Physiotherapy is one particular method of healthcare used in order to assist patient’s bodies with the healing process. Physiotherapy (in the USA frequently abbreviated as PT) concerns itself primarily with aiding patients with difficulties created by impairments, injuries and disabilities. The goal of the majority of physiotherapy is to aid the patient in terms of mobility, functionality and quality of life.
While it is primarily a physical discipline, physiotherapy is perhaps a less physical discipline than osteopathy or chiropractic in terms of the possible stress that it places upon the patient’s body. A physiotherapist would be far less manipulative with his or her patient’s body, and would use physical techniques such as exercise and massage in order to achieve results. Physiotherapists frequently work with occupational therapists and are frequently called in to assist with a patient’s rehabilitation after an injury of some kind.
One of the main benefits of physiotherapy is that it can help pain to be managed and often eradicated. One of the main reasons that people go to a physiotherapist is because they are experiencing pain, and physiotherapy is a good way to alleviate that pain. Many sportsmen and women use a physiotherapist in order to help them to get back to playing the sport that they love and the service that a physiotherapist can provide in terms of helping you rehabilitate is another great benefit.
Physiotherapy has been around for a very long time and it is believe that it was being practised as far back as 460 BC. It has been suggested that both Hippocrates and then Galenus were both proponents of the discipline; both believed to have recommended massage, manual therapy and a whole host of other physiotherapy techniques.
In 1813, Per Henrik Ling is believed to have been the first to document physiotherapy in practise. He founded the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics (RCIG) and at that base used massage, exercise and manipulative techniques in order to treat and look after the body.
There are a number of physiotherapy websites on the Internet that can provide more detailed information about this discipline.
When considering physiotherapy, look for members of Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the professional and educational body for the UK’s 40,000 chartered physiotherapists.