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What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession based on scientfic princles.
The range of work is very broad and varied and involves working with people to promote their own health and well-being.

What do we do?

Physiotherapy aims to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or by some form of disability.

Skilled evaluation, skilled hands on therapy such as mobilisation, manipulation, massage an accupressure; individually designed exercise programmes, relaxation techniques, sophisticated equipment, hydrotherapy and biofeedback, specialised electrotherapy equipment, heat, ice and traction to relieve pain and assist healing and recovery, suitable walking aids, splints and appliances, as well as patient education.

Fields of physiotherapy

Orthopaedics and sports injuries:

  • Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain and Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Trapped nerves
  • Sprains and strains
  • Muscular pains and aches
  • Overuse or repetitive strain injuries
  • Rehabilitation after surgery and fractures


  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Muscle Dystrophy
  • Facial Palsy
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Head Injury
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Motor Neuron and other degenerative diseases

    Pulmonary conditions:

  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • ARDS
  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Emphysema

    Useful links for prospective physiotherapists

    Below are some useful links for students considering becoming a physiotherapist. Please note that each University has its own requirements regarding what their criteria are for acceptance to the degree of Physiotherapy

    The list below shows some of the major South African Universities where a Physiotherapy degree is offered. Feel free to contact them in order to find out more about obtaining a degree in Physiotherapy

    University of Cape Town (UCT) homepage

    UCT Physiotherapy department contact details

    University of the Free State (UFS) homepage

    UFS Admission requirements

    UFS Faculty contact details

    University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKN) homepage

    UKN Admission requirements and department contact details

    University of Pretoria (UP) homepage

    UP Admission requirements

    UP Physiotherapy department contact details

    University of Stellenbosch (US) homepage

    US Admission requirements

    University of the Western Cape

    University of the Witwatersrand (UW) homepage

    UW Admission requirements

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