Physiotherapist

A physiotherapist or ‘physio’ for short, uses physical therapy to treat a wide range of conditions which includes sports injuries, neurological disorders, mental illness and chronic complaints. They use a variety of techniques to do so.

Our physiotherapists are trained in all the techniques necessary to treat a wide variety of physical and psychological conditions. They are highly qualified, experienced professionals who often work in conjunction with specialists, surgeons and other staff to achieve the best possible outcome for the patient.

They are members of respected organisations such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and adhere to their rules and strict code of conduct. Plus they also ensure that their knowledge and skills are kept up to date and attend training courses and lectures in order to do so.

Many physiotherapists specialise in a particular area, for example sports injuries in athletes and runners.

What is physiotherapy?

This is a form of physical therapy which uses massage, manipulation and technology to treat an injury or manage a long term disability. It is often used to restore function to a part of the body which has sustained an injury due to an accident or taking part in sport but it can also be used to treat neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and strokes.

Physiotherapy is very useful for patients with cystic fibrosis or who suffer from a chronic lung condition such as emphysema.

The physiotherapist will not only use massage and manipulation but will devise a series of exercises which the patient can do at home. But as well as hands on treatment they will also use electrotherapy such as ultrasound machines and laser therapy to relieve pain and trigger the healing process.

Hydrotherapy (water treatment) is another option.