What is Physiotherapy : Physiotherapy New Zealand

By: Physiotherapy  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Physiotherapy

Describing what physiotherapists do is the easiest way to explain physiotherapy.

Physiotherapists use our in-depth knowledge of how the body works, combined with hands-on clinical skills, to assess, diagnose and treat people’s symptoms of illness, injury or disability.

We’re primary health care professionals, involved in health promotion, injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The ageing population and an increase in long-term diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, heart and lung problems, and arthritis mean that our skills are more and more in demand.

Our aim is to help people make the most of their potential to participate in life and in their communities.  First we assess a patient’s problems.  Then we establish treatment goals to help them move and improve how they carry out the activities of daily life and recreation.  The patient is key to developing these goals, and sometimes the whanau/family and caregivers are involved.

We provide physiotherapy in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Public hospitals
  • Physiotherapy clinics (some clinics include other health professionals)
  • Marae
  • Gyms
  • Your workplace
  • Schools
  • Your home

In some parts of the world, physiotherapy is called physical therapy and physiotherapists are called physical therapists.

How do I know my physiotherapist is qualified? 

In New Zealand, physiotherapy is a protected title. The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act requires all physiotherapists to be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.  The Board ensures that physiotherapists meet the competencies required to practise physiotherapy and monitors their ongoing competence.

Keywords: Physiotherapy