What is Physiotherapy?

The word physiotherapy comes from the union of two Greek words: "physis", which means nature and "therapeia", which means treatment. Therefore, from an etymological point of view, physiotherapy or physis-therapeia means "treatment by nature", or also "treatment by physical agents.

Physiotherapy or physical therapy is a free, independent and autonomous profession of health sciences dedicated to the study of life, health and diseases of the human being.

When does a physiotherapist intervene?

A physio intervenes when the human being has lost or is at risk of losing or altering, temporarily or permanently, the proper movement and physical functions of the body. He usually intervenes through the use of scientifically proven techniques.

The assistive function of physiotherapy

The physiotherapist, as a health professional, establishes relationship with a healthy and sick people with the purpose of preventing, curing and recovering through the performance and techniques of physiotherapy.

At Physiotherapy Birmingham, the physiotherapist establishes a prior and personalized assessment for each patient and issue the physiotherapeutic diagnosis. This diagnosis will consist of a functional evaluation system and a clinical physiotherapy history. This will set therapeutic objectives and, consequently, will design a therapeutic plan.

Without any doubt, the main tool of the physiotherapist is the hand and the manual therapy.

The various physical therapies are:
  • Massage therapy: The application of different massage modalities such as therapeutic massage, therapeutic manual lymphatic drainage, deep transverse massage, cryo-massage, sports massage, myofascial induction and release, neuro-muscular, myotensive manual techniques, connective tissue massage, reflex massage, periosteum massage, etc.
  • Kinesiotherapy, or movement therapy.
  • Vertebral manipulation and peripheral joints.
  • Manual orthopedic physiotherapy or manual therapy.
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Postural re-education and manual kinetic methods of assessment and treatment, strengthening, stretching and rebalancing of the musculoskeletal function.
  • Motor control.
  • Articular, neuro-meningeal, fascial and visceral mobilizations.
  • Analytical stretches in physiotherapy: These are nalytical therapeutic maneuvers in the treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies.
  • Manual methods of re-education of postural tone, synergies and pathological neuro-motor patterns in the case of neurological physiotherapy
  • Manual methods of airway unblocking, rebalancing of ventilatory parameters and reem-education of effort in the case of respiratory physiotherapy.
  • Hypopressive myasthenic gymnastics and other analytical or global methods for the re-education of pelvic uro-gynecological dysfunctions in the field of Obstetric Physiotherapy.
  • Functional bandage and kinesio-taping.
  • Diacutaneous fibribolysis
Physiotherapy also helps other physical agents through the use of health technologies in:
  1. Electrotherapy: The application of electric currents.
  2. Ultrasonotherapy: The application of ultrasound.
  3. Hyperthermia of contact: Application of hyperthermia equipment or contact diathermy.
  4. Hydrotherapy: Water therapy.
  5. Thermotherapy: Heat therapy.
  6. Mechanotherapy: The application of mechanical devices to the therapy.
  7. Radiation (except ionizing radiation)
  8. Magnetotherapy: Therapy by electromagnetic fields.
  9. Cryotherapy: Cold therapy.
  10. Laser therapy.
  11. Vibro-therapy.
  12. Pressotherapy.
  13. Radial shockwave therapy.
  14. Electro bio-feedback.

You can walk into Physiotherapy Birmingham for the best of therapeutic solutions for the mind and the body.