Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that looks at people of all ages and assists with the rehabilitation process by improving patients’ mobility through developing and restoring the functions of the body. The profession believes that movement is key to the health of individuals and so physiotherapists focus on helping people to maximise their movement after an accident or illness, and keep people moving by offering advice on preventing further physical damage.
Physiotherapists work in hospitals and private practices treating a range of aliments in young children, the elderly, professional sportsmen and sportswomen, pregnant women and teenagers. They can treat:
To find out more about the types of conditions physiotherapists treat read the ‘Conditions Physiotherapists Treat’ (LINK) feature. Because of the wide variety of conditions physiotherapists treat they use a range of treatment techniques and equipment to help improve a patient’s health. These include massage, manipulation, heat treatment, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, and therapeutic exercise.
Ideally, if you do choose to see a physiotherapist for treatment you should opt for a chartered physiotherapist or registered physiotherapist. This means they are registered with the Health Professionals Council (HPC) - an independent UK regulator of physiotherapists. To find out more about how to select a physiotherapist read the ‘How to Find a Physiotherapist’ (LINK) article.