What is Physical Therapy?
Physical Therapy is hands-on and natural treatment which helps maintain and restore optimum movement and functional ability for your body. It is a primary care health profession and is established on health science principles.
Many of the physical problems you experience are caused by or manifest themselves through: injury, disease, aging or environmental factors. If you experience pain or discomfort from any normal body movement or function you may be suffering from some form of injury – possibly caused by one of the factors listed above.
To remain healthy and happy you need to maintain a pain free body while also addressing your psychological, emotional, and social needs. Physical Therapy addresses these factors which play an important part of your overall wellbeing therefore providing a holistic approach to your treatment. Physical Therapy is central to any treatment required to restore you to a pain free life and to optimum health.
Physical Therapist graduates hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Science from the Institute of Physical Therapy. This degree is awarded by HETAC, the statutory authority for awarding third level qualifications in Ireland and is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
Members of the Irish Association of Physical Therapists (I.A.P.T.) are graduates from the Institute of Physical Therapy (or hold equivalent qualifications which are recognised by the I.A.P.T.).
All members of the I.A.P.T. meet and adhere to the strict criteria and standards set down by the association. The I.A.P.T. places great emphasis on its duty to regulate the professional and ethical standards to it members and provides the highest standard of care to clients.