Physiotherapy is practised by physiotherapists or more commonly called physios and have to be registered with the Health Professional Council, this is also the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists but this is optional.
This comes from a long history of physical therapy modules. Physiotherapists are concerned about the way the body functions, and using a physical therapy based approach, look to restore physical and functional balance. Today physiotherapy has developed many approaches to the treatment.
The physiotherapist will consider why the injury came about, the maintaining factors such as work practise, posture or disability; a treatment plan is then formulated.
A physiotherapist uses various physical approaches such as mobility, soft tissue work and exercises for rehabilitation.
The physiotherapist looks to impart the knowledge and necessary skills for the patient to take responsibility to improve and maintain their health.
Physiotherapists are trained to diagnose problems in the joints and soft tissues of the body, and will carry out a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan for your particular problem. Physiotherapy for your injuries or your low back pain etc provides a wide range of treatments to relieve pain, promote relaxation and restore movement. They include manipulation, mobilisation and massage. Exercise may also be used to increase general fitness or to strengthen muscles which support the spine. If you are prone to back pain, a physiotherapist can also offer preventive advice.
Physiotherapy uses various approaches such as:
Soft tissue release
Muscle energy techniques
Lymphatic drainage massage
Stretching and exercise progression
Advice on lifestyle management
Physiotherapists can treat a variety of conditions and ailments, such as;
Spine / disc problems
Neck pain, including whiplash, rta injuries
Upper limb problems, including shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand i.e. frozen shoulder, carpel tunnel, golfers elbow, tennis elbow.
Lower limb problems, including hip, groin, knee, ankle and foot i.e. shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, foot pain.
Accidents and injuries i.e. sports injury, fall.
Muscle, joint, tendon and ligament problems
Sprains, strains and overuse
Arthritis, joint swelling, stiffness and pain
Work related problems i.e. repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Mobility / walking problems
After surgery rehabilitation i.e. hip / knee replacement, arthroscopy
Long term pain