What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential. It is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and receiving the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery, (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy January 2002).

Physiotherapists are chartered and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and the Health Professions Council (HCP). This means they have at least 3-4 years training and have achieved a high standard to become members of the CSP

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

This term relates to physiotherapy of the musculoskeletal system. This involves muscles, bones, joints, nerves, ligaments, cartilage and spinal discs. It uses physical approaches that involve not only manipulation but also manual assessment and treatment techniques.

Treatment techniques:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Mobilisations
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Electrotherapy
  • Advice and education on posture/ movement disorders
  • Advice on pain management


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