Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising potential.
Physiotherapists are regulated by the statutory regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council. Physiotherapy is a legally protected title so only those who are on the HCPC register may call themselves a physiotherapist. To confirm your physiotherapist is registered click here.
The professional body for physiotherapists in the UK is the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). ACPIN expects its members to join the CSP. Members of the CSP may call themselves chartered physiotherapists.
For more information regarding physiotherapy in the UK, please visit the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website.
Neurological physiotherapy is a specialist area of physiotherapy.
Focusing on assessing and treating people with movement disorders that have resulted from injury or disease to the brain, spinal cord or extremities of the body.
Damage to the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, means that the messages from your brain are not reaching the affected parts of your body. This can result in loss of movement and sensation, uncoordinated movement, weak and floppy muscles, spasm and tremor.
What is neurological physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists work with patients to identify their movement deficit and improve specific activities and social participation.
They help promote their patients’ health and wellbeing, and assist the rehabilitation process by developing and restoring body systems to their full potential.
A neurological physiotherapist (or Chartered Physiotherapist in Neurology) has spent most of their career specialising and developing their remit of skills by attending post graduate courses in the treatment and management of patients with neurological conditions.
Physiotherapists will have a graduate diploma or a degree from a university. Many will have gone to to gain a Master’s degree. Increasingly, physiotherapists are also gaining doctorates.
Access to a neurological physiotherapist
Chartered physiotherapists in neurological rehabilitation work in many service locations:
• acute services of the National Health Service (NHS) (for example intensive care, acute neurology, neurosurgery, stroke units, rehabilitation units)
• community NHS services (in out patient gyms, in your home, in local community hospitals)
• schools (for people with long term disabilities, for mainstream education)
• charitable organisations, and other third sector service providers
Chartered physiotherapists also work in private practice. This might be as part of a private hospital or within a national or local private practice organisation or partnership.
Click here to find local private physiotherapists.