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:
- 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
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. Individuals with ASD and other related conditions also often have difficulties with their coordination and balance.
Physiotherapists can help any of the above difficulties which are experienced by individuals with ASD and other related conditions. The physiotherapist will carry out a detailed assessment, which will assess the individual's physical movement in a range of activities and exercises to determine the type and severity of the individual's difficulties.
Following an initial assessment the physiotherapist will devise an individualised treatment plan which will be tailored to the individual's specific needs, abilities and preference on treatment.
Physiotherapy will offer a range of interventions and approaches to help individuals with ASD and other related conditions; however the type of intervention chosen will differ for each individual.
Physiotherapy is highly beneficial for individuals with ASD and other related conditions and is additionally beneficial in encouraging and helping individuals to participate in physical activity, thus promoting communication and social skills.
Physiotherapy is concerned with the assessment, identification and management of physical difficulties / disabilities for individuals of all ages and abilities. Physiotherapists treat individuals with a variety of physical difficulties as a result of injury, illness or other conditions. Physiotherapy will aim to maximise an individual's movement potential through a variety of interventions and approaches.
If you feel that you would benefit from physiotherapy and would like to book an appointment with one of our specialist physiotherapists please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03300 886 693.