The .physio Founders Program engaged key individuals and organisations within physio to proactively develop and maintain .physio domains prior to general availability.

With their early action the .physio Founders have demonstrated their leadership, initiative and vision. The .physio Founders are listed below.


  • World Confederation for Physical Therapy
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
  • Physio Deutschland LV
  • South African Society of Physiotherapy
  • Physio Austria

Education Providers

  • Bond University
  • University of Melbourne
  • Manual Concepts


  • Elsevier
  • sportEX


  • Riseley Physio
  • Back in Motion
  • Symmetry Physio
  • City Physio
  • Physio & Fitness Gladstone
  • Sheen Physiotherapy
  • Breathing Works
  • LifeCare

Service Providers

  • iphysio
  • my physio
  • Bounce Back


  • Jon Ford
  • Dr Toby Hall
  • Robyn Hickmott
  • Paul Levitt
  • Kim Robinson
  • Jamison Ruscoe
  • Nathan Smith
  • Dr Darren Beales
  • Mark Edgar
  • Stephanie Aicken
  • Jessica Birt

The Founder logo explained

The .physio Founders logo honors the man we consider to be the founder of the modern physio profession – Swede, Per Henrik Ling. Having completed his theological studies in 1797 Ling travelled abroad for seven years, teaching and studying. Financial difficulties and poor health forced his return to Sweden, where he was appointed fencing-master of Lund University. Ling found that the daily exercise combined with passive movements of his joints and muscles contributed to the restoration of his health. He saw the potential for adapting these techniques to promote better health for all. Ling took classes in anatomy and physiology, and reviewed the medical training curriculum to develop a system of massage, manipulation and exercise.

After several attempts to interest the Swedish government, Ling at last obtained co-operation in 1813, when the Royal Gymnastic Central Institute for the training of gymnastic instructors was opened in Stockholm – with himself appointed as principal. Whilst orthodox medical practitioners were initially opposed to the claims made by Ling and his disciples concerning the health benefits of physical therapies, his contribution was eventually recognised by being elected a member of the Swedish General Medical Association in 1831.

Thanks to Ling’s initiative, perseverance and leadership physio’s were given official registration by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare in 1887. Other countries soon followed, with the formation of the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy in 1889, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in Great Britain in 1894 and the forerunner to the Australian Physiotherapy Association in 1904.