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Are you a practical person who wants to help people? Are you good at giving backrubs? You should be a Physiotherapist.
Physiotherapists help treat people with injuries or physical difficulties. Whether it’s to help rehabilitate someone after a sports injury, to improve the mobility of an elderly patient, or to assist someone suffering from an illness on the road to recovery, the work they do is absolutely invaluable in ensuring people are as happy and pain free as possible.
Whilst day-to-day activities may vary, typical duties for a Physiotherapist could include:
- Collaborating with patients and their families to decide the best course of care
- Drawing up treatment plans
- Educating patients and teach techniques to help improve their mobility and alleviate pain
- Helping people with joint, spinal or muscle problems
- Managing the rehabilitation process for those with serious injuries, or following medical accidents
- Administering specialised techniques to help individual problems, including: massage, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy, acupuncture and hydrotherapy.
To be successful in this position, above all else you will need to be a caring and practical person.
Physiotherapy can be a slow and painful process, with significant improvements often hindering on an immense amount of discipline and hard work from the patient. With this in mind, excellent motivational skills could also be key to your success.
Other key attributes include:
- The ability to build rapport and absolute trust in your patients
- Excellent problem solving skills
- A vested interest in physiology and the human anatomy
- Sensitivity, and a reassuring and comforting approach
- The ability to relate to people from all backgrounds and walks of life
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I used to be a semi-professional footballer, but my career was cut short by a serious knee injury. During my rehabilitation, I got friendly with my Physiotherapist (Donald), and I began to get really interested in the science behind my injury. I decided to find out more, and I'm now a fully-qualified Sports Physiotherapist. It can be tough seeing people at their lowest point, but I love motivating people to push themselves through their recovery.
To become a physiotherapist, you will either need a degree in physiotherapy, or hold a postgraduate degree which is approved by the HCPC (Health and Care Professionals Council). There may also be specialised accredited and part-time courses in physiotherapy to help you qualify.
not allow you to practice or call yourself a physiotherapist. To do so you must complete a HCPC approved physiotherapy course. For more information please visit the HCPC website. Do you want to: Learn about physiotherapy to improve your own health?Understand how to prevent injury and the impact ... Read more
of the subject the course starts with an explanation on physiotherapy and what physiotherapists actually do. Following that you look into the treatment procedure through assessment and diagnosis. You can also expect to learn about musculoskeletal therapy, alternative therapy techniques – like ... Read more
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