Physiotherapists help people to move and function in the best way possible if they have experienced an injury or disability. Undergraduate training takes 3 years and requires extensive supervised practice before qualification. Many therapists then undertake further postgraduate training. Most Physiotherapists in the UK are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Physiotherapists are trained to complete a thorough assessment of your needs, including talking about your medical history and looking at how you move. Thy then use a variety of treatment techniques to help you achieve your goals. These may include:
- Exercises to improve how your joints and muscles work to help you to move more easily
- “Hands on” techniques such as massage and joint mobilisations
- Educating you on your health conditions
- Advice on a variety of issues such as medications, exercise and diet
- Helping you to discuss your needs with other healthcare professionals
How Do Physiotherapists Work?
Physiotherapists work in a range of settings, from sports teams to care homes. However, the goal of their input is always the same: to work holistically with you to help you achieve your goals. Usually this will involve you taking an active role in your recovery, so you can feel in control.
Research shows us that Physiotherapy is effective throughout your life. Although techniques used will vary, Physiotherapists see great results whether working with an elite athlete or with an older adult with several health concerns.
What Areas Do Physiotherapists Help With?
Physiotherapists support people in a range of settings including:
- Bone and muscle problems; such as back pain or recovering from a hip replacement
- Older People’s Rehabilitation; these Physiotherapists are specialists in working with older adults, often looking at issues surrounding falls and mobility
- Neurological condition, including peoples who have experienced a stroke or have a condition such as Parkinson’s
- Paediatrics; specialist Physiotherapists support children with a range of issues
- Respiratory conditions; helping you to manage breathlessness and other breathing problems
At Severn Physiotherapy, we offer home visits for a variety of health needs. If you think Physiotherapy may be of help to you or someone you know, get in touch today for a no-obligation chat about your needs.