Do you know that many physical therapy techniques date back as far as 400 B.C? Greek physicians Hippocrates, Plato, and Galen are believed to be among the first advocates of massage and hydrotherapy, and this can be linked to the techniques used in Today's Physical Therapy. Ancient writings from Persia, China, and Egypt describe the benefits of exercise, movement, and massage for ailments.
Although it is said that Physical Therapy started during World War1, but the Chinese, Egyptians, Greek, and Persian have been using several techniques used by the Modern Physical Therapist thousands of years ago to treat People.
Hippocrates known as the Father of Medicine and Plato who were both from an Island in Greece wrote about a specific Therapy called Hydrotherapy simply put as Water Therapy. They discovered that natural hot springs seemed to have healing properties. Specifically, the qualities of the water helped relieve skin diseases, and relax swollen joints and muscles and they built Thermals around hot springs. By 500 BCE in ancient Greece, physician Herodicus was prescribing manual therapy and exercise to treat pain and disease.
The Tao-Tse people of ancient China recorded some of the earliest instances of the “Cong Fu” therapeutic movement in 3000 BCE.
The Ancient Egyptians focused on energy Pathways and were all about correcting imbalances in blockages and restoring energy flow. This is similar to reflexology and many other Eastern modalities of massage. Elements of this type of massage are taught today in many massage therapy programs.