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. Individua