Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential:

  • it uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, taking account of variations in health status.
  • it is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery

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  • the exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.

The above definition is taken from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Curriculum Framework (January 2002). See the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website for details

Core skills used by chartered physiotherapists include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and the application of electrophysical modalities.