What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy in some regions, is a healthcare profession that focuses on promoting, restoring, and maintaining physical function and mobility. Physiotherapists, or physical therapists, work with individuals of all ages who may have medical conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities. The goal of physiotherapy is to help individuals achieve optimal physical functioning and improve their overall quality of life.

How do we work?

All our Physiotherapists have specialist experience in supporting adults or children who have an acquired brain injury or other complex neurological needs. We work closely with case managers, families, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals (MDT’s) to provide comprehensive care. Physiotherapy is a client-centered profession, and therapists work collaboratively with individuals and MDT’s to set goals and achieve meaningful outcomes that improve overall well-being and quality of life.

When working with brain injury clients, all our therapists have three to five years’ experience and work as part of a team, carrying out joint visits and goals alongside other professionals as well as being able to feedback and speak confidently in MDT meetings.

What Assessments do we offer?

  • Assessment: Physiotherapists conduct thorough assessments to evaluate a person’s physical condition, including strength, flexibility, range of motion, posture, and overall mobility. They also consider the individual’s medical history and specific needs.
  • Diagnosis: Based on the assessment, physiotherapists diagnose physical problems and develop treatment plans tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. These treatment plans are designed to address specific impairments and functional limitations.
  • Intervention: Physiotherapists use a variety of interventions to help individuals improve their physical function. These interventions may include therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, joint mobilization, stretching, strengthening exercises, balance training, and other techniques.
  • Education: Physiotherapists educate individuals about their condition and provide guidance on exercises, postural awareness, and ergonomic principles to prevent future injuries and promote overall health.
  • Pain Management: Physiotherapy is often used to manage and reduce pain associated with musculoskeletal conditions, injuries, or chronic diseases. Therapists may use modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation.
  • Rehabilitation: Physiotherapists play a crucial role in the rehabilitation process after surgeries, injuries, or medical treatments. They work to restore strength, mobility, and function and assist individuals in returning to their normal activities.
  • Prevention: Physiotherapists work on preventive measures, providing advice on maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle to reduce the risk of injuries and chronic conditions.

Physiotherapy is applicable to a wide range of conditions, including orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders, neurological conditions, cardiovascular and respiratory issues, and sports injuries. It is commonly utilized in various settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private clinics, and sports facilities.

Physiotherapists collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care and often work as part of a multidisciplinary team. They may also focus on specific areas within physiotherapy, such as pediatric physiotherapy, geriatric physiotherapy, or sports physiotherapy, depending on their training and interests. Overall, the aim of physiotherapy is to optimize physical function, enhance mobility, and improve the overall well-being of individuals.