Physiotherapists have an extensive scientific background of human anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. They use this expertise to help people at any stage of life, from birth to old age, to regain, maintain or improve their movement and functional ability, maximising health. Physiotherapists provide these services to those individuals and populations whose function is threatened by ageing, injury, disability, disorders, diseases, conditions and/or environmental factors, and to those who are not.
Physical means such as exercise, mobilisation and manipulation, and professional education and advice are offered to help patients achieve their full potential.
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.
World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)
Physiotherapists are required to:
Carry out a thorough assessment of the patient, evaluate its findings and thus formulate a diagnosis, prognosis and plan of treatment.
Liaise with the multidisciplinary team to promote a patient-centered and holistic approach
Promote healthier lifestyles, recommend self-management strategies and assist in the prevention of injuries in any environment such as the workplace
Undertake scientific research and training for continuous professional development
Provide a health service that is accessible, effective and humanitarian, and is based on high standards of care and practice