Chartered Physiotherapy is commonly heralded as the ``orthodox alternative'', with a 100-year history in the UK of ``hands-on'' techniques, now used to diagnose, rehabilitate and, in many cases, cure. A Chartered Physiotherapist has to undertake a three-or four-year Bachelor of Science degree.
But despite all the above, the title ``physiotherapist'' remains unprotected by British law and anybody can call themselves a physiotherapist. The public is therefore at serious risk from the hazards presented by our own unqualified ``cowboys'' in their ``management'' of illness and injury.
I thus applaud aromatherapists for their concern and empathise with them, but if, after 100 years of development, we chartered, degree-trained physiotherapists cannot ``keep out the quacks'', I hold out little hope for alternative therapies.
Nicola J Hancock