Physiotherapy is a client-centred profession that aims at optimising quality of life. This includes promotion of a healthy life-style and prevention of illness and injury for those at risk, as well as rehabilitation following injury or impairment of function (disability).
Physiotherapists are trained to assess clients and to use manipulative techniques, exercise therapy and electrotherapy to reduce pain, promote healing and improve function.
The holistic approach to management includes counselling which empowers both client and caregiver to improve quality of life. Service is offered to clients of all ages with conditions such as headaches, bronchitis, asthma, cerebral palsy, strokes, fractured bones, stiff joints and sports injuries, as well as painful necks and backs.
A degree in Physiotherapy leads to registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Physiotherapist.
There are career opportunities within areas of special interest, for example special schools, geriatric centres, industry and sports centres. Further expertise can be developed through continuing education, teaching within the profession and research. Physiotherapists may also become involved in other broader areas of healthcare such as the management of health facilities, policy planning or education of future healthcare professionals.