The Definition of Physical Therapy
Certain accidents, injuries and some surgeries can leave people with a difficulty in moving due to a number of reasons. For example, people who have undergone accidents that caused broken bones or fractures often experience a hard time initially moving during their recovery period.
People who have also been bedridden, in a coma or any state of long-term inactivity may experience difficulty in moving normally when they manage to start moving again. In cases like these, patients are often advised to undergo physical therapy in order to recover their normal or close-to-normal bodily movements.
Physical therapy often involves a series of physical exercises which are often mild, depending on the degree of treatment needed by the patient due to his physical health condition. A few of these exercises can include weight lifting, core stabilization, walking, stretching, etc.
Treatment is often done at the hospital, but depending on the patient’s condition, the therapy can also be done at home. To sum it up, here is a definition from http://www.webmd.com:
“Physical therapy is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks… the goal of physical therapy is to make daily tasks and activities easier.”
What Physical Therapists Do
Of course like other medical fields, physical therapists are well-experienced with matters concerning the health of a patient. Some physical therapists can also be specifically certified in areas like sports, neurology and orthopedics.
For you to have a better idea on what people in this profession do, here are some examples of the regular duties of physical therapists:
● Consistent back or neck pain that may have been caused by an accident can be remedied by a physical therapist upon a doctor’s recommendation. This can often be common in patients who have to wear a neck or back brace following a surgery. A good physical therapists will be able to ease the initial discomfort in the safest way possible, to prevent a recurring injury.
● Physical therapists are also trained to detect and diagnose abnormal movement or movement dysfunction as a result of a health problem. Upon detection and further examination, the physical therapist will then arrange a treatment or program to enhance a patient’s functional and physical abilities. They help the patient manage the movement dysfunction so they (the patient) will be able to move as normally as possible.
● Physical therapy can also help people who are asthmatic, as the therapists will examine the patient’s chest movement and how the patient breathes. At times, physical therapists also test the way a patient breathes during exercise. After exams and coordinating with other health professionals involved with the asthmatic patient, physical therapists would recommend breathing exercises and physical activity advice. The therapists will also provide strategies for the patients to better manage asthma symptoms like wheezing, and will teach them how to breathe in a more relaxed manner.
Studying Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in the Philippines
There are a good number of universities that offer courses on both physical therapy and occupational therapy. In Mindanao, Liceo U is one of the best universities where you can study occupational therapy.
The university aims for her students to achieve total human formation grounded in the values of excellence, discipline, loyalty, integrity and service. That being said, studying here can be a great start for those who want to pursue an occupational therapy career!