Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy and education. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain, injury recovery and illness.
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. The goal of treatment, developed with clients individually, is to optimize safety and independence with their activities of daily living.
Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with different systems of the body, such as:
- Neurological (such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s)
- Musculoskeletal (such as back pain, injuries, post-surgery recovery, arthritis)
- Cardiovascular (such as chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack)
- Respiratory (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).