The hallmark of physical therapy, throughout history has been treatment by means of movement. The manual methods have always been the core of professional practice in physical therapy. Manual methods have been passed down from one pair of hands to the next. As the physical therapy profession is fundamentally practical, the question is how well this does coincide with the scientific training pursued in higher education and scientific demands in health care systems? Physical therapists are responsible for both the indication and arrangement of treatment. Analysis, assessment, treatment, and evaluation are all part and parcel of the physical therapistâs work. The responsibility imposes demands for clear justification and objective arguments for possible interventions. Higher standards for education and research in professional practice are being imposed. Physical therapists are expected to possess the skills necessary to modify the professional practice so that it aligns with new demands. Increased knowledge about the scientific basis of the field and awareness of current research, as well as knowledge about implications of this connection on professional practice is warranted Westerdahl E et al., Physical Therapy Research in Professional Clinical Practice.
Physical therapy/ physiotherapy are a branch of general practice which directly involves patient care and disease rehabilitation. Journal of general practice is an upcoming medical journal based on the theme of health practice and therapy. Journal editorial board experts will review the articles before publication.
Last date updated on July, 2014