General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Marc Terradellas Fernández

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 9

Teaching staff: 

Luciana Moizé Arcone
Esther Wall Gimeno 
Anabel Casanovas Alvarez 
Juanjo Garcia Gil 
Estefania Casas Patarro 
Marc Terradellas Fernández 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan
  • Spanish


Specific skills
  • 40_4_RAE15 - He will design the different modalities and general procedures of intervention in Physiotherapy applying Massage Therapy, Electrotherapy, Magnetotherapy, Hydrotherapy, Balneotherapy, Climate Therapy, Thalassotherapy among others

  • 40_4_RAE11 - You will identify the evaluation concepts, the fundamentals and the theoretical bases in the development of physiotherapeutic methods and procedures by applying them in the scientific and professional fields.

  • 40_4_RAE20 - Following an analysis, he will apply movement as a therapeutic measure, according to ergonomic and anthropometric principles in the patient/user in his process, promoting his participation during the practical seminars.

  • 40_4_RAE1 - It will integrate the principles and theories of physical agents being applied as interventions in physiotherapy, care practice documents and clinical simulation.

  • 40_4_RAE14 - You will be able to apply manual and instrumental assessment methods and procedures in Physiotherapy and Physical Rehabilitation, evaluating the result and its effectiveness in a teaching activity proposal.

  • 40_4_RAE18 - You will apply the specific methods and techniques related to the locomotor system, neurological processes, the respiratory system, the cardiocirculatory system and static and dynamic changes in the practical seminars.


The Physiotherapy Fundamentals subject is compulsory training for the Physiotherapy degree. In it, the foundations of Physiotherapy will be developed throughout history, both in its more procedural part and in basic theoretical aspects. The essential elements of the intervention of the future physiotherapist are described, taking into account the physical therapeutic principles, their application, the benefits and adverse effects, as well as the duration and frequency of interventions of the treatment proposed by the physiotherapist.

The subject is made up of theoretical classes and practical classes in small groups in the classrooms-gymnasium.

This subject aims to introduce the gender perspective in its content and development.


Fundamentals and Procedures of Physiotherapy. Theoretical concepts.

Topic 1: Conceptual bases of physiotherapy

Topic 2: Historical references in physiotherapy

Topic 3: Professional profiles and fields of action

Topic 4: General aspects in physiotherapy

Unit 5: Principles of human communication

Topic 6: International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)

Item 7: Clinical history in physiotherapy

Topic 8: Physiotherapy interview (ROMP-P)

Unit 9: Method of intervention in physiotherapy (MIF)

Topic 10: Code of ethics in physiotherapy

Unit 11: Physical agents: Kinesiology, Kinesitherapy, Thermotherapy, Cryotherapy, Electrotherapy, Hydrotherapy. Physiological effects and side effects of physical agents

Unit 12: Ergonomics and postural hygiene Health education

Unit 13: Hospital physiotherapy: Basics of hospital care

Unit 14: Basics of non-hospital care Home rehabilitation Telerehabilitation

Practical classes:

Topic 1: Generalities of massage therapy

1.1. Hygiene standards

1.2. Postures of the physiotherapist and the patient

Topic 2: Main maneuvers in massage therapy

2.1. Superficial and deep effleurage

2.2. Sliding pressure

2.3. Palm frictions

2.4. Kneading (digital, palmar finger, octopus thumb, knuckle and elbow forearm)

2.5. Percussions

2.6. Vibrations

2.7. Rolled clamp

2.8. Inhibitions

Topic 3: Practical sequences of therapeutic massage in the locomotor system

Topic 4: Generalities of Kinesitherapy

1.1. Fundamental considerations of joint anatomy and physiology

1.2. Effects of kinesitherapy

1.3. Passive kinesitherapy: Types of passive mobilizations

1.4. Basic principles of passive mobilizations

Topic 5: Passive Kinesitherapy applied to the Upper and Lower Limbs



Evaluation system


Evaluation system Minimum weighting Maximum weighting
SE1. portfolios
10% 40%
SE2. Oral presentation 20% 50%
SE3. Exam 30% 60%
SE4. Self evaluation 5% 30%
SE5. Evaluation between
equal (2P2) or
5% 30%

The total or partial copy in any of the learning activities will mean a "Not Presented" in the subject, without option to present in the proof of recovery and without prejudice of the opening of a file for this reason.

Attendance and rules of conduct: Attendance in class without respecting the basic rules of hygiene and uniform dress may be sanctioned. During the practices in class and especially during the assessment tests, students may not wear objects that could interfere with the execution of the techniques, such as rings, watches, bracelets, long earrings, etc.

Likewise, hand hygiene will be essential, with short, clean, unpainted nails. Given the practical nature of the classes and in order to facilitate and correctly perform the manual palpation procedures and the execution of the evaluation tests, it will be necessary to wear appropriate clothing such as shorts and a top, considering that in many situations the anatomical region evaluated must be stripped of clothing to be able to observe and palpate the anatomical reliefs.

It is an essential requirement to attend 80% of each of the practical blocks. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the subject being suspended and having to be taken again next year.



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