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Physiotherapy is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of physical difficulties / disabilities. Physiotherapy aims to improve, develop and support any physical difficulties experienced by individuals of any age or ability.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession which manages individuals with physical difficulties / disabilities. Physiotherapy treats both children and adults of all ages and abilities with a variety of conditions and problems. Physiotherapists treat physical difficulties which are the result of a condition, illness, accident or part of the ageing process.

Physiotherapy assesses, identifies and treats any physical difficulties. Physiotherapy aims to maximise an individual's movement potential through a variety of interventions and approaches.



What is aphysiotherapist and what do they do?

A physiotherapist is a health professional who assesses, identifies and treats physical difficulties / disabilities.

Physiotherapists work with both adults and children of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings. Physiotherapists commonly work in:

  • Educational settings
  • Community clinics
  • Patient's home
  • Hospitals (both acute and outpatient)
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
  • Leisure and sports organisations

Physiotherapists treat physical difficulties due to a variety of underlying problems and conditions. Physiotherapists work with a variety patient groups which include:

  • Outpatients
  • Elderly care patients
  • Intensive care patients
  • Stroke patients
  • Paediatric patients
  • Patients with mental health problems
  • Patients with learning difficulties
  • Patients with neurological conditions
  • Patients with physical disabilities

Physiotherapists use a set of core skills when managing individuals with physical difficulties which include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Application of electro-physical modalities
  • Exercise programmes
  • Hydrotherapy

How do physiotherapists treat Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other related conditions?

Many individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other related conditions will commonly experience physical difficulties / disabilities. Many children with ASD often experience a delay in their motor skills milestones e.g. crawling, sitting, standing and walking. Individua