What is Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps to restore the optimal functioning of the body by minimizing several impairments and disabilities caused due to congenital conditions. The therapists who conduct a physical therapy help the patients to not only prevent from future deterioration but also in maintaining their regular and healthy health. The physical therapists are known to work for people of all the ages including the newborns too. They are the experts in making the body move and function effectively, thus promoting a healthy lifestyle for the people. 

A therapist helps to prevent majority of loss of movements and injuries that can often lead a person to become completely motionless or get affected with any prolonged illness. All the students who aspire to become physical therapists need to posses a graduation degree from the college and pass subsequently the exam of state license.

Students who have masters or a doctorate degree can also apply for the training in physical therapy. They can also opt for specific field in the physical therapy like orthopedic or geriatric. Soon after getting a valid physical therapy license or certification students can immediately start working in hospitals, offices, nursing homes, sports centers, school and patient homes too. 

The major role of a physical therapist is to treat the people by conducting regular exercise especially the patients who have undergone any recent injury or a surgery. A therapist will try to substantially manipulate the muscles or joints through a massage, or an exercise and then apply other alternative therapies like hot or cold packs, electrical stimulation or an ultrasound. 

A need to visit physical therapists usually arises when a person suffers from health problems like: 

  • A Prolonged and severe neck and back pain,
  • Arthritis,
  • A heavy breathing
  • Attack of heart or a stroke
  • A major problem with feets, legs and hands
  • A Fitness and health education
  • The disabilities in the infants and children
  • Several injuries, sprains or fractures,
  • Burns or amputations 

Physical therapists are also called as healthcare professionals who help in treating people who have numerous kinds of illness, injuries, and inabilities to perform any physical activity in their daily life cycle. They tend to develop and apply many different kinds of treatment techniques to encourage the easy movements of the human body, restore its functions, reduce the pain and prevent any further disability. 

The techniques may include manual therapy, functional therapy, therapeutic exercise or using various physical agents or adaptive and assistive equipments. Physical therapists also tend to work in complete co-ordination with several professionals and practitioners like dentists, nurses, social workers, physicians, occupation therapists, pathologists or audiologists.

A physical therapy is considered as a boon in the world of medicines by enabling the people of all ages to make their body function with ease and more independently without any support.