Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa


Physiotherapists are involved in the recovery, reeducation, rehabilitation and prevention of disabilities caused by physical disorders of muscular-skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory or neurological origin, or by psychiatric disorders. Their purpose is to get the maximum functionality and quality of life for their patients. 

They focus on the Analysis and assessment of movement and postureobservation and evaluation of the movement and posture based on body’s structure and functioning. Physiotherapists use specific educational and therapeutic methods, mostly based on movement, manipulation techniques, and physical and natural methods, in order to promote health and prevent disease, disabilities and Maladjustment , and treat, habilitate or rehabilitate individuals with physical, mental, developmental or other types of disabilities, including pain, in order to help them achieve their maximum functionality and quality of life.

In addition to the two main intervention areas at the core of this profession – diagnosis and therapy – physiotherapists can also work at the level of prevention, health promotion, research, management and education.

Career Options

Public an private hospitals
Clinics and rehabilitation centres
Healthcare institutions and associations
Self-employed professional
Medical Spas
Sports centres
Special education schools and institutes
Senior care institutions
Private clinics


*Functional content regulated by Decree-Law no. 564/99 of 21st December; Decree-Law no. 261/93 of 24th July and Decree-Law no. 320/99 of 11th August.