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Holistic Therapy Consultancy & Health Management Centre
Physiotherapy provides a means of improving the movements of the muscles, joints and limbs. It is a diverse discipline and can be used to treat
a vast range of conditions.
Physiotherapy is a modern, Western adaption of the ancient
medical massage practices developed in China.
Modern Western physical therapy dates back to P-H Ling, who
founded the Swedish Institute of Gymnastics for massage,
manipulation and exercise in 1813.
Forms of treatment:
Massage: involves patterns and sequences of hand movements,
which ease tension in muscles and joints, improve blood flow, and
increase mobility and flexibility.
Hydrotherapy: usually takes place in a specialised pool. Exercises,
coupled with the pressure of the water, improve circulation and
allow muscles/joints to move more freely.
Electrotherapy: involves the use of controlled very mild electric
shocks in order to increase nerve activity. This decreases muscle
pain, aids muscle repair and regeneration.
Exercise and Movement: one of the fundamental concepts of
physiotherapy is to improve the range of movement of joints
and muscles, to achieve flexibility and reduced stiffness.