Physiotherapy has existed since the time of Hipprocates and later Galenus, which is believed to have been the first practitioners of physical therapy, advocating massage and manual therapy techniques as well as hydrotherapy as treatment.
Offen referred to as movement specialists, physio’s are trained to assess and treat a variety of conditions that affect the physical function of adults and children.
According to Medilexicon’s medical dictionary, physical therapy is:
The profession concerned with promotion of health, with prevention of physical disabilities, with evaluation and rehabilitation of persons disabled by pain, disease, or injury, and with treatment by physical therapeutic measures as opposed to medical, surgical, or radiologic measures
Working in various fields of medical practice such as orthopedics, neurology, cardiorepiratory etc. A physical therapist seeks to identify and maximize quality of life and movement potential through prevention, intervention (treatment), promotion, habilitation, and rehabilitation.
There’s a saying that goes, ” Physicians add years to your life, while Physiotherapists add life to your years.