Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means.
Physiotherapists are experts in analysing movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life changing events.
Physiotherapy can help you recover from injury, reduce pain and stiffness and increase mobility. A physiotherapist can also help you prevent further injury by listening to your needs and working with you to plan the most appropriate treatment for your condition, including setting goals and treatment outcomes.
As first contact practitioners, a doctor's referral is not necessary to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists work as part of a team with doctors and other health professionals to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.
Treatment methods may include;