28 October 2018
Physical Therapy and Biomechanics
Biomechanics is very important in my field of choice, physical therapy. Biomechanics the application of the principle of mechanics to animate a motion. In the article “Our Hands Will Know”: The Development of Tactile Diagnostic Skill: Teaching, Learning and Situated Cognition in a Physical Therapy Program by Mike Ross, he expresses that “the body becomes a physical therapists instrument (para. 15), which is very important. Treating the body as an instrument gives you a feel of what you are doing, what needs to be done as well as how to do it. It also helps the clients be able to relieve their pain, restore their movement and so much more.
This journal by Mike Ross was written to inform individuals on how a physical therapy program uses the “teaching and learning of a concept in biomechanics, the manual techniques and tactile discrimination skills that accompany it” (Ross, para 1). Ross went to observe a class in a physical therapy program to better understand the process that individuals go through to become a physical therapist. He evaluates what is needed to teach and learn physical therapy. Physical therapy is the study of “human movement and is directed at assisting, teaching, and preventing movement dysfunction” (Ross, para 8). In doing so, biomechanics is used to assist in assisting, teaching, and preventing moving dysfunction.
In the article, they used resistance to discuss biomechanics. Resistance “refers to the stiffness of a...