Physiotherapy is a means of improving the movements of the muscles, joints and limbs. It is based on scientific foundations and provides support for traditional medical methods of treatment. Physiotherapy is a diverse discipline and can subsequently be used to treat a vast range of conditions.
Physiotherapy (or physical therapy/kinésithérapie) can be practised in a variety of settings and can treat people of all ages and backgrounds. It is commonly used as a rehabilitative measure as well as a means of improving movement and easing pain.
It is defined by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as,
“Physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status. Physiotherapy is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery. The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.”
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