Evolution of Physiotherapy

September 9, 2014 | By | Reply

In today’s modern society with awareness of health and fitness, a Physiotherapist plays a vital role as a health professional.

Physiotherapy as a medical profession dates back to the earliest article on physiotherapy in 1813 which was written by Per Henrik Ling. Soon other countries followed and in 1894 four nurses in Great Britain formed the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Modern physiotherapy started in 19th century and during the 1st world war women trained in physiotherapy were recruited to work with the injured soldiers to rehabilitate them to lead a pain free independent life.
Initially physiotherapy was only about massage and passive stretching. Over the last 2 decades it has undergone innovative changes. Many new advanced Physiotherapeutic Techniques are delivered by trained Physios in both inpatient and outpatient set ups
Extensive research and advanced knowledge over the last few decades has changed the practice of physiotherapy. These advances have taken the profession to a different level and now physios can now treat a variety of medical conditions and injuries with better long lasting results. Some of these are:

  • Spinal Injuries : back/ neck pain, scoliosis, osteoporosis
  • Musculoskeletal Pain : knee/shoulder injuries
  • Post operative rehab : cardiac, neuro, pulmonary, joint replacements, post fractures
  • Neurological Injuries : stroke, paralysis, parkinsons
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Pediatric : neonatal disorders, growing dysfunctions, postural issues
  • Women’s Health: ante natal, post natal, osteoporosis
  • Sports Rehab: injury management and prevention,marathon training,sports specific training
  • Fitness Training: weight reduction/management,endurance training,core training,body toning,cardio vascular training
  • Occupational Injury Prevention and Management : workstation evaluation and advice, ergonomic training
  • Geriatric Rehab: for senior citizens, prevention of falls, general conditioning

Presently physiotherapy is one of the leading branches of the medical field. It is not only needed for the injured/hospital bound but also for prevention of injuries.

Physiotherapists are an integral part of the medical team in hospitals (both inpatient and outpatient). They attend to patients in the intensive care, recovery rooms and in patient units.

Most sports teams and professionals have a physiotherapist assigned as part of their support team.
Physiotherapists also attend to those who are unable to travel and are housebound. Their primary aim is to get the person mobile and independent. This is known as ‘Home-based Rehab’.

Physiotherapy Day is celebrated globally on 8th September.

Physiorehab is a wholistic health and fitness physiotherapy clinic in Mumbai practicing the advanced Physiotherapeutic Techniques providing its services to all age groups and wide spectrum of dysfucntions and disabilities that plague modern society.

Physiorehab takes the opportunity of World Physiotherapy Day to thank all our patients, friends and well wishers for supporting us through the years.

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