There is, in fact, no difference between the physiotherapy and physical therapy. Each term can be used interchangeably.
Physiotherapy focuses on the prevention of injury, the improvement of flexibility, the management of acute pain, and to improvement of the quality of life among other benefits.
A physiotherapist, or physical therapist (PT), works with a person or persons to help them improve their balance, mobility, manage pain, and regain motor function. They work with patients to develop unique programs designed to restore their functional ability and movement, this includes exercises and manual therapy.
Manual therapy is when a physical therapist helps to improve the patient’s injury with a hands-on approach; joint mobilizations, stretching, fascial release, soft tissue release, etc.
Treatment can be for problems caused by injury, disease or disability.
Physical therapy is used to improve a person’s ability to manage physical pain or improve mobility. An occupational therapist will hep a person recover or improve their ability to perform daily tasks independently. Physical therapy and occupational therapy both help improve an adult or kids’ quality of life.
Occupational therapy can help people regain independence in all areas of their lives.
Occupational therapy practitioners will determine, “What is important to you?” not, “What’s are your physical issues?” Further simplified, a occupational therapist (OT) or occupational therapy assistant (OTA) will help people of all ages participate in their daily activities through improving the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).
The two professional levels of occupational practice are: Occupational therapist (OT) and (OTA) Occupational therapist assistant.
An occupational thearpist has a 4 year bachelor’s degree in a field of study such as psychology, biology, or health science, as well as a master’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy program. An OTA will have an associate’s degree specifically from an accredited OTA program.
There are many popular occupational therapy interventions include helping youth with a disability or disabilities participate in social situations (including school), assisting with the recovery from an injury to regain skills, or even support for older adults who are experiencing cognitive and physical challenges or changes.
If occupational therapy for your child is something that you are considering, please consult with a licensed physician to refer you to a specialist.