'Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability.' 'Through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment' - CSP (2015)
Physiotherapy has been used to treat people with injury, illness, pain & disability for decades. Physiotherapists take a holistic approach to improve or maintain health & well-being. At the heart of the profession is:
- Manual therapy
- Education & Advice
Physiotherapists also strive to prevent disease & disability, enabling people to prolong their fitness, function & independence.
Physiotherapists train for 3 years at Honours degree level to become Chartered human practitioners, which includes a large amount of clinical placement, with a practical hands-on bias. They learn to manage a variety of problems, including musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular & respiratory conditions. Many then specialise in a specific field of interest to develop their expertise in more depth.
Physiotherapy is growing in the veterinary field. Animals can gain the same benefits as humans, helping to manage pain, recover movement, speed up healing, build strength & improve quality of life
Family pets, working, competitive or racing animals can all need help to recover from injury, surgery, illness or loss of fitness & performance. Physio can also support older animals & help to prevent problems
Chartered Physiotherapists use a variety of rehabilitation tools:
- Manual therapy - massage, myofascial release, trigger point release, joint mobilisations, stretches
- Electrotherapy - neuromuscular electrical stimulation, laser, ultrasound, electromagnetic therapy
- Exercise therapy - mobility, strength, stability, balance & cardiovascular, owner/handler/rider programmes, hydrotherapy
- Education & advice - your animal's environment, husbandry, handling, behavioural, training