It is the belief of Physical Therapists that each human being is a uniquely organized and functioning combination of body, mind, and spirit. They believe that health is a state of complete physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
They believe that each individual is responsible for his or her own life and possesses the power to achieve an optimum state of health and empowering individuals to achieve this optimum state of health is the core purpose of health professionals.
They believe that all human beings are deserving of interactions consistent with an inherent respect for their dignity and recognition of their unique cultural and social beliefs and values.
Physical Therapy best supports these beliefs and is a profession dedicated to service, to people and society, and physical therapists practice in an artful, competent, compassionate, caring, legal and ethical manner.
Physical therapists practice mindful of the art and science of their profession.
Physical Therapists commit to lifelong learning and to searching for the evidence that supports and advances practice. Critical thinking, problem solving, intellectual perseverance and courage are all essential characteristics of the successful physical therapist.
Physical Therapists are involved in health promotion, prevention, and rehabilitation of individuals and populations throughout their lifespan.
Physical therapists diagnose movement dysfunctions based on skillful examination and evaluation regardless of the cause and provide skilled therapeutic intervention to foster improvement in physical functioning and maximizing overall quality of life.
Physical Therapists provide the initial access into the health care system for persons with impairments and functional limitations amenable to physical therapy and engage in referral relationships with other health care professionals.
Physical Therapist’s role also includes that of case manager, teacher, researcher, and consultant. [Courtesy of Samuel Merritt University website]