Physiotherapy is a health care profession with a science foundation. The range of work is very broad and varied and involves working with people to promote their own health and well being.
Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function to as near normal as possible when someone is affected by injury, illness or by developmental or other disability.
Chartered Physiotherapists combine their knowledge skills and approach to improve a broad range of physical problems associated with different 'systems' of the body.
In particular they treat neuromuscular (brain and nervous system), musculo-skeletal (soft tissues, joint and bones), cardiovascular and respiratory systems (heart and lungs and associated physiology).
People are often referred for physiotherapy by doctors or other health and social care professionals. Increasingly, as a result of changes in health care, people are referring themselves directly to physiotherapists without previously seeing any other health care professional.
Physiotherapists work autonomously, most often as a member of a team with other health or social care professionals.
Physiotherapy practice is characterised by reflective behaviour and systematic clinical reasoning, both contributing to and underpinning a problem-solving approach to patient-centred care. Extracted and modified from information provided by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists.