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



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 physical activity while helping  prevent further injuries.



You will be asked to complete an online Intake form before coming to your first appointment.  This will enable the Physiotherapist to be well prepared for your visit.

You may wish to wear light clothing (eg shorts, vest) to enable your physiotherapist to better assess and treat you.

Your physiotherapist will assess your symptoms to determine if physiotherapy treatment is right for you and your condition, and what techniques are most likely to help. They are trained to recognise when physiotherapy treatment will not help a medical condition and will make a referral to your General Practitioner or another healthcare professional, if necessary.

Your whole body will usually be assessed, not just the localised area of pain, so that anything that could be connected to the cause of your problem is looked at and strategies identified to make it less likely to recur.

This comprehensive analysis means they will be able to give you a clear understanding of the cause of your particular problem and the level of treatment needed.