Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession concerned with function and movement. The goal of physiotherapy is to maximize an individual’s potential. Physiotherapy is an autonomous profession, that is, practitioners make their own clinical judgements and treatment choices.
Physiotherapists identify and make the most of movement ability through treatment, rehabilitation, health promotion and preventative advice. Physiotherapists are primary healthcare providers.
Core skills used by physiotherapists include manual therapy (hands on treatment), therapeutic exercise and the application of electrophysical treatment. Physiotherapists work with a broad variety of physical problems especially those associated with the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
These are examples of the areas physiotherapists work in: