What is physical therapy?

Physics applied to therapy

  • Electrotherapy: Light, sound, laser, ultrasound, radio frequency, infrared, microwaves, etc.
  • Manual therapies: Massage, effleurage, adjustments, clapping, acupressure or lymphatic massage and many others.
  • Heat, cold, water, mud,
  • Movement is also a way of treatment if the intention of it, is to heal or make people have a better lifestyle. Passive movements, isometrics, stretching, respiratory exercise, etc.

All these techniques are meant to work on the different layers of the tissues and are empirically proven on real patients, recognized by worldwide health systems and organizations.

So let’s say mobilizing tissues is the clue for a healthier and more effective body. From the heart of the cell to the technique of a movement. Regenerating and oxygenizing the tissues for a better recovery or empower your skills for your daily life. That is the importance and vast use of physical therapy.

  • The different fields where we can apply PT is wide and diverse:
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sports
  • Geriatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Respiratory or amputees. Each specialty has its own protocols, specific treatments, developments and variations that adapt to the evolution of the patient.

A physical therapist is a health professional, with scientific preparation and enough skills to describe, identify, treat and compare different health problems which could be addressed with Physical Therapy.

All of this considers the individual in three dimensions: biologically, psychologically and socially.(White book/Libro blanco Título de Grado de fisioterapia, pg. 92).


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