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Kinesiotherapy or Kinesitherapy or kinesiatrics (kinēsis, "movement"), literally "movement therapy", is the therapeutic treatment of disease by passive and active muscular movements (as by massage) and of exercise. It is the core element of physiotherapy/physical therapy.
Kinesiotherapy (KT) is the best option to transition a client from hospital to home. Not only does a Kinesiotherapist provide strengthening, transfer techniques (getting from one area to another), and durable medical equipment but they also provide caregiver training which is a terrific way to involve the family during the transition. Kinesiotherapists also have the freedom to evaluate the entire process by not just treating the diagnosis but treating the client as a whole.
Kinesiotherapy is the best option to transition the client from the current ability to long-term obtainable goals. Other therapy departments stop where KT just begins.
Equivalents of the term "kinesiotherapy" are used in place of the term "physiotherapy" or "physical therapy" in several non-English speaking countries (e.g. Bulgaria, Lithuania, Rwanda, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Belgium, France, Chile, Paraguay, and Romania).
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