Physical therapy has helped many people around the world gain mobility. Whether it’s recovery after an illness or injury, or treatment for a deformity or disability, physical therapy can help you achieve a higher quality of life.   

What Is Physical Therapy? 

Physical therapy uses techniques including heat, massage, and exercise to help people regain mobility or reduce discomfort. It is an excellent alternative to drugs or surgery. At our clinic, we get many questions about the benefits that physical therapy can bring. We also get questions about how it differs from other healthcare treatments. For this reason, we thought people might like to know a few fun facts and little-known anecdotes about physical therapy and the people who practice it. 

Eight Physical Therapy Facts You Probably Never Knew 

  • It all began in World War I. Physical therapy was initially created to help injured American soldiers in their recovery during WWI.
  • Physical therapists went by a different name. When the physical therapy profession first originated, the people who performed the treatment were called “reconstruction aids.” Today, we call them physical therapists.
  • Physical therapists really get around. Physical therapists can work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, schools, emergency rooms, and clinics. This flexibility is only one of the many benefits of the job.
  • There are many different types of physical therapy. This is a broad field that offers a range of care. It includes therapies such as pulmonary rehabilitation, neurologic rehab, and orthopedic care.
  • They can treat vertigo. Many people suffer with this debilitating disease. The source of vertigo comes from the vestibular system in the inner ear. A physical therapist can treat vertigo is as few as one appointment.
  • Physical therapy was once a female-driven profession. While most professions were dominated by men, more physical therapists were female than male when it all began. The first president of the American Women’s Physical Therapy Association was Mary McMillan.
  • It really caught on in the late 1960s. The physical therapy assistant position was created in the late 1960s, and graduation rates soared throughout the early 1970s. The position was in such high demand that some schools could not graduate physical therapists fast enough.
  • A Bachelor’s degree was all you needed. In the 1990s, this changed. At that point, anyone who wanted to work as a physical therapist had to obtain a Master of Science. Today, physical therapists are required to hold a doctorate.

Have Any Fun Facts To Add To The List?

We hope that you have learned a few fun facts you never knew before about physical therapy and how it turned into such an important profession in the U.S. If you have any fun facts that we did not include here, please feel free to let us know! And if you need the services of a physical therapist, give us a call at Wellness Center of NY today to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

- The Wellness Center of NY
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