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At Square One it is important for patients to be involved in their own care, through education, awareness and participation in their treatment. Physiotherapy helps people affected by injury, illness or disability by restoring movement and function, encouraging development and facilitating recovery, through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Our team of physiotherapists are trained healthcare professionals who work in many areas such as managing long-term medical conditions, neurology, orthopaedics, sports, paediatrics and workplace health.
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and well-being, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.
What do Physiotherapists do?
Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with the different systems of the body and consider the body as a whole, rather than just focusing on the individual aspects of an injury or illness. A patient’s involvement in their own care is essential. This is achieved through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment. Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to improve a range of conditions associated with the different systems of the body. These include:
- Neurological (Stroke, Parkinson’s)
- Neuromusculoskeletal (Back pain, sports injuries)
- Cardiovascular (Chronic heart disease, rehabilitation following a heart attack)
- Respiratory (Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis)
Physiotherapists use some of the following approaches:
- Education and advice – Physiotherapists can give general advice on work-related posture, including correct lifting or carrying techniques.
- Movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice – Exercises may be recommended to improve general health and mobility and to strengthen specific parts of the body.
- Manual therapy – Physiotherapists can use hands-on treatment techniques to help relieve pain and stiffness and to improve flexibility and joint mobility.