Physical Therapy

The use of the physical agents in the treatment of disease or injury. The most frequently used of these agents are (1) hydrotherapy: water applied at various temperatures and pressures; (2) exercise; (3) rest; (4) massage; (5) light therapy: sunlight and artificial radiation including visible, infrared, and ultraviolet radiations; (6) electrotherapy: low voltage direct and alternating currents and the high frequency currents including shortwave and microwave diathermy; (7) ultrasonic therapy: high-frequency sound waves. Physical therapy is best administered by professionally trained and registered physical therapists. It may also be applied by graduate nurses who have had training in this field. Physical Medicine. When physical therapy is administered on the prescription and under the supe...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.