Generally, physiotherapy is aimed at relieving pain and treating functional or mobility impairments affecting the patient. It is primarily based on the manual skills of the therapist, but may also involve natural physical stimulation therapies with heat, cold, etc. to support the autonomous physical activity of the patient (improvement of coordinated muscular activity and sensitivity).
The treatment is focused, for one thing, on the natural physiological reactions of the body (for example muscle building and stimulation of the metabolism) and, for the other thing, on a better understanding of physiological functions of the body to enable to patient to take responsibly care of the body.
Basically, therapeutic exercise pursues the goal to restore, preserve and enhance health.