Physiotherapy - What Is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession involved with diagnosis and treatment of person's who have difficulty moving or performing functional activities because of a condition or health problem, often without drugs or even surgery. Physiotherapy is sometimes called physical therapy in other countries.

Role of Physiotherapy as a Client-Focused Profession

The most important person in physiotherapy treatment is you, the client. Physiotherapy is dedicated to
  • Relieving your pain, preventing and managing impairments or disabilities, and achieving your highest possible function.

  • Improving and maintaining your movement independence and physical performance.

  • Promoting injury prevention and overall health and wellness.

  • Ultimately, improve your quality of life.

Physiotherapy, often, does not involve medications in treating "musculoskeletal" conditions affecting your movement or ability to perform your daily activities. Physiotherapy involves thorough evaluation and examination to find the cause of the problem. From the results of the evaluation and examination, your physiotherapy practitioner, called physiotherapist, will create an individualized treatment plan for you.

Physiotherapy Treatments

Depending on your specific problems and goals, your physiotherapist may employ a combination of the following:
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Functional training
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Assistive and adaptive devices
  • Physical agents, such as cold and heat
  • Electrotherapeutic modalities like ultrasound (US) and electrical stimulator (ES)

Another important part of physiotherapy is client / patient education. Your physiotherapist will provide you information about your condition; injury prevention; and home management or exercise program, among other things.

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