“Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential”

  • It uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status
  • It is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery
  • The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.”

The following definition is taken from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).

‘Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession which sees human movement as central to the health and well-being of individuals. Physiotherapists identify and maximise movement potential through health promotion, preventive healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation. Physiotherapists on a daily basis help and treat people of all ages with physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing, utilising core skills including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the application of electro-physical modalities. Physiotherapists, due to their HOLISTIC APPROACH TO TREATMENT also have an appreciation of psychological, cultural and social factors which influence their clients.’

Places of Work

Nowadays, more and more physiotherapists work outside of the traditional hospital setting, which allows them to treat patients closer to home. A lot more physiotherapists are now working within the community, whether they are employed by the NHS, GPs, private investors or local councils.

Often, they can work within:

  • Businesses and places of work
  • Specialist schools
  • The private sector (for example, in private practice)
  • Places of education
  • The leisure & sport industry

Physiotherapy: The Full Picture

Many people believe that physiotherapists only deal with muscular conditions, but this is definitely not the case. Most physiotherapists will have worked in a hospital at some point in their career, where they will have been needed in virtually every department, from general out-patients to intensive care.

The following are just a few of the areas in which physiotherapists work:

  • Outpatients ward
  • Intensive care unit
  • Women’s health
  • Care of the elderly
  • Stroke patients
  • Orthopaedics
  • Helping those with mental illness
  • Working with people with learning difficulties
  • Treating those with occupational health issues
  • The terminally ill
  • Paediatrics

Working as a physiotherapist in any of these places is all about teamwork. As well as being able to build up a rapport with your patients, it is equally important to maintain communication with their relatives or carers, as well as occupational therapists, GPs, health visitors, district nurses and social workers. We believe that all of the physiotherapists that we recommend on our site have the necessary experience, qualifications and personal skills to ensure a quick and effective recovery for their patients.