What is Physiotherapy?

What is Physiotherapy?

Physical therapy, also known as physiotherapy, is one of very unique and a very critical healthcare profession. Its key focus is to restore movements and function in life of a person who is affected by injury, illness or disability. It equally helps in reducing risk of injury or illness in the future.

Physiotherapist work within a wide variety of health settings to improve a broad range of physical problems associated with different 'systems' of the body. In particular they treat disorders related to neuromuscular (brain and nervous system), musculoskeletal (soft tissues, joints and bones), cardiovascular and respiratory systems (heart and lungs and associated physiology) and women’s health.

Physiotherapist have a key role in hospitals, community centers, clinics, old age homes, rehabilitation centers and schools, workplaces, sports field. Physicians like Hippocrates, and later Galenus, are believed to be the first practitioners of physiotherapy, in 460 B.C.
In India, It was first started in 1952 with the outbreak of polio in Mumbai. The very next year, India's first school and Centre for physiotherapy was started in Mumbai itself, with the support of government and support from the World Health Organization (WHO). There are multiple specialties of Physiotherapy. As mentioned below:

• Musculoskeletal sciences (MSK / Ortho)
• Cardiovascular and respiratory sciences
• Neurology
• Pediatrics Physiotherapy
• Sports Physiotherapy
• Rheumatology
• Older People / Geriatrics
• Pain
• Women’s Health
• Oncology
• Public Health

Physiotherapy is noninvasive and safe therapy for treatment. A regular physiotherapy session usually comprises of use of electrotherapy devices for the purpose of pain relief , practicing of manual techniques that focus in improving mobility, Progressive exercises program for the purpose of improving mobility, flexibility and strength and ergonomic care to improve postural alignment.

Physiotherapy is a treatment modality that not only focuses on symptom relief but aims at enabling recovery and rehabilitation. So if you are suffering from any movement related disorder physiotherapist is your best recovery partner.

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