About Physiotherapy

About Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is a health care profession concerned with helping people reach their optimal level of function. Chartered Physiotherapists are involved in most aspects of health care and use physical means to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being. The treatments may include using electrical physiotherapeutic equipment, performing manual techniques with their hands or providing advice and education sessions on how to manage a condition at home and at work. These treatments are based on the best scientific evidence available, and physiotherapists combine knowledge of research findings with their clinical judgement to determine the most appropriate treatments and to evaluate their effects. Most people who require medical help in a hospital will encounter a physiotherapist, including those with chest problems such as chronic bronchitis, patients on an Intensive Care Unit, people who have had a stroke and those who have joint and mobility problems.

Physiotherapists treat people of all ages and increasingly treatments are being offered to people within a range of community settings i.e. health centres and residential care, schools, and in the home. Physiotherapists may work independently, or more commonly as an integral member of a multidisciplinary health team. The diversity of physiotherapy is one of its primary attractions. If you are considering a career as a physiotherapist you are strongly advised to talk to physiotherapists working in the HSE and voluntary sectors to gain an understanding of both the intensity of the qualifying programme and also the demands of the job. If your main area of interest is in sport, physiotherapy may not be the best career option for you.

Physiotherapy at University of Limerick is part of the Department of Clinical Therapies in the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences. Established in 2002, we are the only physiotherapy academic programme in Ireland situated outside of Dublin. Our BSc in Physiotherapy is accredited by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) which is a member organisation of the World Organisation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).

Physiotherapy teaching expertise and research interests include:

- Implementation of evidence based practice

- Interventions for promoting physical activity in chronic conditions

- Behaviour change to promote physical activity

- Inter-professional education

- Musculoskeletal conditions including low back pain, shoulder tendinopathy, ACL rehabilitation

- Rehabilitation of people with

- Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis

- Cardio-respiratory problems

- Arthritis

- Spinal, shoulder and knee joint dysfunction

- Dance based interventions

- Injury in sport and elite groups