Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement, exercises, manual therapy, education and advice. It is an active and passive therapy where the physiotherapist collects information from you to build up a subjective history, set out a rehabilitation programme and allow you as the patient to take control of your recovery. The active part involves assessing physical attributes such as muscle tone, range of movement and muscle length to gait patterns, balance and coordination. Physiotherapists are members of a professional governing body; the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and are very much an evidenced based profession.
At KH Physiotherapy, your initial assessment will last around an hour and you may be asked to remove some items of clothing. Hands-on assessment is an important part of a physiotherapist role and you will be asked to perform certain movements and tests to help determine the nature of your problem. Physiotherapy isn’t a quick fix to injuries, a large part being education and advice so that as the patient you can begin to understand why you have pain and how to address this to get on the road to recovery. The body will naturally heal over time and it is important to understand this process and how physiotherapy plays a vital role in supporting this process.
Anyone!! Physiotherapists work in a variety of varied roles and settings. At KHPhysiotherapy I work with anyone from recreational runners right through to older adults with more complex needs.