What is Physiotherapy?
"Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential:
- it uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking into account of variations in health status.
- it is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery.
- the exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core".
The above definition is taken from the CSP curriculum framework (January 2002).
Physiotherapists use manual therapy (including mobilisation and massage), exercise provision and pain relieving modalities (acupuncture and electrotherapy) to promote and maintain the well-being of patients. Using such methods, physiotherapy enables patients to move more freely and easily, therefore improving their health.
Physiotherapy can relieve the pain of sports injuries, arthritis, and joint, muscle and nerve problems.
Physiotherapists are trained to assess the source of any muscle, joint or nerve pain and provide patients with effective drug free treatments to restore mobility and good health, whilst advising patients in how to avoid further problems.