Definition of Physiotherapy

In this article, we will discuss the Definition of Physiotherapy. So, let’s get started.

Definition

Physiotherapy is a profession by definition, which encourages the physiotherapists to practice their therapeutic techniques based on strong available evidence. The roles of physiotherapists in major areas
reasoning of concepts used. Following are the few definitions and role description of physiotherapists.

“Physiotherapists assess, plan and implement rehabilitative programs that improve or restore human motor functions, maximize movement ability, relieve pain syndromes and treat or prevent physical challenges associated with injuries, diseases and other impairments. They apply a broad range of physical therapies and techniques such as movement, ultrasound, heating, laser and other techniques. They may develop and implement programmes for screening and prevention of common physical ailments and disorders”.” (WHO) (ISCO-2264)”

“Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance and promotion of optimal physical function. Physical therapists are health care professionals who help individuals maintain, restore and improve movement, activity, and functioning, thereby enabling optimal performance and enhancing health, well-being and quality of life. Their services prevent, minimize or eliminate impairments of body functions and structures, activity limitations and participation restrictions.”(APTA)”.

“Physical therapy provides services to
individuals and populations to develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by aging.
injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy. Physical therapy is concerned with identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention,
treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation. This encompasses physical, psychological, emotional and social well-being. Physical therapy involves the interaction between the physical therapist, patients/clients, other health professionals, families, care givers and communities in a process where movement potential is assessed
and goals are agreed upon, using knowledge and skills unique to physical therapists “(WCPT)”.

“As per Delhi State Physiotherapy Council Act “Physiotherapy” means physiotherapeutic system
of medicine, which includes examination, treatment, advice and instructions to any persons preparatory to or for the purpose of or in connection with movement dysfunction, bodily malfunction, physical disorder, disability, healing and pain from trauma and disease, physical and mental conditions using physical agents including exercise, mobilization, manipulation, mechanical and electrotherapy, activity and devices or diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
(Ref:http://delhiassembly.nic.in/aspfile/billspassed/141997.htm)”.

“As per Marashtra State OTPT Council Act: “Physiotherapy” is a branch of modern medical science, which includes examination, assessment, interpretation, physical diagnosis planning and execution of treatment and advice to any person for the purpose of preventing, correcting, alleviating and limiting dysfunction, acute and chronic bodily malfunction including life-saving measures via chest physiotherapy in the intensive care units, curing physical disorders or disability promoting physical fitness, facilitating healing and pain relief and treatment of physical and psychosomatic disorders through modulating physiological and physical response using physical agents, activities and devices including exercise, mobilization, manipulations, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical and thermal agents and electrotherapy for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.” (Ref:http://www.msorptcouncil.com/OTPTActs.aspx.)”

“As per Tamilnadu State Physiotherapy Council Government Order “Physiotherapy” means health care profession, which includes examination, treatment, advice and instructions to any person preparatory to or for the purpose of or in connection with movement dysfunction, bodily malfunction, physical disorder, disability, healing and pain from trauma and disease, physical and mental conditions using physical agents including exercise, mobilization, manipulation, mechanical and electrotherapy, activity and devices or diagnosis, treatment and prevention.” Please Ref: GO. (Ms) No.338 Health and Family Welfare Department, Dated 16.10.2008, with Amendments GO (Ms) No.281 Dated 09-09-2009.of Health and Family Welfare (ZI) Department”.

“As per Gujarat State Physiotherapy Council Act “Physiotherapy” means a branch of modern medical science, which includes examination, assessment, interpretation, physical diagnosis, planning and execution of treatment and advice to any person for the purpose of preventing, correcting, alleviating and limiting dysfunction, acute and chronic bodily malfunction, including life-saving
measures via chest physiotherapy in the intensive care units curing physical disorders and disabilities, curing physical disorders or disability, promoting physical fitness, facilitating healing and pain relief and treatment of physical and psychosomatic disorders through modulating physiological and physical response using physical agents, activities and devices including exercises, mobilization, manipulations, mechanical, electrical and thermal agents and electrotherapy including therapeutic ultrasound, therapeutic laser, electrotherapy including electrophysiology for diagnosis, treatment and prevention.”

“As per Government of India- Quality Council of India, Survey Report & Recommendations of Clinical Establishments – Page-11 Physiotherapy Definition: The treatment of disease, bodily defects, or bodily weaknesses by physical remedies, as massage, special exercises, etc, rather than by drugs.
(Ref:http://clinicalestablishments.nic.in/WriteReadData/384)”.

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