A simple definition of physiotherapy might suffice but with physio
being such a complex subject, any definition tends to be equally
World Federation of Physical Therapy
formally described Physical Therapy (Physiotherapy) as "providing
services to people and populations to develop, maintain and restore
maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan"
Their full description is over a page long and as
I am sure that is too much, I thought that giving a brief description
of some of the more common treatments
would help give an understanding and appreciation of how physiotherapy
can help you.
Click on the Treatments
page for these more common treatments and potential ailments.
Aim of Physiotherapy
The basic aim of physiotherapy is to help alleviate pain and restore
normal movement and function patterns to help return the body to
its natural state.
Physiotherapy includes the assessment, diagnosis,
planning, intervention and evaluation of a patient's treatment.
includes the examination of individuals with actual or potential
injuries, functional limitations, disabilities, or other conditions
of health and may be done by history taking, screening and the use
of specific tests and measures and finally evaluation of the results.
arises from the examination and evaluation of the assessment tests.
begins with understanding the need for intervention and the potential
action that may require to be taken, all with the patient's consent.
may include manual handling; movement enhancement; electrotherapy;
functional training and exercise plans; provision of supports or
appliances; instruction and counselling and long-term management