Physiotherapy

physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a type of therapy that can help ill, injured or disabled people recover movement and function to their full potential.

Physiotherapy takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care.

Examples of approaches used in physiotherapy include:

  • movement and exercise – taking into account a person’s current level of health and their specific requirements
  • manual therapy techniques – where the physiotherapist aids recovery by using their hands to relieve muscle pain and stiffness, and encourage blood flow to an injured part of the body
  • other techniques – such as heat, cold and acupuncture to ease pain

 

Physiotherapy helps to treat physical problems linked to a number of the body's systems, including:

  • musculoskeletal – bones, joints and soft tissues
  • neuromuscular – the brain and nervous system
  • cardiovascular – heart and blood circulation
  • respiratory – the organs that help you breathe, such as the windpipe (trachea), voicebox (larynx) and lungs