Physiotherapy can trace its origins to as far back as 1813, and as such is the most researched and established form of neuro-muscular-skeletal therapy.
It is a science based medical profession, aimed at improving overall wellness, by addressing your physical impairments or injuries. Symptoms of which could include: pain, stiffness, swelling, weakness etc.
Physiotherapy not only treats your symptoms, but also identifies the CAUSE of your problem, therefore leading to long term relief.
Your physiotherapist has a thorough understanding of how the body works, gained from years of academic study and practical experience. After completing a four year Honours degree, in BSc. Physiotherapy and one year compulsory Community Service, the therapist then qualifies as being a Registered Physiotherapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
A qualified physiotherapist is therefore a trained medical practitioner and you do not need to be referred by a doctor to see a physiotherapist.