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A brief history of Physiotherapy

Physicians like Hippocrates and later Galen are believed to have been the first practitioners of physical therapy, advocating massage, manual therapy techniques, and hydrotherapy to treat people in 460 BC. After the development of orthopedics in the eighteenth century, machines like the Gymnasticon were developed to treat gout and similar diseases by the systematic exercise of the joints, similar to later developments in physical therapy. Modern physical therapy was established towards the end of the 19th century due to events that had an effect on a global scale, which called for rapid advances in physical therapy. In the late 1950s, physical therapists started to move beyond hospital-based practice to outpatient orthopedic clinics, public schools, colleges/universities health-centres, geriatric settings (skilled nursing facilities), rehabilitation centres, and medical centres. Specialization for physical therapy in the U.S. occurred in 1974, with the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA being formed for those physical therapists specializing in orthopedics. In the same year, the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists was formed, which has ever since played an important role in advancing manual therapy worldwide.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is the treatment of injury, disease, and disorders through physical methods such as exercise, massage, manipulation, and other therapeutic over medication and surgery, it helps people affected by injury, illness, or disability through movement and sport, manual therapy, education, and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

What problems do Physiotherapy treat?

• Reduce or eliminate pain
• Avoid surgery
• Improve mobility
• stroke recovery
• sports injury recovery
• Improve balance
• Manage diabetes and vascular conditions
• Manage age-related issues
• Manage heart and lung disease
• Manage Women’s Health

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