What you need to know about Physiotherapy

What is Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are primary healthcare professionals who provide physical therapy services. The role of physiotherapy includes rehabilitation, promoting health, injury prevention and treatment of injury and disease. Physiotherapists have years of training and in depth knowledge of the body and how it works. They use their hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of injury, illness or disability.


Physiotherapists often work in tandem with other healthcare professionals to provide you with the best treatment services. A physician may recommend physiotherapy services following an injury, car accident, an operation (such as hip replacement), a heart attack or stroke.

Qualifications of physiotherapists

All physiotherapist have a master’s degree in physiotherapy and have met national entry-level education and practise standards. Prospective physiotherapists must pass the national Physiotherapy Competency Examination then register with the college of physiotherapists in their province/territory before practising in the field. Physiotherapists are skilled at identifying the root cause of an injury and at effectively treating that injury. There are many environments a physiotherapist can practise in, including private clinics, fitness clubs, hospitals, community health centres, residential care, assisted-living facilities, home visit agencies, workplaces and schools.