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.
Would you like to gain an introduction into the field of physiotherapy? Back pain, sports injuries and ergonomics are common issues and having knowledge about these areas can help make a considerable difference to a person’s health. In this course we discuss these areas in details, looking at preventative measures, occupational health, recovery from injuries, the main systems in the human body and more.