Physiotherapy is a health service which assists people in preventing or limiting their physical impairments which may occur as a result of injury (e.g. motor vehicle accidents), disease (e.g. cerebral palsy) or following surgery. With the aim to regain movement functions by using modalities such as icing, massaging, heath, exercise, etc.
Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing. Physical therapy involves the interaction between the physical therapist, patients/clients, other health professionals, families, care givers and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physical therapists.
Treatment involves the use of physical agents and physical methods such as massage, manipulation, therapeutic exercises, cold, heat (shortwave, microwave and ultrasonic diathermy), hydrotherapy, electrical stimulation and light to facilitate rehabilitation of patients and the restoration of normal function after an illness or injury.
- To provide equitable access to high quality physiotherapy services in all the administrative regions of Guyana
- To develop and improve the quality of physiotherapy services