Physiotherapy is a health discipline that offers a non-pharmacological therapeutic alternative that, in many cases, helps to alleviate the symptoms of multiple ailments, both acute and chronic.
Physiotherapy or Physiotherapists are often related to massage, but their arsenal of therapeutic techniques is much broader.
Who is the physical therapist?
Healthcare professional trained to evaluate and treat people with conditions or injuries that limit their ability to move and perform physical activities Physical therapists use methods such as exercise, massage, hot compresses, ice, and electrical stimulation to help strengthen muscles, relieve pain, and improve movement. They also teach exercises to help prevent injury and loss of motion.
The Physiotherapist is a healthcare professional with university training, whose competencies are included in the Law on the Regulation of Health Professions. The degree held is the Diploma in Physiotherapy (3 years). According to the new regulations, of adaptation to the Australian space, it will be the Degree in Physiotherapy (4 years).
As a university professional, your training is guaranteed by an Official Degree, with the guarantees of content and hours of compulsory practices that this entails (about 2300 hours of training currently that will become more than 4000 with the new Degree in Physiotherapy) .
After his university studies, his training is enriched with continuous training in the most innovative techniques and methods, always under the endorsement provided by belonging to the scientific community.
The physiotherapist can offer you multiple solutions to your health problems, always guaranteeing their safety, reliability and effectiveness.
Social utility of physiotherapy
Physiotherapy and, specifically, the physiotherapist, as a health agent, work for the prevention, cure, and palliation of musculoskeletal and postural problems.
The physiotherapy develops his work in four main fields:
- Healthcare: its work consists of promoting, preventing, curing, and alleviating the health of patients by applying the range of knowledge acquired in their ongoing training.
- Teacher: their work consists of training and promoting knowledge of Physiotherapy in public and private university schools, as well as in the training proposals called for the continuous training of the physiotherapist.
- Researcher: his work consists of looking for scientific evidence of the ways of proceeding of physiotherapy, offering the patient, consequently, those actions with the greatest guarantees of success, scientifically proven by valid studies of the scientific community.
- Management and Direction: carrying out their work in the management of healthcare, educational centers, or professional associations.
What is and does a physical therapist?
Based on the current concept of Health, physiotherapists act from three levels: primary (prevention, education and habilitation), secondary (cure of processes) and tertiary (functional recovery treatment in pathologies and processes already established and chronic). So they will have a presence in:
- Integration schools (enabling children with different disabilities so that they can access an education. Adaptation of the academic curriculum to the real needs and capacities of the child).
- Special schools (children and young people with a level of ability that require specific institutions).
- Gymnasiums, sports centers, and clubs (improves performance by correcting sports gestures and immediate recovery from injuries).
- Health Centers (Health education work, promotion of self-care, preparation for childbirth, treatment, and monitoring of certain minor and chronic processes).
- General hospitals (Physiotherapy units within the Rehabilitation service that also includes Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedics, Psychology, …).
- Hospitals and specialized services (paraplegics, burns, major neurological syndromes, transplants, respiratory, cardiac, …).
- Psychiatric hospitals.
- Residences for the Third Age (preventive-therapeutic tasks that seek to improve the quality of life in the elderly).
- Private cabinets (with the traditional approach and innovative aspects such as Physiotherapy in animals, urogynecological re-education, …).
- Labor and private insurance companies.
- Associations and self-help groups.
- Day Centers (non-residential social service facilities that seek to improve the bio-psycho-physical state of the elderly without taking them away from their usual environment, …).
- Teaching centers (Professional Training of health branches, University Schools of Physiotherapy, …).
- Spas and SPA.
- Companies (the physiotherapist advises on ergonomics to minimize occupational risks).
- Physiotherapy centers for animals (racetracks, zoos, veterinary centers, …).
- Management and administration positions.