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Physiotherapy, often referred to as physio, uses physical methods, such as massage and manipulation, to promote healing and wellbeing. Physiotherapy treatments are often used to help restore a person’s range of movement after injury or illness.

Physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who have trained specifically in physiotherapy. They work in a number of different places, including:

  • hospitals
  • GP surgeries
  • private practices, like Paul Tompkins Physiotherapy
  • workplaces
  • the community

When is physiotherapy used?

Physiotherapists frequently treat problems that affect:

  • muscles
  • joints
  • heart, blood circulation and lungs

Physiotherapists also help people with mental health conditions, neurological conditions (those affecting the brain and nervous system) and chronic (long-term) health conditions.

Physiotherapy techniques

By using a number of different approaches and techniques, a physiotherapist can help a person overcome injury or short-term health problems, or manage long-term disability.

Physiotherapists use a wide range of techniques and approaches, including:

  • massage and manipulation, using the hands to relieve muscle pain and stiffness and encourage blood flow to an injured part of the body to help recovery
  • heat, cold, electric current, light and water
  • remedial exercise that takes into account a person’s current level of health and any specific requirements they may have)
  • providing support to help patients manage chronic conditions

Physiotherapy techniques and approaches can improve a person’s ability to use parts of their body that are affected by a health condition or injury.

For example, arthritis is a chronic condition that causes painful, stiff joints and is often associated with ageing. Physiotherapists can help keep the joints mobile and strengthen the surrounding muscles.

Who can physiotherapists help?

Physiotherapy can help people of all ages and social backgrounds. In particular, physiotherapy can help rehabilitate (restore to health) people who have:

  • had a stroke, when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off
  • heart problems and breathing difficulties
  • a sports injury
  • recently had surgery that affects their movement or mobility

Almost all people who have an injury or a physical disability can benefit from physiotherapy, including children and elderly people.

For more information about when physiotherapy is used and how it can benefit children and the elderly, see our Conditions Treated page for more information.

Where can I get more information?

  • - The home of the NHS on the web. includes a lot of advice and useful information.

Disclaimer: The content on this page is provided for general information purposes only and is not meant to replace a physiotherapy or medical consultation.

Note: You do not need a GP referral to receive physiotherapy if you self fund your treatment. However if you intend to claim all or part of your treatment costs back a GP referral is usually required by your insurance company.