry needling will be performed by your physio with your prior consent, and any exercises will be practised in the clinic with your physios supervision. You will most likely have exercises to perform in your own time to maximise the benefit of your physiotherapy appointment. At Calibrate we aim for long-lasting results, quick fixes don’t exist.


No matter your age, health or goals, we are determined to make a positive impact on your life. We have helped thousands of people out of pain, or to out perform their expectations.