Although sometimes used interchangably the titles 'Physiotherapist' and 'physical therapist' are actually quite distinct from each other. Inspired by a recent question from one of our clients I will share some details that should help to explain what the difference is between a Chartered Physiotherapist and a physical therapist.
Definition - Physiotherapist
Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with helping to restore well-being to people following injury, pain or disability. Using knowledge from our extensive scientific and clinical background Chartered Physiotherapists can help to assess, diagnose and treat conditions and illnesses that affect people of all ages and social groups.
Chartered Physiotherapists use manual therapy including manipulation, mobilisation and massage as well as alternative modalities including electrotherapy and acupuncture. The Chartered Physiotherapist also utilises prescriptive exercise as a rehabilitative tool to help patients achieve their full potential. While traditionally, physiotherapy was regarded as rehabilitative and mainly hospital-based, the profession has expanded greatly into other health care areas. We have invaluable expertise to offer in educational and preventative roles in the community, the workplace and in private practice.
Definition - Physical Therapist
The Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied Science Limited defines Physical Therapy as a holistic approach based on the manual treatment of soft tissue, i.e., muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.