What is Physiotherapy?

According to the definition by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), “Physiotherapy” refers to the provision of services to individuals or populations aimed at developing, maintaining, and restoring their maximum mobility and functionality. These services can only be provided by a physiotherapist or under their direction and supervision.

In Poland, the practice of the physiotherapist profession involves providing direct healthcare services and social services, as per Article 18d, paragraph 1, point 1 of the Act of 30 August 1991 on healthcare facilities (Journal of Laws No. 91, item 408, as amended). “A person performing a medical profession is a person who, based on separate regulations, is authorized to provide healthcare services, and a person with professional qualifications to provide healthcare services in a specified scope or field of medicine.” In Poland, every physiotherapist must be a member of the professional physiotherapists’ self-government, represented by the National Chamber of Physiotherapists (KIF).

Physiotherapists are increasingly specializing in treating specific types of disorders in their practice. Thus, there are rehabilitation centers specializing in neurological or orthopedic rehabilitation, as well as facilities dedicated to pain therapy. Modern physiotherapeutic interventions are based on a thorough examination before commencing any therapeutic procedures. Moreover, they involve continuous monitoring and adjustments to the patient’s current condition and capabilities throughout the rehabilitation process.