Physiotherapy is a diverse discipline based on scientific foundations that is used to treat a wide range of conditions associated with the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Practitioners’ use a physical approach to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status.
Physiotherapy can benefit people of all ages affected by injury, illness or by a developmental or other disability. It is commonly used as a rehabilitative measure, as well as a means of improving movement and easing pain. Clients are often referred for physiotherapy by doctors or other health and social care professionals.
Treatment techniques used in clinic include:
- Manual techniques such as massage, manipulation, joint mobilisation and stretching
- Therapeutic exercise prescription
- Electrotherapy modalities such as ultrasound, interferential and TENS
- Heat and cold therapy
- Correction of posture, lifting and sporting techniques
- Taping and the use of orthotics or splints