"Physiotherapy helps restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability."  - Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website


What do physiotherapists do?


Physiotherapists use their knowledge and skills to you to:

  • recover from injury;
  • get moving after surgery;
  • manage pregnancy related back and pelvic pain;
  • cope with long term conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma and arthritis;
  • manage neurological conditions such as Parkinson's Disease, Stroke or Multiple Sclerosis (MS);
  • manage pain;
  • recover after suffering a heart attack; and
  • maintain as healthy and independent a life as possible by involving and empowering you as patients.

We do this using a variety of techniques including giving advice, manual therapies, movement and exercise therapy, education, and rehabilitation. Our priority is the quality of your health, wellbeing and lifestyle.

We work with people of all ages and in a variety of settings.  In Ayrshire and Arran, physiotherapists work in the following specialties across various hospital and community locations:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Day Hospital
  • Domiciliary Physiotherapy
  • Intensive Care
  • Intermediate Care and Enablement Service (ICES)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Lymphoedema
  • Medical
  • Mental Health
  • Neuro Outpatients
  • Orthopaedics
  • Outpatients
  • Paediatrics
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Surgical
  • Vascular
  • Women's Health/Osteoporosis   


Physiotherapy contact information

For contact information for the Physiotherapy Head of Profession and Physiotherapy Teams please click here.   


Useful links


Thinking about becoming a physiotherapist?

Physiotherapy is a scientific, degree course of 4 years duration.  The following Scottish universities offer a degree course to study for a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy.


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