History of Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is first mentioned by the father of medicine Hippocrates in around 400 B.C.E. Hippocrates promoted manual therapies and exercise to promote healing and health. Aelius Galen a Greek physician during Roman times also promoted massage and therapeutic exercise.

In its modern form Physiotherapy has its origins in Sweden in 1813 by the father of Swedish gymnastics Per Henrik Ling. Sweden officially recognized Physiotherapy as a profession in 1887. In 1894 the Charted Society of Physiotherapy was organized by 4 nurses in great Britian and in 1913 the first school of Physiotherapy was opened at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Physiotherapy then gained notoriety through out the world following World War 1 and the need for rehabilitating injured soldiers returning from war.

What is Physical therapy/ Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, also known as physical therapy, is a profession that works in the hospital or clinical setting, helping patients recover, maintain, or improve their physical abilities and overall well-being. The primary goal of Physiotherapy is to optimize a person’s movement and function, which may be impaired due to injury, illness, disability, or aging.

Physiotherapists have many tools in their arsenal to achieve positive health outcomes. Some of these methods include:

  1. Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques such as massage, mobilization, and manipulation.
  2. Exercise Therapy: Prescribed exercises and therapeutic activities to improve strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and coordination.
  3. Electrotherapy: To promote tissue healing.
  4. Hydrotherapy: Water-based exercises and treatments in pools or aquatic.
  5. Education and Counselling: Providing information, guidance, and support to help individuals understand their condition, manage their symptoms, and prevent future injuries.
  6. Functional Training: Teaching individuals how to perform everyday tasks in there work environment to help reduce pain and chronic injury.
  7. Assistive Devices and Equipment:

Philosophy of Physiotherapy

In modern medicine where everything has become super specialized and time a valued commodity, very few physicians are focusing on the body holistically and in its entirety. Physiotherapists are often referred to as the good guys/ gals of medicine, we are time rich and evaluate the body in its entirety. We use a holistic, patient centered approach and we focus on empowering our patients to become independent with strategies and techniques in preventative medicine that is evidence based.


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