What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a science based healthcare profession that promotes recovery in illness, injury or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice.
The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery, enabling people to stay in work while helping them remain independent for as long as possible.
At the core is the patients 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 system of the body, such as:
- Neurological (stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s)
- Musculoskeletal (back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries, arthritis)
- Cardiovascular (chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack)
- Respiratory (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis)
Physiotherapists work in a variety of specialisms in health and social care. At the clinic our physios specialise in musculoskeletal conditions, which is anything associated with muscles, bones, nerves, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and joints.
What is Physiotherapy used for?
Physiotherapy can help at any time in your life and in many different ways, depending on your needs and circumstances. Physiotherapy can be helpful in managing a long term medical conditions such arthritis or injury. Treatment can reduce pain, increase mobility and return you to your normal activities. You can also recover faster from illness and avoid hospital admissions with the help of a physiotherapist.
A physiotherapist can show you how to lift objects safely and how to maintain a good posture in different situations. This can lower your risk of getting injured or developing musculoskeletal problems. They can advise you on staying fit and healthy as you grow older through lifestyle changes like regular exercise. If you find it hard to climb stairs or get in and out of bed, bath or car, a physio can teach you how to get around those problems.
The main focus of a physiotherapist’s treatment is always to help you remain as independent and active as possible.