Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy techniques

By using a number of different approaches and techniques, a physiotherapist can help a person to overcome injury or short-term health problems, or manage long-term disability.

The techniques and approaches that physiotherapists use are wide-ranging and include:

  • Manipulation and Massage
  • Electrotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise instruction and advice
  • Injection Therapy

Physiotherapy techniques and approaches can improve a person's ability to use parts of their body that are affected by a health condition or injury.

For example, arthritis is a chronic condition that causes painful, stiff joints and is often associated with ageing. Physiotherapists can help to keep the joints mobile and strengthen the surrounding muscles. The physiotherapist may devise a program that includes the use of strength training and exercises to help improve co-ordination and balance.

Our Holistic Approach

Physiotherapists usually take a holistic approach, which means they are likely to look at the body as a whole, rather than focusing on individual factors of an injury or illness. For example, back pain can have a number of causes, such as:

  • muscle tension
  • overstretching
  • bending awkwardly
  • standing or bending for long periods
  • lifting or carrying incorrectly

Patient education is an important part of physiotherapy. As well as aiming to improve your strength and mobility, a physiotherapist can also advise you about how to manage your condition more effectively, for example by exercising regularly.