What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a treatment that aims to improve joint and muscle function. It can help to relieve pain and enhance movement. Physiotherapy is also used to restore function and fitness. This includes flexibility, strength and coordination.
What is a Physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist is a registered health care professional. They specialise in maintaining and improving movement and mobility.
They use ‘hands-on’ techniques to relieve symptoms. This can include massage, mobilisations and electrotherapy. They also give advice and prescribe exercise to support recovery.
Physiotherapists can help injuries affecting the muscles, joints and nervous system.
Most physiotherapists have completed a three-year degree course. They can then register with health and care professions council (HCPC)
Membership of the HCPC is a minimum requirement as Physiotherapy is a protected title.
A Chartered Physiotherapist has membership with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). This is not a requirement to practice. However, most employers expect it.