Physiotherapy is concerned with human function and movement with the aim of restoring physical agility during recovery from illness or injury, or conditions such as arthritis. You will learn to manipulate sore body parts and supervise after-care exercises and activities.
Scientific learning is combined with practical ability and willingness to emphathise with people of all ages and from different walks of society (that is, the psychological, social and cultural aspects).
You will learn to assess the needs of the patient or client, then prescribe and carry out the appropriate therapy. You also learn to evaluate the effect(s) of the treatment and determine whether follow-up sessions are required. Some of the therapy techniques you will be taught include electrotherapy, manual therapy, radiation therapy, therapeutics movement and vibration therapy.
Biomechanics; cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders; communication and clinical effectiveness; kinesiology and electrotherapy; musculoskeletal studies; neurology and neurological rehabilitation; occupational therapy; physiological and pathological processes; psychology.
You will need at least three years to complete a degree in physiotherapy.
You will need a prior study of biology and, in some cases, mathematics. Many universities require prior experience in the healthcare field (paid, voluntary or observational).
Graduates can pursue careers as physiotherapists, physical therapists and orthopaedists in clinics, hospitals, nursing home and sport centres.