This information is to help you understand what a physiotherapist does
What is a physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist is a health worker who helps people who have problems with moving part or all of their body.
Physiotherapists working in TEWV know how to help people who have problems with behaviour. This includes people’s moods, speaking and understanding, and those who do not like to do new things.
Where will I see the physiotherapist?
• day centre
• hospital or clinic
• sports centre.
What sorts of things can a physiotherapist help with?
A physiotherapist can help you in many ways:
Keeping active - exercises on your own, with the physiotherapist or with other people to help you with a problem or to keep your mind and body healthy
Massage - the physiotherapist will use their hands to massage all or part of your body. It can help to make pain go away, relax you or help you to move better
Posture care - the physiotherapist can help protect your body shape by advising you and your carers in choosing the right chair, sleeping position or wheelchair
Help with breathing problems – a physiotherapist can help if you have breathing problems which you have had for a long time
Breathing problems are:
If your breathing problems are new you will have to see a doctor first.
Keeping you healthy - a physiotherapist will help you to see other physiotherapists and health workers at local hospitals or clinics if you need to see them.
Help with other things - a physiotherapist can give you information and help on:
• walking frames
• sports and games and where you can do them.
How will the physiotherapist do their work?
He or she will get to know you and about your problems first.
He or she will then talk with you, your parents, carers and other workers to agree what needs to be done.
Wherever possible your physiotherapy programme will be fitted into what you already do during the day.
Leaflet reference: L300E
Date last updated: 02 / 11 / 2017
Archive date: 02 / 11 / 2020
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