The journal "Problems of balneology, physiotherapy, and exercise therapy"(or “Voprosy kurortologii, fizioterapii i lechebnoy fizicheskoy kul’tury”) is the oldest Russian journal that publishes articles concerning the medical application of therapeutic physical factors. The journal was founded in1923 on the initiative of professor P.N. Obrosov, the then head of Department of Health Resort Management, personally supported by Minister for Health N.A. Semashko.
The journal highlights the key issues of fundamental studies, physical methods for the treatment of various diseases, recent achievements of domestic and foreign researchers, and applications of innovative technologies in the clinical practice.
The journal publishes results of the studies on mechanisms of physiological and therapeutic action of physical factors, effects of therapeutic physical training, data on the methods for the treatment, rehabilitation, primary and secondary prophylaxis, remedial therapy of various pathological conditions. The journal provides an important forum for discussions of complicated and debatable theoretical and practical problems of health resort medicine, physiotherapy, and therapeutic physical training with the participation of leading specialists in these fields. Results of research and reports of practicing physicians appearing in the journal cover the experience with the use of physical and therapeutic methods in the practical work of medical and health resort facilities, organization of physiotherapeutic services. Methodological issues and data on innovative approaches approved for clinical application by the Russian Ministry of Health are published under the headings “Guidelines for practitioners” and “New technologies” alongside with the lectures on the topical problems of health resort medicine, therapeutic physical training, and rehabilitation techniques summarizing experience with the practical use of physical methods for the treatment of various diseases. The most interesting materials are published in the section entitled “Pages of history”.
The authors of the journal are leading domestic and foreign researchers as well as young specialists and practicing physiotherapists.
The journal regularly publishes reviews of the books on health resort medicine, physiotherapy, and therapeutic physical training. The everyday life of physiotherapeutic community and a broad range of events in the scientific life of specialists in health resort medicine, therapeutic physical training, and rehabilitation techniques are covered in the journal publications. Reports on the work of congresses, conferences, and symposia are published along with the information about forthcoming workshops and scientific forums.
The journal is intended for practicing physiotherapists, specialists in therapeutic physical training, and rehabilitation medicine, researchers working in these fields, and health providers affiliated with health resorts and spa facilities.