Physiotherapy (also known as Physical Therapy) helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce the risk of injury or illness in the future. It takes a holistic approach that directly involves the person in their own care. Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions such as bones, joints and soft tissues, brain or nervous system, heart and circulation, lungs and breathing.
Physiotherapists and physical therapists are specially trained and regulated practitioners who typically provide manual therapy involving hands on treatment to relieve pain and stiffness and encourage better movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice to improve general health, mobility and strength and education and advice in relation to posture, daily living and ways to prevent injury.