Physiotherapy, also referred to as physical therapy, is one of a range of allied health professions, which, through the use of evidence-based massage, physiotherapy instruction, movement, rehabilitation, electric and manual therapies, and exercise prescription, are designed to improve the condition of patients. Physiotherapy encompasses a large number of treatment options and is a clinically-sound complementary medical practice, which has been used for hundreds of years and is used in a wide range of settings including hospitals, community-based clinics, and rehabilitation facilities, such as nursing homes.
As one of the first forms of treatment following an accident or illness, physiotherapy can help patients cope with pain and disability resulting from accidents or disease. It can help patients regain control over their movement and can help with balance and coordination. It can also help patients learn how to use various equipment, such as wheelchairs and exercise bikes, to enable them to function better at home or in the workplace.
Physiotherapy is used to rehabilitate a wide range of physical injuries, conditions, or conditions. These include musculoskeletal disorders such as muscular strain, sprains, strains, tears and bruises, as well as neurological conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. This form of complementary medical practice has also been effective in addressing emotional stress, depression, anxiety, anger management, and substance abuse. It can also be beneficial in addressing sexual dysfunction, muscle tension, or urinary and reproductive issues, as well as other physical conditions or disorders, such as sleep problems or chronic fatigue syndrome.
The aim of physiotherapy is to return patients to a functional state that enables them to facilitate the rehabilitation process. As well as rehabilitation therapies, physiotherapists may recommend exercises, stretching, massage, and other treatments to address specific problems and enhance overall performance and function. For example, patients with specific motor impairments and conditions may benefit from using exercise machines and/or physiotherapy equipment, while patients suffering from spinal cord injuries may benefit from physiotherapy exercises and/or exercises and rehabilitation.
Physiotherapy is also very helpful in providing rehabilitation services to patients who have experienced trauma. It can help patients to identify and treat specific problems and to improve overall recovery. This form of complementary medical practice is also highly regarded in many other settings, such as in the rehabilitation of injured athletes and patients recovering from injury and illness.
In recent years, more research has been carried out into the effectiveness of complementary health practices. This includes research into the effectiveness of physiotherapists and the benefits of physiotherapy in helping patients and families.