Physiotherapy is a health care profession that works with people to identify and maximise their ability to move and function. Functional movement is a key part of what of what it means to be healthy. This means that physiotherapy plays a key role in enabling people to improve their health, well being and quality of life.
Physiotherapists recognise that physical, psychological, social and environmental factors can limit movement and function. They use their knowledge and skills to identify what is limiting an individual’s movement and performance, and help individuals decide how to address their needs.
Physiotherapy’s values means that practice is person -centred, ethical and effective. The Royal Charter gives physiotherapy a broad scope of practice that includes manual therapy, exercise and movement, electro therapy, acupuncture, massage and other physical approaches.
Physiotherapy is an autonomous profession, this means that physiotherapists can accept referrals for assessment from range of sources: from an individual or from other people involved with that individual.