Do you know that in Ancient Sweden, Physical therapists were not called Physical therapists rather they were given a name related to gymnastics because they used Physical therapy for the relief of pain from Gymnastics. They were called "Sjukgymnasts"
Sjukgymnasts means “someone involved in gymnastics for those who are ill.” In 1813, Per Henrik Ling, the “father of Swedish gymnastics,” founded the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics. There, he instituted a system of exercises, manipulation, and massage for gymnasts, which is where the title “sjukgymnast” originated.
From Ancient Massage Therapy to wartime Reconstruction Aides, the history of Physical Therapy is as diverse and dynamic as the career itself!
In 2014, the name was changed from Sjukgymnasts to Physical Therapist.