According to the dictionary the literal meaning of physiotherapy is

“The treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.”

The science of physiotherapy is believed to have been practiced as early as 400 BC by Hippocrates and Galen physicians as they advocated manual therapy techniques, massage, and hydrotherapy methods in treating their patients.Physiotherapy was institutionalized during the First World War, and women were recruited to help work with soldiers, providing physical therapy to help treat the injuries that they suffered from.

In 1918, reconstruction aide then became the official term to refer to individuals practicing physical therapy It has been an integral part of the medical profession. Professionals who practice Physical therapy are called Physiotherapists. When you go to a physiotherapist they go through all your medical history, clinical records and prescriptions. On the basis of observation and findings they come up with diagnosis and physical treatment plan.

The key role of a physiotherapist is to PROMOTE, MAINTAIN AND RESTORE movement related to HEALTH through :-

1.Physical examination



4.Patient education

5.Physical intervention


7.Disease prevention and Health promotion.

The awareness about perception and profession has been changed. Earlier people used to consider physiotherapists and massage therapists the same. Now, things have changed, people are getting more aware about the profession and have started understanding its role and importance in Health Care.

“Physiotherapy is a long term Rehab Program but not a One Time Passive Procedure”

Many times people consider going to a physio center, getting manual therapy and electrical modalities for pain relief is enough and they leave the therapy midway, which leads to recurrence of the problem and people start considering that physiotherapy doesn't work. Hence it is important to understand that physiotherapists use combination of :-

1.Physical modalities

2.Electrical modalities

3.Mobilization techniques

4.Progressive exercise programs

Physiotherapy is practiced in many specializations such as :-

1.Orthopedic physiotherapy

2.Musculoskeletal physiotherapy

3.Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation

4.Women’s health physiotherapy

5.Neurology physiotherapy

6.Oncology physiotherapy

7.Endocrinology physiotherapy

8.Sports physiotherapy

9.Geriatric physiotherapy

10.Pediatrics, wound care, community based rehabilitation.

Physiotherapist role is not limited to hospitals, but is also very crucial to our patient setup, sports teams, community centers, home environment, rehabilitation facilities, schools, hospice, fitness centers to sports training facilities. Physical therapy has been found to be effective for improving outcomes, both in terms of pain and function. Benefits of Physiotherapy :-

•Focus on functional recovery and outcome

•Use of physical modality and exercises for treatment.

•Drug free and non invasive

•Progressive in nature

•Involves the patient actively.

•Patient is empowered with strategic rehab plan

What we do at Health Q Rehab…

Health Q Rehab is a Digital Physio Rehab platform where we provide Specific Rehab programs which are designed and delivered by expert Physiotherapists. In India it is rare to find niche based Physio Rehab Services, but you can get them at Health Q Rehab which gives EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT, AFFORDABLE AND ACCESSIBLE services. Make sure to reach out to Us.

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