About Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists have different titles in different countries: in many countries they are called physical therapists. Some countries have their own version of the word physiotherapist, such as kinesiologist, but they are all part of the same profession.

Physiotherapists provide services that develop, maintain and restore people’s maximum movement and functional ability. They can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors.

Physiotherapists help people maximise their quality of life, looking at physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. They work in the health spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapists are qualified and professionally required to:

  • undertake a comprehensive examination/assessment of the patient/client or needs of a client group

  • evaluate the findings from the examination/assessment to make clinical judgments regarding patients/clients

  • formulate a diagnosis, prognosis and plan

  • provide consultation within their expertise and determine when patients/clients need to be referred to another healthcare professional

  • implement a physiotherapistintervention/treatment programme

  • determine the outcomes of any interventions/treatments

  • make recommendations for self-management