Physiotherapists help people of all ages who have physical
problems caused by illness, accident or ageing. They also work with stroke
patients, children and people who have mental health problems. An important
part of a physiotherapist's role involves understanding the cultural,
psychological and social factors that affect their patients.
Physiotherapy, sometimes referred to as physio, helps people
to improve their range of movement in order to promote health and well being.
This can help people to live more independently. In particular,
physiotherapists concentrate on problems that affect muscles, bones, the heart,
circulation and lungs. Physiotherapy involves a range of treatments, including
manipulation, massage, exercise, electrotherapy and hydrotherapy.
Physiotherapy techniques can improve the ability to use
parts of the body that have been affected by disease or injury. For example,
arthritis is a long-term condition that causes painful and stiff joints.
Physiotherapy can help to keep the joints mobile (able to move) and strengthen
the surrounding muscles.
Physiotherapists may work in hospitals, private practices or
with the social services. Working with the social services, for example, they
provide care in the community for elderly people.