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How to become a Physiotherapist

avg. starting salary

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


Physiotherapy Assistant

Up to £20,000


Up to £35,000

"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."

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