Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is rooted in that part of the medical profession concerned with restoration of movement and recovery from trauma following surgery. They have a thorough training in musculoskeletal issues and consultations tend to emphasise advice on exercise and lifestyle, with less hands on therapy. Physiotherapists have traditionally been hospital based, but private practices are becoming more common.

Philosophy:

Physiotherapists concentrate on movement by trying to restore mechanical function. The prime purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain function, activity and independence and prevent injury or illness through information and advice on healthy lifestyles.

Techniques:

Physiotherapists make use of manual therapy in the form of traction and massage and joint movements, although depending on the complaint, this is not always offered. Therapeutic exercise is an important part of the therapy. Patients can expect a lot of exercise and lifestyle advice. The appliance of electro-physical modalities like ultrasound and tens used to be popular, but these are going out of fashion due to of lack of evidence on effectiveness.

Training:

A Bachelor of science that takes three years and includes 1000 hours clinical experience. This is usually supplemented with additional post graduate professional development courses.

Areas of expertise:

With it’s pedigree in hospital based rehabilitation, physiotherapy is ideal for the management of neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, geriatric care and for rehabilitation following injuries.

Recommendation:

Physiotherapy works well following injury or operation, especially in the area of exercise and lifestyle advice. If you prefer a more “hands off” style then physiotherapy is a good choice.