What is Physiotherapy?

June 20, 2022

What is a Physiotherapist?

} Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that works with people to identify & maximise their ability to move & function

} In the UK, a Physiotherapist is qualified at least to degree-level and many also study for a Masters and beyond

} In the UK, Physiotherapists are governed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP)

} Physiotherapists are experts in human movement and have a key role in prevention, identification, assessment, treatment and (p)rehabilitation.

} Physiotherapists support people at all stages to recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness, increase mobility and movement, and maximise function and quality of life, incorporating physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing.

} They use their knowledge & skills to identify what is limiting an individual’s movement & function, & to help individuals decide how to address their needs

} Physiotherapists recognise that physical, psychological, social & environmental factors can limit movement & function.

} Physiotherapists provide services related, but not limited to, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic function, neurological function, respiratory function, cardiovascular function, sexual function, visual function, vestibular function, and prescription of assistive devices (orthotics).

} Physiotherapy is an autonomous profession: accepting and using referrals, and being responsible of its own development through practice, education and research to ensure its workforce continues to be fit for purpose.

 

How do they apply their knowledge?

Physiotherapy can offer a range of interventions, services and/or advice to improve individuals' health & wellbeing. These interventions can be implemented and modified in order to reach agreed goals and interventions may include but are not limited to:

§ Education(functional training in self-care, home management, work, community, and leisure)

§ Therapeutic Exercise

§ Prescription, application, and fabrication of devices/equipment (assistive, adaptive, orthotic, protective, supportive, prosthetic)

§ Airway Clearance Techniques

§ Breathing Techniques

§ Integumentary repair and protection techniques

§ Physical agents and mechanical modalities:

§ Manual therapy techniques (including mobilisation/manipulation)

§ Electrotherapy

§ Thermotherapy

§ Cryotherapy

§ Dry needling

§ Acupuncture

Where does a Physiotherapist Work?

Physiotherapists are very versatile and flexible, which allows them to work on:

~ Public, private, and voluntary sector settings.

~ Hospitals- in outpatients, on medical and surgical wards and in specialised units(intensive care, coronary care, burns and rehabilitation centres).

~ Community and Primary Care Health Centres (Health Centres or home visit) with women’s health, neurological, respiratory conditions and many more.

~ Schools and Universities.

~ Workplace- providing ergonomic assessments, pre-employment screening, risk management and educating workers in correct lifting and handling techniques;

~ Rehabilitation centres

~ Private clinics

~ Adult care,

~ Child/infant care

~ Research

~ High performance and conditioning training centres.

~ Neurological care clinics/ centres

~ Respiratory care clinics/centres.

 

What do the Physiotherapists do at LEAR?

Our Physios work alongside the Sports Therapists and Sports Rehabilitators at LEAR to provide a wide range of services:

# Assessment and treatment of injuries

# Exercise prescriptions

# Soft Tissue therapy (remedial massage)

# 1:1 and 2:1 training sessions in Pilates or in the gym

# Group class teaching - Mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates, Hybrid training (in the gym)

# Health Assessments - setting the foundation for your personal programme at LEAR

# Test sessions - testing someone's current level of strength according to their goals

# Writing strength training programmes to progress the individual following their test session

# Continued Professional Development - ensuring their knowledge and skills are always growing and supporting each other to learn

References:

 

·        CSP Physiotherapy Framework Mat 2020.

·        Physiopedia.

 

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