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Some techniques of physical therapy—such as massage and hot baths to relieve muscular strain—have been around for centuries. But the practice only became a healthcare specialty after World War I, when programs for the physical rehabilitation of wounded soldiers were first introduced.

Since then, the art and science of physical therapy has moved beyond merely regaining maximal movement after an injury. Physical therapy focuses on pain relief, the promotion of healing, restoring function and movement, ergonomic training (body mechanics) and fitness.

A physical therapist evaluates and treats injuries and other trauma, with the goal of pain control and the restoration of full function. Therapists use a combination of treatments to correct soft-tissue and joint dysfunction. Usually the therapy combines exercise, hands-on techniques, physical agents—such as heat, cold and water—and (most importantly) education, to help you use your body to its fullest capacity.

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Explore the many therapy treatments offered by the Myofascial Therapy Center. They include occupational, manual and hand therapy.