What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a science-based healthcare profession that promotes recovery in illness, injury or disability. It aims to restore movement and functional ability to the person’s full potential. Physiotherapy is an independent profession where practitioners make their own treatment decisions and clinical judgements. They constantly reassess the results of their treatments and adjust their approach. Physiotherapists in the United Kingdom are HCPC registered health care professionals. They [...]

Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are injuries sustained when playing sports or during exercise. They occur either as accidents or due to poor training practices such as not warming up or using improper gear. Sports medicine is the medical specialty dealing with these injuries. They are mostly caused by applying forces greater than a body part can structurally endure at one time or over a longer period. Common sports [...]

Childrens Physiotherapy

Children’s Physiotherapy

Children’s physiotherapy, or paediatric physiotherapy, is a specialised area of physiotherapy. It serves the unique needs of babies, children and young adults from birth to leaving school. Paediatric physiotherapists' training allows them to manage the physical, mental and educational needs of children. Children may have developmental, learning, neurological, respiratory or musculoskeletal difficulties. Paediatric physiotherapists can assess and treat a wide range of conditions with the child and their parents. These conditions [...]

How to become a Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy is often described as an innovative, pioneering and highly rewarding career. Qualified physiotherapists can choose among a wide range of specialties and exciting career paths, in both public and private environments, and have tremendous opportunities for being at the forefront in delivering quality patient care. Unsurprisingly, the physiotherapy workforce has increased significantly over the years. A census by the NHS Information Centre shows that the [...]

Private Physiotherapy and NHS Physiotherapy

A large number of physiotherapists set up their own businesses or work in private clinics. Most of these deal with musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain and knee injuries. A smaller number specialise in sports injuries, neurological problems and women’s health amongst other fields. A formal referral from a doctor is not required to book an appointment with a private physiotherapist. However, physiotherapists strongly [...]

Physiotherapy For Stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the UK. Figures from the Stroke Association show that every year about 152,000 people have a stroke – one every five minutes. The number of survivors is estimated at 1.1 million, more than half of whom are left with disabilities that affect their daily function. For patients who have had a stroke, physiotherapy is an important and valuable [...]

The PRICE Protocol for Acute Injuries

An acute or recent injury can be improved by careful management of the initial period up to 72 hours. PRICE therapy is the best way to treat milder joint sprains and muscle strains. It reduces inflammation and swelling and helps to limit pain. This allows you to recover as quickly as possible. PRICE stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation   Protection involves preventing the injured area [...]


Arthritis covers a large number of joint diseases which present with pain and stiffness in our joints. The medical specialty for these conditions is rheumatology and doctors specialising in this field are known as rheumatologists. Around 10 million people in the UK may suffer from one sort of arthritis or another. Of the many different conditions the most common are: Osteoarthritis (OA) – This is an [...]

Osteoarthritis Knee Explained


Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint condition in the world and affects hundreds of millions of people. It causes the largest amount of disability of any medical condition. Physiotherapy is extremely helpful in managing the long-term effects of OA. A Normal Joint Where two or more bones meet together is a joint. Our bodies have large numbers of different kinds of joints but the most common are called [...]

Acupuncture Needles


Acupuncture is a health treatment originally developed in ancient Chinese medicine in which needles are inserted into defined points on the body. Many physiotherapists use acupuncture, trigger point acupuncture and acupressure to relieve pain and speed recovery. Acupuncturists now divide into two main streams, traditional Chinese practitioners and Western medical practitioners: In traditional Chinese medicine the belief is that life energy or chi (said chee) flows through [...]

Physiotherapy For The Elderly

Physiotherapy For The Elderly

Physiotherapists have a vital and important role in working with elderly people. They are involved in preventing disease and disability, treating current conditions, managing inpatient care and following up in the community. Physiotherapists have a wide range of skills that can benefit many conditions suffered by elderly people. Elderly care physiotherapists specialise in the assessment, treatment and long-term management of older people in their homes, in [...]