Physical therapy traces back to Hippocrates who began advocating for the use of hydrotherapy, manual therapies and massages with his patients in the year 435 B.C. Modern physical therapy began in the late 1800s and early 1900s helping polio patients and rehabilitating World War I soldiers. Women, known as reconstruction aides or re-aides played a primary role in assisting injured soldiers.
In the later 1950s, physical therapy practices moved outside of hospitals to outpatient clinics, geriatric care facilities and rehabilitation centers. More recently, COVID-19 spurred physical therapy providers to offer telehealth services. With nearly 43,100 physical therapy clinics in the country, Think Whole Person Healthcare is grateful for our onsite physical therapy team serving patients of all ages in Omaha and western Iowa.