Physiotherapy is the therapeutic use of physical means, such as massage, exercise, heat or electricity. This includes the restoration of movement, natural breathing, etc., after an operation or an accident.
It is also called Physical Therapy.
The word “physiotherapy” comes from the two Greek words “physio”, which means – “nature” and “therapy”. This means – “treatment” and together they describe a treatment of disorders by means of natural agents – light, water, heat, electricity, hands-on, and exercise.
Physiotherapy attempts to relief pain and prevents further damage and may also train different muscles to compensate for ones that have been damaged. However, the most useful in treating of spine-related pain and spine disorders part of physiotherapy are manipulative physiotherapy and McKenzie method.
Physiotherapy is practised by physiotherapists (also known as physical therapists, particularly in the United States), though aspects may also be practiced under supervised delegation by physiotherapy assistants or other health professionals.