Why a Career in Physiotherapy is Good for the Soul
12 Apr 21
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Categories: Sport, Sport Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, Undergradute
Physiotherapy can be an incredibly rewarding degree. It is the perfect starting point for a career as a medical professional or to work in sports physiotherapy while providing many transferrable skills to other roles in the sports science and health industry.
Our focus on putting our students first and a friendly community atmosphere is incredibly important to us. For a vocational degree like physiotherapy, it is essential that individuals receive all the help they need to reach their ambitions and goals.
Here’s a look at this profession in detail and what job prospects you can enjoy after you complete your degree.
What Is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a holistic approach to improving the functionality and movement of patients. In particular, the field focuses on treating injuries, illnesses, and disabilities.
It is a client-based industry where appointments are made to discuss any recurring issues. Once the problem is diagnosed, a program is designed for the individual to follow. The aim is to ensure long-term relief and the prevention of future problems.
Common workplaces and institutions include:
· Professional sports clubs
· Elite athletes
· Health centres
· Schools and armed forces
NHS physiotherapy for example places a large emphasis on the health and well-being of patients whereas sports physiotherapy has a greater focus on the performance of athletes.
What Is Physiotherapy Treatment?
Firstly, physiotherapists offer advice to their clients. A common cause of injuries and stiffness is a lack of physical activity. Practitioners find ways for individuals to do more exercise as part of their routine. They emphasize the importance of posture and avoiding sitting for prolonged periods.
Secondly, therapists demonstrate beneficial exercises. These can include strengthening exercises or movements that improve mobility. In some cases, advanced treatments are used, such as aquatic therapy. Water is non-weight bearing, so it is a less strenuous way of rebuilding strength.
Thirdly, therapists perform advanced massages on their patients. You will learn how to manipulate pressure points and increase blood flow. This is especially effective for muscular problems.
How Does Physiotherapy Work?
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy promotes four key elements:
The neurological aspect places emphasis on brain function. It can help patients who have suffered from conditions such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease.
Neuromusculoskeletal relates to physical injuries. They can be hard-tissue like fractures and dislocations or soft-tissue such as sprains and chronic pains.
The cardio-vascular element links to heart problems and circulation. For example, rehabilitation of a patient after a heart attack.
Respiratory is focused on breathing and the treatment of lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
On the physiotherapy course, you will learn varying strategies on how to treat conditions related to these.
If you think this course is the right fit for you, visit our BSc Physiotherapy page at the University of Bolton and apply for 2021 to make a real difference to people’s lives.
We are ranked in the UK's top 10 for student satisfaction and teaching quality*. The University Of Bolton truly is the perfect place for you to achieve a renowned degree and start a successful career in Physiotherapy.
* Complete University Guide in 2021 and 2020
*The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2021
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