What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a profession related to healthcare that is concerned with human function and movement. Physiotherapy involves working with people of all ages to promote their own health and well being and to restore their movement and function to as near normal as possible when they have been affected by injury, illness, developmental or other disability. A Physiotherapists work includes health promotion, preventative healthcare, treatment and rehabilitation. It may include working with people of all ages with their family and carers where appropriate. Physiotherapy uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well being.
What do Physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists use their knowledge, skills and approaches to improve a wide range of physical problems associated with the body. This could include neuromuscular, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and respiratory systems. Physiotherapists commonly work as a part of a team with other health and social care professionals. Physiotherapy practice consists of reflective behaviour and clinical reasoning. Together these form a problem solving approached to patient centred care. People are commonly referred to physiotherapists by doctors or other health and social care professionals. However some do refer themselves to physiotherapy privately.
All of our physiotherapists at Manchester physio are chartered physiotherapists. The skills of physiotherapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and electro-physical modalities. A physiotherapists approach is determined by insight into the psychosocial, cultural and social factors that influence the individual being treated.
What types of Physiotherapy are there?
There are many different types of physiotherapy treatments for a wide range of conditions that people may suffer. Our physiotherapists at Manchester physio use various types of physiotherapy:
- Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
Musculoskeletal physiotherapy deals with disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal is a term that includes muscles, bones, joints, nerves, tendons, ligaments and spinal discs. A physiotherapist treating musculoskeletal disorders may treat sports injuries, neck pain and headaches, back pain and sciatica, knee pain, shoulder pain injuries, fractures and dislocations, work related problems and others.
Surgical physiotherapy deals with rehabilitation of a person after they have had surgery. A surgical physiotherapist may deal with patients that have had any type of surgery. A physiotherapist may treat a person who has had surgery on any part of their body to try and help rehabilitate it back to its normal functioning before the surgery was performed.
Neurological physiotherapy is the treatment of people who have a neurological disorder. Neurological disorders are those which affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves. A neurological physiotherapist may deal with a wide range of conditions in relation to neurology. A physiotherapist will treat a person who has neurological disorders to try and rehabilitate their functioning to the best ability they are able to.
Paediatric physiotherapy is the physiotherapy treatment of children. This can range from premature babies to adolescents. Paediatric physiotherapists work in the same way as any other physiotherapists, ensuring optimal movement and function of the individual they are treating. Paediatric physiotherapists treat a wide range of conditions these can include neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory disorders and surgical. The paediatric physiotherapist will assess the child and provide advice for the carer/parent and family on handling, positioning and treatment through play and exercise. The paediatric physiotherapist will work on treating the child making it fun and enjoyable for them.
Pain physiotherapy is the physiotherapy treatment for different types of pain or pain syndromes a person maybe experiencing. A pain physiotherapist will work towards getting an individual back to normal movement and functioning, control and relieve pain and maximise a personís ability to continue with their daily activities.
Amputee physiotherapy is the physiotherapy treatment for individuals that have had amputations. The amputation could be to any part of their body. Amputee physiotherapists will help to rehabilitate and restore function or find alternative ways to cope with the loss of a body part. Physiotherapy will help them to cope with amputation and enable them to continue with their normal daily activities with adaptations.
Rheumatology physiotherapy is the physiotherapy treatment of individuals who suffer from rheumatic disease. Rheumatology physiotherapists focus on optimal function and independence for the individual suffering from rheumatic disorders. The physiotherapist will provide information of the condition for the patient making it easier for them to understand their condition and how to cope in the long term. The physiotherapist will work alongside the patient to try and help them to maintain their optimal functioning and movement by setting goals.
- Learning difficulties
Physiotherapy for learning difficulties aims to help patients who have trouble with their learning find it easier with their rehabilitation. The physiotherapist will work closely with them conducting goals with them which are easily understandable and easy to follow. The physiotherapist will take into account any learning difficulties a person may have and work with them in the most convenient way for the individual with the learning difficulty. This could mean working with the parent/guardian and family to teach them ways of helping with the treatments.
- Womenís Health
Womenís health physiotherapy is physiotherapy that relates treating specific womenís disorders. Womenís health physiotherapy may include rehabilitation with pregnant women, women with incontinence problems, women that suffer from back pain and any other problems that are specific for women.
Respiratory physiotherapy is physiotherapy treatment of individuals with respiratory disorders. This will include a wide range of respiratory conditions. The respiratory physiotherapist will work their best to provide treatment that will enhance a personís quality of life and ensure they are able to cope with their respiratory condition whilst rehabilitating them to their best ability.
- Mental Health
Mental health physiotherapy is physiotherapy that aims to help rehabilitate those people who may suffer from mental health disorders. The physiotherapist will have a very good understanding of a wide range of mental health disorders. The physiotherapist will then be able to work the patient taking into consideration any mental health disorders they have working closely on their rehabilitation with themselves and their carer/parents and family.
- Menís Health
Menís health physiotherapy is physiotherapy that treats Menís health disorders, this could include bladder and bowel incontinence and pelvic floor disorders. The menís health physiotherapist will work towards achieving goals set by the individual and the physiotherapist. They may work on helping to control incontinence problems and/or helping with confidence.
Vestibular physiotherapy is physiotherapy that treats vestibular disorders. The vestibular system consists of the organs of the inner ear concerned with balance and spatial orientation. These include dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. The physiotherapist will work on restoring balance and improving the effects of a vestibular disorder.