What is Physical Therapy, or Holistic Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy (PT), also known as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions that, by using evidence-based kinesiology, electrotherapy, shockwave modality, exercise prescription, joint mobilization and health education, treats conditions such as chronic or acute pain, soft tissue injuries, cartilage damage, arthritis, gait disorders and physical impairments typically of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neurological and endocrinological origins. Physical therapy is used to improve a patient's physical functions through physical examination, diagnosis, prognosis, physical intervention, rehabilitation and patient education. It is practiced by physical therapists (known as physiotherapists in many countries).

Physical therapy is provided as a primary care treatment or alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical services.  As of 2015 all students that become Physical Therapists finish their education with a degree of Doctor.  Prior to that it was possible to become a Physical Therapist with the degree of Masters and until the end of the 1990’s it was possible to become a PT with a bachelors degree.  

Holistic Physical Therapy

Holistic medicine addresses the entire person rather than just treating or chasing one affliction, dysfunction, or symptom.  Holistic Physical Therapy also addresses the entire person, with a why, how, prevent a recurrence, and thrive-better-than-ever approach, rather than just treating one symptom and sending you on your way.  Let's find the root cause and help people trapped in a hamster wheel of masking pain.  Why are we having pain or discomfort, or why did a certain injury occur?  What is the root cause of our pain so we can overcome with minimal, harmful medications that just mask our pain?  How can we significantly decrease our chances of becoming injured again?  We are each unique individuals made up of physical, energetic, environmental, emotional, spiritual, and nutritional needs.  We need to listen to the messages our body is giving to us to find optimal health and to live our own version of healthy, happy lives.    


Check out our blog post "5 Myths About Physical Therapy" which busts some myths about who needs Physical Therapy or how it could benefit you in more ways than you think, some differences between seeing a Chiropractor or PT, and if you need a Doctor's referral. 

Schedule your free consult with WAV today to see how we might be able to help you get our of pain and find a wellness plan that addresses many facets of your life to help keep you at your best game!