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Do you have difficulty walking or moving around? This page provides suggestions on how you might overcome this problem so that you can get about more independently and safely.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They specialise in working with people who are experiencing difficulties with their walking.
After an assessment a physiotherapist may offer one or more of the following:-
- A programme of exercises to help you to become stronger and to improve your walking
- Advice on how you might take a different approach to your walking so that you are safer
- Advice on equipment and aids which might be suitable for you
Physiotherapists may also be able to assist people with severe and chronic pain by recommending exercises and equipment.
How to contact a physiotherapist
Depending on your situation you may be offered the chance to see a physiotherapist following a spell in hospital, or after seeing a GP, district nurse, social worker or other health and social care professional.
You can refer yourself or someone you know to the physiotherapy service provided by your local Community Independence Service - find the contact details on our Regaining Your Independence page.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website allows you to search for private physiotherapists in your area.
You can also find a physiotherapist using the search facility on the Physio First website.
The NHS website has information about physiotherapy, how to access it privately or through the NHS, and the techniques that a physiotherapist may use to treat you.