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Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can help with a wide range of muscle and joint problems as well as well as helping restore movement and function due to illness or disability.

When is Physiotherapy used?

Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions, including problems affecting the:

    • bones, joints and soft tissue – such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and sports injuries
    • brain or nervous system – such as movement problems resulting from a stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson's disease
    • lungs and breathing – such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis

Physiotherapy can improve your physical activity while helping you to prevent further injuries.

Physiotherapists

Physiotherapy is provided by specially-trained and regulated practitioners called physiotherapists.

Physiotherapists often work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in various areas of medicine and settings, including:

    • hospitals
    • community health centres or clinics
    • some GP surgeries
    • some sports teams, clubs, charities and workplaces

What physiotherapists do

Physiotherapists consider the body as a whole, rather than just focusing on the individual aspects of an injury or illness.

Some of the main approaches used by physiotherapists include:

    • education and advice – physiotherapists can give general advice about things that can affect your daily lives, such as posture and correct lifting or carrying techniques to help prevent injuries
    • movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice – exercises may be recommended to improve your general health and mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of your body
    • manual therapy – where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body

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