What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is an autonomous healthcare profession that is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (www.hcp.org.uk). Physiotherapists represent the third largest of healthcare professionals behind nurses and medical doctors and are trained to assess and treat conditions, illnesses and injuries aftecting the body.  Physiotherapists can only practice if they are registered with the HCPC and it is an offence to call yourself a physiotherapist if you are not qualified or registered.  This makes the title of Physiotherapist protected.  

Becoming a physiotherapist requires the completion of a 3 to 4 year degree-based program with competencies gained in over a 1000 hours of clinical attachment before qualification is recognised.  Many physiotherapists go on to train on Masters degrees or Doctorates and will eventually specialise in a given domain.  At Core Body clinic we specialise in problems affecting the musculoskeletal systems, including back pain, neck pain and other joint or sports injuries.  

Physiotherapists develop knowledge and skills to enable clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment to reduce pain, increase and restore movement and improve a wide range of conditions associated with the different systems of the body.  Prior to specialisation Physiotherapists must develop a comprehensive understanding across a wide range of disciplines including: orthopaedics, cardio-respiratory, neurology, paediatrics, geriatric care, sports rehabilitation and musculoskeletal dysfunction.  Therefore, Physiotherapists have a comprehensive knowledge base concerning disease, medicine and surgical procedures. 

Physiotherapy is a science and evidence-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle and wellness.

When engaged in treatment, physiotherapists predominantly use their hands to perform massage, manipulation, joint mobilisation and acupuncture to correct dysfunction and reduce pain.  They are experts in the delivery of rehabilitation and exercise to promote recovery and prevent a recurrance.

Their unique skill set and knowledge ensures they are appropriately placed to deal with and rehabilitate problems associated with functional and sporting activities.

Physiotherapists are world leaders in the changing paradigm of modern healthcare and the understanding of pain.  We are among the best professions placed to deal with back pain, headaches, sports injuries and general mobility problems.

You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time in your life.  The human body is adaptable from age 0 to beyond 90 yrs.  Physiotherapy helps with back pain or sudden injury, managing long-term medical condition such as asthma, and in preparing for childbirth or a sporting event.  

Physiotherapy is both cureative, palliative and preventative.  The skills and abilities of a physiotherapist are endless.  Although physiotherapists predominantly use their hands to treat, they have recently been granted full prescription rights, they are able to inject joints and soft tissue, able to order blood tests and imaging tests for diagnosis and even suture small skin lesions (where appropriately trained).  

If you have a problem affecting movement, sport, or just in pain and you are unsure why - get in touch and ask our physios!