An introduction to Physiotherapy

An introduction to Physiotherapy

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy helps to reduce pain, restore movement and promote function after someone has been affected by injury, illness or disability. Physiotherapy can be a stand alone medical intervention or used in conjunction with other treatments. Physiotherapists approach patients holistically and encourage participation of the patient in their own care. 

Do Physiotherapist require special training?

Physiotherapists study at University for three years, covering both theoretical and practical knowledge. They graduate with a bachelor of science degree often with honors. Physiotherapists are encouraged to continue their own professional development throughout their career by regularly attending courses and reflecting on their clinical practice. 

Physiotherapy is a protected title, meaning that all physiotherapists in the United Kingdom are registered with the Healthcare Professions Council. The council ensures that all of its members are appropriately qualified and meet certain competence, cultural and ethical standards.

When is Physiotherapy used? 

Physiotherapy can be useful across a range of clinical settings, to include:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions- Such as back pain, sports injury or osteoarthritis. 
  • Neurological conditions- Such as stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) or parkinson’s.
  • Cardiovascular- Such as heart attacks, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis. 

What to expect during a Physiotherapy Session? 

Physiotherapy routinely begins with an initial assessment. This is where the physiotherapist will question and examine the patient in order to establish what treatment is appropriate. 

This is followed by an intervention. In a private setting, this is can to include manual therapy techniques, acupuncture, electrotherapies, and exercise based rehabilitation. In the NHS, Physiotherapists are subject to greater time constraints and often opt for an exercise based approach. 

It is common for a patient to require a course of Physiotherapy. This can vary in its frequency and duration depending on the type of injury, illness or disease. 

The importance of doing your exercises  

As part of your treatment, your physiotherapist will prescribe certain exercises to help with your rehabilitation. These exercises can speed up the healing process, reduce the risk of injury and provide markers of progress. Despite the importance of these exercises, studies show that 7 out of 10 patients do not complete their home exercise plan. This is the equivalent of being prescribed antibiotics for an infection and then not taking them! 

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