Physiotherapy is a rehabilitation therapy for physical activity. It can prevent, treat and deal with all the problems of physical activity, cardiopulmonary function and pain caused by disease, functional decline, trauma or surgery.
The physiotherapists would first detect and diagnose the patient’s problem, then formulate a personalized treatment plan based on the patient’s medical history and physical condition. Massage/exercise techniques and acupuncture or introduction equipment (such as ultrasound and electrotherapy) will be used to relieve the pain and increase the muscle strength and flexibility to optimize the patient’s mobility. For some patients, the therapist would also design some exercise training to strengthen their muscles and tendons, so to achieve a permanent cure, promote the patient’s recovery, improve the quality of daily life, workability or sports performance.
The physiotherapists will also demonstrate and teach the correct care skills in person so that people taking care of the patients can do simple exercises for them on weekdays. It can also reduce the risk of accidents at home.
1. Elderly, severely ill (such as cancer or stroke) or post-surgery, muscle atrophy, blood circulation and even bedsore caused by long-term bed or wheelchair. Physiotherapists will design a series of exercises to strengthen their muscles and elastic tendons.
2. People after surgery or who have recovered from a serious illness, have been lying on the hospital bed for a long time during the treatment, and after recovering from normal life, they need a physical therapist to help restore their cardiorespiratory function and strengthen muscles and tendons.
3. For people suffering from pain or injury, accidental injury or long-term poor posture, the physiotherapist will use massage techniques, acupuncture or machines to relieve the pain. Some medical supplies would also be provided to patients to improve their posture and relieve pain.
4. Pre- and post-natal people: Physiotherapists will design a set of exercises to improve or relieve the pain during pregnancy, and a set of exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles to avoid incontinence after childbirth.
Practising certificate issued by the Physiotherapist Management Committee under the Hong Kong Complementary Medical Services Authority
Physiotherapy assistants will be awarded a diploma after completing courses in employee retraining, rehabilitation society, Hong Kong Red Cross and Hong Kong Society of Gerontology