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What do physiotherapists do?

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Problem solving

Chartered physiotherapists combine their knowledge and skills to identify an individual patient's functioning needs and improve a broad range of physical problems associated with different systems of the body.

For example, they treat neuromuscular (brain and nervous system), musculoskeletal (soft tissues, joints and bones), and cardiovascular and respiratory systems (heart and lungs and associated physiology).

Physiotherapists work autonomously, most often as a member of a team with other health or social care professionals. They may be employed or self-employed and can work alone. Physiotherapy practice is characterised by reflective behaviour and systematic clinical reasoning, both contributing to and underpinning a solution focused approach to patient-centred care.

Promoting health

Physiotherapists are not only there to solve problems - they are also there to help prevent them from arising in the first place.

Each person makes different demands of their body, depending on their lifestyle and the activities they carry out. How their body responds to those demands is governed by a range of factors, including their overall physical condition.

A physiotherapist can help you find the best way to use your body to maximise your strengths, eliminate bad habits and put minimal strain on weaker areas, to help you enjoy a more full and healthy life.

Protected profession

Physiotherapy is a protected profession, which means that it is regulated by law to ensure that only people who have passed state approved training courses and have registered with the state regulator, may practise. The state regulator for physiotherapists is the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Only those people who register with the HCPC may call themselves physiotherapists and practise physiotherapy autonomously.

And only physios who are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy may call themselves chartered physiotherapists.

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