Happy World Physiotherapy Day
This year's theme for World Physiotherapy Day is osteoarthritis and the role of physiotherapists
NCH&C is celebrating World Physiotherapy Day by helping to raise awareness of the profession and how it helps millions of patients every year with a number of conditions. We have a range of physio videos to launch and we will be talking about osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, and how physio can help prevent this.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future.
It takes a holistic approach that involves the patient directly in their own care. Physiotherapists often work as part of a multidisciplinary team in various areas of medicine and settings, including:
- community health centres or clinics
- some GP surgeries
- some sports teams, clubs, charities and workplaces
Physiotherapists at NCH&C also often undertake home visits.
Physiotherapists consider the body as a whole, rather than just focusing on the individual aspects of an injury or illness. Some of the main approaches used by physiotherapists include:
- education and advice – physiotherapists can give general advice about things that can affect your daily lives, such as posture and correct lifting or carrying techniques to help prevent injuries
- movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice – exercises may be recommended to improve your general health and mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of your body
- manual therapy – where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help relieve pain and stiffness, and to encourage better movement of the body
When is physiotherapy used?
Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages with a wide range of health conditions, including problems affecting the:
- bones, joints and soft tissue – such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and sports injuries
- brain or nervous system – such as movement problems resulting from a stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease
- heart and circulation – such as rehabilitation after a heart attack
- lungs and breathing – such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis
Physiotherapy can improve your physical activity while helping you to prevent further injuries.
We currently have a number of physiotherapy jobs at NCH&C. Find out more and apply here.