Physiotherapy takes a holistic approach to help restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. These can happen through movement and exercise, manual therapy techniques, aquatic therapy or simply thorough application of heat and cold compresses and acupuncture to help ease pain. While at times the recovery can be quick, depending on the inbjury or need, it can be a long and gradual process. Physiotherapy is available through the NHS or privately. It can also sometimes be accessed through other routes, such as charities and the voluntary sector.