We follow the definitions according the World Confederation for physical therapy being:
- Physical therapy is the healthcare profession with expertise in prescribing movement and exercise throughout life and across the health spectrum.
- Physical therapy includes specific interventions for individuals and populations where movement and function are or may be threatened by disease, ageing, injury, pain, disability, illness or environmental factors. Such interventions are designed and prescribed to develop, restore and maintain optimal health.
- Physical therapy is an integral part of all areas of health and well-being, such as promotion, prevention, habilitation and rehabilitation, and includes physical, psychological, emotional and social factors.
- Finally, physical therapy includes the interaction of the physical therapist with the client, including his/her family, carers and relevant other health professionals and communities.
What is a physiotherapist
- Physiotherapists are autonomous health professionals responsible for developing, maintaining or restoring motor functions and movements throughout the lifespan using evidence-based practices.
- Physiotherapists relieve pain and treat or prevent physical conditions related to injury, illness or other limitations.
- Physiotherapists enable patients and their carers to manage their condition outside the clinical environment.
- Physiotherapists work within their scope of practice and their own professional code of conduct.
- Physiotherapists are regulated in 27 EU Member States and EFTA countries
Specialised physiotherapists have specific competences. They make complex decisions and manage risk in unpredictable contexts and within a defined area. They may focus on a specific area of clinical practice, teaching, research or professional management.