Physiotherapy is a health profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and disability through physical means. It is practiced by health professionals known as a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, assess, diagnose, and treat disease and disability through physical means.  A physiotherapist’s goal is to enhance life through improved health and fitness, by encouraging a person to take charge of the health and teaching techniques for recovery, pain relief, injury prevention, and improved physical movement.

Some qualities of a good physiotherapist include:

Knowledge and Understanding of Physiotherapy

A good therapist must have either a certificate or diploma in physiotherapy, to acquire the theoretical knowledge required for physiotherapy practice. This prepares the physiotherapist for the chosen field and educates the physiotherapist on how to perform duties efficiently. Also, a physiotherapist should be up to date with the knowledge required to diagnose and treat a patient and be able to find solutions to the problems as well as help restore their function. Knowledge sources are plenty, a good physiotherapist must be able to keep up with the ever-changing trends and adopt them in your daily practice.

Although an individual’s knowledge base will be shaped by the demands and context of their practice, physiotherapists must demonstrate how their knowledge and understanding relates to physiotherapy and their individual scope of practice. A good physiotherapist should understand the structure and function of the human body, and the ethical principles underpinning physiotherapy practice.

 Critical Thinking Skills

A good physiotherapist should be able to demonstrate the cognitive skills and memory necessary to measure, calculate, and reason in order to analyze, integrate and synthesize information. Effective critical and problem-solving skills are important to address patient needs and engage the patient in an efficient manner.

In physiotherapy, the analysis is of client body movement, the judgments are the diagnosis of the issue or limitations, and the actions are the suggested treatment plan.  Physiotherapists also need to analyze their client, process and analyze the information collected, draw rational conclusions and make informed judgments to address issues and decide on the best treatment method that will yield quick and effective results. A good physiotherapist will analyze their client and choose a plan that the client will actually want to follow through with.

Physical Awareness  

This is a crucial skill a good physiotherapist should have. It is the ability to feel things with your hands. Physiotherapists not only need the knowledge of how the body can and should move but the ability to feel when that is or is not the case for a client.

Developing the physical awareness skills means you can better serve your clients and ensure they get the help they need. To improve the skill, you must mix knowledge of the human body with a keen sense of touch. Knowledge can be learned, and the sense of touch can be honed with time and experience.  


A good physiotherapist must be able to must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, summarize a patient’s condition, and provide an assessment and treatment plan verbally and in the text. A physiotherapist should also be able to efficiently pass across the message that can be understood to the patient. If patients thoroughly understand their condition, they will be might be more cooperative when it comes to executing the treatment plan since they understand what will happen or not happen when they do.


As a physiotherapist, the ability to empathize with your patient is important, and cannot be overemphasized. Physiotherapists attend to various types of patients suffering from different issues like back pain, sports injuries, locked up muscles, and so on. These are not small issues, and sometimes patients may feel vulnerable and sometimes even embarrassed during their treatment and recovery.

Good physiotherapists should be able to put their self in the patient’s position and treat them well. Should also answer all their questions well, provide treatment and management plans, as well as suggest the best options to them. And most importantly a good physiotherapist should be kind. This is important apart from acquiring skills and knowledge it is important to be kind this helps in communicating well with the patients which make the whole process easier, faster and efficient.


Experience helps a physiotherapist become better. A good physiotherapist learns from past cases and uses the gained knowledge in treating other patients. A good physiotherapist through experience acquires skills and knowledge to help become better in the profession and handle other cases. Although an individual’s skill-base will evolve according to their experiences and context of practice, physiotherapists must demonstrate how these skills relate to physiotherapy and their personal scope of practice.  Certifications and school degrees do not always determine knowledge, instead, this is something that a good physiotherapist acquires through years of experience.


It is important that a physiotherapist is realistic when treating a patient. A good physiotherapist should accept and understand what he can and cannot do, to avoid making empty promises, raising false hopes and even putting the patient at risk.

  Team Player

Sometimes a physiotherapist will have to consult with other medical professionals to find the best and most appropriate solution for patients. So it is important to be able to participate as part of a team, collaborating with the doctor who has diagnosed your patient and other professionals who make up the team of which you form a part, in order to restore, improve or maintain the patient’s level of health, depending on the case.

  Management and Organisational Skills

Apart from treating patients, a good physiotherapist had to be efficient at other things like scheduling appointments, working with support staff, administration and billing. The organization is important to maintain client files and cases.


Patience is an important skill for any physiotherapist, many patients who go for a consultation with a physiotherapist will be at the start of a long road to recovery, and as a good physiotherapist, it is important that you are patient, and understanding with your patient.  It is important that you exercise patients as a physiotherapist. Patients vary and some might have a faster recovery period than others so it is imperative that you take your time to understand the patients’ case and administer treatment and management plans that are effective for your patient’s case.

For people living in Ottawa, and surrounding areas, there is a safe and reliable physiotherapy option at Vivere Wellness Mind and Body Rejuvenation Centre, with good and qualified physiotherapists. Contact Vivere Wellness Centre in Ottawa to book a physiotherapy session today.

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