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What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with helping to restore wellness to people following injury, pain or disability. 
Physiotherapists are autonomous health professionals who are responsible for developing, maintaining or restoring movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan using evidence-based practice. They relieve pain and treat or prevent physical conditions associated with injury, disease or other impairments. 
Physiotherapists empower patients and their carers to manage their condition outside the clinical settings. Physiotherapists help people whose movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury or disease, and identify and maximise movement potential through promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy.

Chartered Physiotherapists are experts in movement throughout the lifespan - from birth right through to old age.

If you have trouble with any aspect of body movement, a Chartered Physiotherapist has the expertise to find out why. Their training and expert knowledge of how the body works allows them to help people - whether ill, injured, disabled or healthy - to exercise and to regain or improve their function.

Using knowledge from our extensive scientific background of human anatomy and physiology, Chartered Physiotherapists can help to:
  • Assess, diagnose and treat injuries and conditions that affect people in all ages and social groups.
  • Assist a patient to prevent injury in the workplace or on the sports field.
  • Promote healthier lifestyles for all.
Chartered Physiotherapists use mainly physical means such as exercise, manipulation, mobilisation, massage and electrotherapy to help patients achieve their full potential. 
Traditionally, physiotherapy was regarded as rehabilitative and mainly hospital-based, but the profession has always been active in other health care areas. 
Physiotherapists have invaluable expertise to offer in educational and preventative roles in the community, the workplace and in private practice.
Because the scope of the physiotherapy profession is so broad and varied, many Chartered Physiotherapists choose to specialise in one or two particular fields. However, Chartered Physiotherapists are all dedicated to the same goals:
  • To help people achieve their full potential following injury, pain or disability.
  • To provide a health service that is accessible, effective and humanitarian.
  • To continue to undertake scientific research and training to improve our service.
  • To provide a service that is based on high standards of care and practice

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