What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them to remain independent for as long as possible.Physiotherapy deals with restoring and maintaining functional movement, reducing pain and promoting health in individuals.
As physiotherapists, we treat a wide array of conditions including:
- Spinal pain and injuries (e.g. disc prolapse)
- Sports injuries (e.g. ligament tears)
- Fractures (e.g. broken arm)
- Musculoskeletal problems (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Post-surgical rehabilitation (e.g. following a knee replacement)
- Biomechanical problems (e.g. “flat feet”)
- Arthritic conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis)
- Neurological disorders and diseases (e.g. stroke)
- Cardiothoracic conditions (e.g. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorders)
What physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.
Physiotherapy is a degree-based healthcare profession. Physios use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body, such as:
- Neurological (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s).
- Neuromusculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries, arthritis).
- Cardiovascular (chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack).
- Respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis).