Physiotherapy is a natural method of treating and preventing injury and disease. It aims to help alleviate pain; to restore normal movement patterns; and to return the body to a state of equilibrium without chemical intervention. A Physiotherapist helps the patient maximize functional movement and ability by using a variety of hands-on treatments, an exercise recommendation, and education. Physiotherapy has widespread applications. It can help an individual gain strength and flexibility, reduce pain, and promote greater independence. It can also help virtually any condition that affects the muscles or nerves. One of the primary applications is in rehabilitation from stroke or injury. Some of the therapies applied include the use of heat, cold, electric stimulation, ultrasound, traction and massage. Chartered Physiotherapists have years of extensive training and skills.