Physiotherapy has existed as a type of treatment for dysfunctions and disabilities for decades. It is of paramount importance for the treatment of patients suffering from debilitating conditions as a result of accidents or diseases. Physiotherapy is typically carried out to move and strengthen every joint. It helps to regain or improve fitness and flexibility which allows for greater range of motion.
“According to the WCHPT (World Confederation for Physical Therapy), it is defined as “the area of health responsible for promoting, developing, maintaining and restoring people’s maximum movement and functional ability throughout their lives”.
Physiotherapy has come a long way from the early nineteenth century, when massage and manipulation were seen as being outside the pale of medical science, which at the time centered on drug treatment and surgical procedures.
Physiotherapy is anchored in movement sciences and aims to enhance or restore function of multiple body systems. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life. This holistic approach incorporates a broad range of physical and physiological therapeutic interventions and aids. Physiotherapy helps avoid surgery, reduce medication, manage pain and reduce the risk of injury.
Many benefits are available to the public through the widening scope of physiotherapy.