Physiotherapy has existed as a form of treatment for dysfunctions and disabilities for thousands of years. It is considered a key treatment in the rehabilitation of patients suffering from debilitating conditions as a result of accidents or diseases.
Despite the fact that, since ancient times there have been references to the use of physical agents in order to prevent and treat diseases, but it was in ancient Greece with Hippocrates when they began to take the first steps in the development of physiotherapy as a profession.
Hippocrates used massages as a form of therapy to help restore and maintain the body’s motor and functional abilities.
Even today massages still continue to be associated with the physiotherapist precisely because of the importance that they have always had throughout the history of physiotherapy. However, the field of physiotherapy intervention and the techniques used by the therapist go far beyond massages.
What is physiotherapy?
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.
Its main interest and objective is to identify and maximise the quality of life and potential for movement of each person in the areas of promotion, prevention, treatment or intervention, in addition to adaptation and rehabilitation of health.
For physiotherapy, functional movement is essential for the person to be considered healthy.
When a person’s function or mobility is affected by pain, ageing, injury, disease, disability or long periods of inactivity, the physiotherapist is the health professional qualified to complete a full medical check up of the patient.
This check up focuses on the person as a whole, that is, the physiotherapist will consider not only the physical but also the psychological, emotional and social wellbeing of each patient with the view to reaching a diagnosis and developing the most appropriate treatment plan.
Thanks to their in-depth anatomical and physiological knowledge of the body and movement, the physiotherapist promotes wellbeing, mobility and independence in people of all ages.
The techniques used in physiotherapy today have evolved since the time of Hippocrates’ massages. Each area of physiotherapy intervention has its own specialised techniques and is based on scientific evidence. In today’s complex world, there are even physiotherapists specialised in just one area, and within that area, in some specific diseases (Parkinson’s, stroke, traumatic knee injuries, incontinence, etc.).
Areas of physiotherapy intervention
At Best Doctors we are committed to the health of everybody and believe that the movement of the body is essential for your health and well-being. For this reason, we know how important physiotherapy is to maintain and restore your health. Do not hesitate to contact a physiotherapist if you feel your mobility may be affected.