Some techniques of physical therapysuch as massage and hot baths to relieve muscular strainhave
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 agentssuch as heat, cold and waterand
(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.