Definitions of "Physical Therapy" also known as "Physiotherapy"  -

Photo of physiotherapists doing actual treatment for lower and upper back probems of another physical therapist who is a competitive rower

The above photo is courtesy of two Canadian physiotherapists, Chris May & Faraley Vander Schilden and San Francisco cycling enthusiasts, Norberto & Shelley Li.  The physios (aka known as physcial therapists in USA) are with THE VICTORIA WESTSIDE SPORTS & ORTHOPAEDIC PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC

CHRIS MAY, B.Sc.Kin., B.Sc.PT.
Westside Clinic Director, Sports & Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapist, Certified Western Acupuncture Services

Chris May has a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria and a degree in Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia.  He is also a NCCP level 3 coach for rugby, and has coaching experience at the club, super league, provincial and national team levels. (quote from The Physio Room in BC Rugby News 01.2006
Westside Physiotherapy Clinic
174 Wilson Street,
Suite 240
Victoria, BC  V9A 7N6  Canada
Tel:  250.382.0777
Fax:  250.382.0777

Faraley Vander Schilden, B.Sc. Kin., M.Sc. PT
Registerd Physiotherapist
Vander Schilden has a history of competitive rowing, e.g. "8s" such as pictured in the photo above. Note: the clinic is located beside Victoria's Gorge area (near the Bay St. Bridge), where rowing teams often practice and compete in e.g. Victoria's annual corporate rowing challenge.
   Westside Physiotherapy
   Tel:  250.382.0777

References for Physiotherapists in Canada

Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia - home page image - CLICK TO THEIR WEB SITE

Sample References for Physical Therapists in U.S.A.

Physical Therapy / Physiotherapy Definitions

"...the treatment of disease by physical and mechanical means (as massge, regulated exercise, water, light, heat, and electricity) -- also called physiotherapy in other English speaking countries outside of USA" [p.546. Websters's Medical Desk Dictionary, 1986, Merriam-Webster, ISBN 0-87779-025-6]

In the U.S.A.  Why choose a Physical Therapist?  What Can They Do?

" Why a Physical Therapist? [quote fr.]
Physical therapists can help improve or restore the mobility you need to move forward with your life. If you are looking for a possible alternative to surgery and/or pain medication, consider a physical therapist. ...
Your Physical Therapist Can Help You With:
 ·   Arthritis
 ·   Back Pain
 ·   Knee Pain
 ·   Osteoporosis
 ·   Overuse Injuries
 ·   Shoulder Pain
 ·   Stroke
 ·   Sprains, strains, and fractures
 ·   And much more

About Physical Therapists
Intensive Education and Clinical Expertise
Physical therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. All physical therapists are required to receive a graduate degree - either a masters or a clinical doctorate -- from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. They are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body's ability to move and function in daily life.

More and more physical therapists are now graduating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. More than 92 percent of the 210 accredited academic institutions nationwide offering professional physical therapist education programs now offer the DPT degree - and more than 75% of all 2008 PT graduates hold a DPT degree.

Caring to suit anyone's needs
Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

Physical therapists diagnose and treat people of all ages [emphasis added], including newborns, children, and elderly individuals.  They may consult and practice with other health professionals to help you improve your mobility.

American Physical Therapy Association - home page
American Physical Therapy Association

Move Forward what can a physical therapist do for you

" You've heard about physical therapists, but what can they bring to your life?  A physical therapist can help you achieve and maintain mobility and quality of life without surgery or prescription medication, in many cases.  With their extensive education, physical therapists help you move forward so that you can get back to daily living., brought to you by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), is your source for information about how physical therapy can bring motion to your life. " [quote 30.11.2009 fr. produced by American Phsyical Therapy Association]

last update 27.11.2009 nc.