Physiotherapy is the hands-on drug-free treatment of injuries, diseases, or physical issues using techniques like massage, heart and heat therapy, stretching, and exercises. Depending on the region, physiotherapy may also be known as physical therapy.
Physiotherapy can make a difference in an individual's ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle. For many seniors, disabled or chronically ill people, physiotherapy is the key to restoring and maintaining a level of physical function that permits independent living. Physiotherapy is one way to successfully push physical limitations to secure the Freedom to Function.
Physiotherapy benefits include decreasing pain, improving joint mobility, increasing strength and coordination and improved cardio-respiratory function. Physiotherapy offers a range of specialized services of benefit to patients with heart and lung disease, traumatic, workplace and athletic injuries, amputations, arthritic joints, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and nerve injury, cancer and pre and postsurgical needs.