Research in Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a health care profession that uses physical means (such as massage, exercise, heat or electricity) to help relieve pain, rebuild muscle strength and restore range of motion. Physiotherapy can also boost our mood, improve physical fitness and even prevent illnesses and injuries. It’s no wonder that even top athletes like Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah use physiotherapy to keep themselves in tip-top condition.

The purpose of this paper is to present the results of an investigation of a specific physiotherapy technique that has been shown to improve quality of life for patients suffering from chronic respiratory disease. The authors conclude that the Physiotherapy technique is effective for reducing the severity of respiratory symptoms and improving breathing capacity, and recommends that it should be included as an alternative treatment for people with respiratory diseases.

Physiotherapy is a multidisciplinary clinical practice that involves an extensive knowledge base of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and pathology. This is coupled with a strong emphasis on patient education, empowerment and self-management. This is a retrospective descriptive study of research activities undertaken over a 20-year period within the Physiotherapy Department of an adult, tertiary hospital. Several themes are identified: high number of publications/presentations, broad range of clinical areas investigated, high staff involvement and commitment to research, collaboration with other hospital departments/universities, and participation in post-graduate degrees. The authors conclude that these successes highlight the importance of building a research culture in Physiotherapy.

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