Physiotherapy is a health care profession that works with people to identify and maximise their ability to move and function. Functional movement is a key part of what it means to be healthy.

This means that physiotherapy plays a key role in enabling people to improve their health, well-being and quality of life.

Physiotherapy has a broad scope of practice that includes manual therapy, exercise and movement, electro therapy, acupuncture, massage and other physical approaches.

Physiotherapy is an autonomous profession, this means that physiotherapists can accept referrals for assessment from range of sources: from an individual or from other people involved with that individual.


Examples of approaches used in physiotherapy include:

Movement and exercise - taking into account a person’s current level of health and their specific requirements.

Manual therapy techniques - where the physiotherapist aids recovery by using their hands to relieve muscle pain and stiffness and encourage blood flow to an injured part of the body.

Aquatic therapy - a form of physiotherapy carried out in water.

Other techniques - such as heat, cold and acupuncture to ease pain.

Abigail Goldsborough, Marylebone, London