Physiotherapy is a client-focused, health profession dedicated to improving quality of life through the promotion of mobility, physical activity, wellness and function; the prevention of disease, injury, functional decline, and disability; and the management and rehabilitation of acute injuries and chronic conditions to optimize physical performance and prevent re-occurrence or re-injury. Physiotherapy is shaped by scientific evidence and is based in the movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids to address the changing needs of our population and our health system. Physiotherapists utilize diagnostic and assessment procedures and tools to develop and implement preventive and therapeutic interventions.
Physiotherapists encourage clients participate in a team approach to health service delivery.
Physiotherapy interventions include, but are not limited to: education, consultation, and health promotion; personalized therapeutic exercise to improve strength, range of motion, function and performance; soft tissue and manual therapy techniques; including tissue mobilization, spinal and peripheral joint mobilization and manipulation; physical, electrotherapeutic and mechanical agents; acupuncture; cardiorespiratory techniques; functional testing and training; prescription, and application of assistive, adaptive, and supportive devices and equipment; return to work planning; and environmental changes to remove barriers to function.