Physiotherapy

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Physiotherapy in palliative care can play an important part in providing relief from pain and other distressing symptoms and can help you manage your condition.


The physiotherapists assess patients individually and may offer advice and treatment for a range of problems including – breathing difficulties, muscle weakness, joint stiffness, pain, limb swelling, and general mobility. If required the physiotherapist will provide an appropriate walking aid.

The physiotherapist aims to:

  • Maximise physical function
  • Promote independence
  • Assist the patient to adapt to their condition
  • Educate patients and carers
  • Work closely with other members of the multi disciplinary team
  • Achieve the best possible quality of life for patients, family and carers.

For more information about physiotherapy or training to become a physiotherapist, contact the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy at www.csp.org.uk or write to 14 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4ED.