Physiotherapy is the treatment of pathologies or traumas through the use of forces of natural origin, such as heat, cold, massage, water, therapeutic exercise, light, electricity and magnetic forces. (Downer A.H, Spears V.L).
Physiotherapy has ancient origins, it is believed that the first precursors of physiotherapy were the doctors of antiquity such as Hippocrates and Galen that starting from 480 A. C proposed treatments such as massage, techniques of manual therapy and hydrotherapy to patients.
The first documented origins of the current Physiotherapy as we today refer to the Swedish Per Henrik who founded in 1813 the “Royal Central Institute of Gymnastic” (RCIG) for massages, manipulations and exercises.