What is Physiotherapy?

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Simply put, physiotherapy can be explained by the following:

  • Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Physio must graduate from study minimum a 3-year degree study program
  • They must be a full member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) to be classified as a Chartered Physiotherapist
  • Physios help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease
  • Conditions that physiotherapists treat:
    • Neurological (e.g. stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s), Neuromusculoskeletal (e.g. back pain, whiplash associated disorder, sports injuries, arthritis)
    • Cardiovascular (e.g. chronic heart disease, rehabilitation after heart attack)
    • Respiratory (e.g. asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis)
    • Physios are involved in education, research and service management



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