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What IS Physiotherapy?

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💡 ‘The Executive Summary’

➡️ Physiotherapy is an ‘evidence-based health care profession concerned with human function and movement seeking to maximise physical potential, and quality of life’.

➡️ It uses a multi-faceted approach to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, acknowledging that the whole person affects recovery potential.

➡️ Physiotherapy is for anybody, at any stage of life, who identifies that they have a movement and function problem, threatened by age, injury, disease, disorders, conditions or environmental factors.

➡️ The power of Online Physiotherapy is that it uses this very evidence-based approach of active-movement rehab alongside science-based advice.

➡️ Conversely, face-to-face Physio tends to lean too heavily upon touch/passive movements, which will lead to poorer results than Online Physio… the very results we see

Introduction: "What is Physiotherapy?"

Now, if you have absolutely no idea what Physiotherapy, Physio, Physical therapy is, then you are in the right place! All of those ‘Phys’ words just mentioned.. they are ALL the same thing.

Physio is the shortened term of Physiotherapy, and this full word is used commonly in the UK, Australia, Canada….and basically everywhere but the US. Those of the American variety, use the term Physical Therapy, very much with the same root words – ‘phusis’ and ‘therapaia’ which you can learn more about in our short video here. Finally, kinesiologist is used (rarely) in places such as South America, but in most countries this is a different profession entirely – but with some crossovers.

Physiotherapists also have different titles in different countries, such as Doctor in the US, and simply no additional names in the UK. There doesn’t appear to be any difference in the quality of care, and in factt 

So now, that is cleared up, let us move onto the meat of this topic…

Human function, movement and maximising physical potential.

Physiotherapy is an evidence-based profession concerned with human function and movement seeking to maximise physical potential. This is the description given bWorld Physiotherapy – who we think have a pretty strong handle on the Physio world…

Physiotherapy is concerned with identifying and maximising quality of life and movement potential within the areas of health promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation[1].

It is for anybody, at any stage of life who identifies that they have a movement and function problem, where they are threatened by age, injury, disease, disorders, conditions or environmental factors [2].

Physiotherapists use a multi-faceted approach to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being acknowleding the whole person affects the whole potential [3].

movement is medicine

EVIDENCE EVIDENCE EVIDENCE

evidence based physio

Physiotherapy is an evidence-based clinical health science, and practitioners are required to use treatments only if their effectiveness has been demonstrated in scientific research. This is exactly where Online Physiotherapy is rooted. In science-based advice alongside active-based rehab [4]. This is the potency of Online Physiotherapy.

MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE.

There is worldwide consensus that ‘movement’ is the core expertise/business of physiotherapy. Typically this is biased towards movement by a practitioner, but almost always, it is the movement of the individual which makes the difference.

Physiotherapists help people maximise their quality of life, looking at physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. They work in the health spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, and rehabilitation.

movement is medicine

THE ROLE OF THE PHYSIOTHERAPIST?

assessment of patient

Physiotherapists are qualified and professionally required to:

  • undertake a comprehensive examination/assessment of the patient/client or needs of a client group
  • evaluate the findings from the examination/assessment to make clinical judgments regarding patients/clients
  • formulate a diagnosis, prognosis and plan
  • provide consultation within their expertise and determine when patients/clients need to be referred to another healthcare professional
  • implement a physiotherapist intervention/treatment programme
  • determine the outcomes of any interventions/treatments
  • make recommendations for self-management

What is the Power of Online Physiotherapy?

  • The power of Online Physiotherapy is that it uses this very evidence-based approach of active-movement rehab alongside science-based advice [4]
 
  • On the opposite side of the pond, in-person Physio tends to lean too heavily upon touch and passive movements. This will lead to poorer results than Online Physio due to the very nature of giving time to techniques which are not based in the evidence and ultimately provide a slower return to activities… the very results we see!

💡 In Conclusion

 

Your Physiotherapy experience should be your Physio listening to you, asking the precise questions, soaked in evidence, soaked in advice and soaked in an active rehab programmes. If you spend the majority of your time during your Physiotherapy sessions lying on a couch then question if you are being ‘fixed’ (a misnomer) or being educated, advised and given the tools in order to get better!

Finally, if you are unsure if you need Physiotherapy, or if Online Physiotherapy can assist you, then we are currently offering a free 15-minute screening call, in which you can book in on the link.  Or, if you need urgent Physio advice and attention then book in below.

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