Though the terms are often used interchangeably, physical therapy and physiotherapy are forms of rehabilitative health practiced in slightly different ways. They restore, maintain and promote optimal movement and physical function. They target activity limitations, participation restrictions, and environmental barriers experienced by individuals with motor impairment. Physical therapy uses functional training, manual therapy, assistive technologies, and electrotherapeutic modalities.
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapy (PT) is a branch of rehabilitative health that is considered one of the most important aspects of treating children with Cerebral Palsy. Those with Cerebral Palsy experience mobility, function, posture and balance challenges of varying degrees, and physical therapy – which focuses on basic mobility such as standing, walking, climbing stairs, reaching or operating a wheelchair – is a key element in the multidisciplinary approach to increasing a child’s mobility.
Physical therapy is the rehabilitation of physical impairments by training and strengthening a patient’s large muscles – those in the arms, legs, and abdomen. The goal of physical therapy is to maximize functional control of the body, or increase gross motor function.
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