What are physiotherapists trained in?
Physiotherapy is concerned with the improvement, maintenance and restoration of health and the prevention of disability in infants through to the elderly. Physiotherapists optimise potential ability, physical function, independence and quality of life through rehabilitation practices.
To achieve this, physiotherapists require an extensive understanding of physical, structural and physiological aspects of human form and movement, as well as factors relating to human functioning and the acquisition of skill.
Physiotherapy often involves promotion of motor development and coordination, physical methods to control pain, therapeutic exercise for impaired muscle systems, assisting in the physical management of the cardio-respiratory system, or improving balance and motor control for better performance and function.
The dysfunction treated by physiotherapists can arise from a variety of causes including injury, disease, congenital abnormalities, ageing and degenerative processes.
Physiotherapy training typically involves the following areas:
- Systematic Anatomy
- Regional Anatomy
- Functional Anatomy
- Physics for Physiotherapy
- Molecular & Cellular Biology
- Introductory Medicine
- Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology
- Assessment and Management of injury
- Principles of Exercise
- Massage Techniques
- Adult and Paediatric Intensive Care
- Medical and Surgical conditions
- Musculoskeletal therapy
- Sporting injuries
- Outpatient work
- Research Methodology
- Evidence-based Practice and Research