Physical therapists are licensed medical professionals that use conservative measures of restoring muscle and joint function to allow for optimum human performance.
Physical therapists are currently graduating with either a Master’s or Doctorate within their field. Upon graduation, all physical therapists must pass a national board exam, and become licensed by the state(s) in which they practice. Most states then require PTs to attend a certain amount of continuing education classes to maintain their license.
PT’s in Practice
Physical therapists can work in a variety of settings such as outpatient facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, fitness facilities, home health agencies, schools, etc. In all of these settings, physical therapists treat physical impairments that inhibit the body to function as it should.
Why is Physical Therapy Effective?
Physical therapy is a blend of active and passive modalities. Physical therapists can utilize passive manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization or massage as well as joint mobilizations or manipulations. To reinforce the passive modalities, exercises are then prescribed to “teach” the body to move in a more efficient and less painful manner. Most importantly physical therapists will provide you an education about your body and what you can do to treat yourself, as well as what you can do to prevent future injury.