What is physiotherapy?

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Physiotherapy is a healthcare discipline concerned with promoting health and preventing disease by examining, diagnosing, treating, and rehabilitating impairments and disabilities that affect the nervous, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary systems.

Put another way, physiotherapy treats functional limitations arising from injuries and diseases that affect muscles, joints, and bones, as well as the nervous (brain, nerves, spinal cord), respiratory (lungs), circulatory (blood vessels), and cardiac (heart) systems.

Physiotherapy seeks to help patients regain maximal physical capacity according to their own potential for recovery. To this end, physiotherapy professionals employ a variety of treatment methods including manual techniques, exercises, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, and heat therapy and cold therapy.

These methods encourage patients to participate in their own recovery so they can acquire the physical abilities needed to function in society, perform daily activities, succeed at work, and participate in leisure and sport activities.