What Is Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy is a health care profession which assists people to restore, maintain and maximize their strength, function, movement, and overall well-being. The terms “physiotherapy” and “physical therapy” mean the same thing and are used interchangeably, as are the terms “physiotherapist” and “physical therapist”.

Physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of how the body works and specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury and disability. Physiotherapy includes rehabilitation, as well as prevention of injury, and promotion of health and fitness. Physiotherapists often work in teams with other health professionals to help meet an individual’s health care needs.

Physiotherapy can help you …

  • become stronger and more flexible
  • increase freedom of movement and mobility 
  • breathe easier 
  • reduce pain 
  • stay active 
  • prevent injury

… so you can resume activities important to you.

Physiotherapists work in …

  • hospitals or acute care facilities
  • rehabilitation centres 
  • long term care facilities 
  • home care programs 
  • public health units 
  • private clinics 
  • schools 
  • child development centres 
  • industry 
  • recreation centres 
  • sports clinics and facilities 
  • universities

Physiotherapy Clinical Practice Areas include…

  • Cardiorespirology
  • Seniors Health
  • Neurosciences
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Physiotherapy Management /Administration
  • Private Practice
  • Research
  • Sports
  • Women’s Health