Why Not Become a Physiotherapist?

Written on:November 30, 2012
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Relieve pain with physiotherapy

Many of you will have felt the benefit of visiting a physiotherapist and know what a great job they can do for our wellbeing. But have you thought about getting into the profession yourself? You can find a list of accredited physiotherapists at

If you get on well with people, have good communication skills and like being hands on, then you’re off to a great start.The specific focus of physiotherapy is the muscular system, and how to get people moving again after injury or long periods of inactivity. Understanding the effects of injuries and illnesses is an invaluable asset to being able to minimize pain symptoms and maximize functional capabilities.

One of the great aspects of physiotherapy is you can work in a number of areas such as women’s health, sports injuries, elderly care, learning disabilities, occupational health or paediatrics. You can work within a hospital or at a private practice.

You will need to complete an undergraduate degree in physiotherapy in order to have a chance of entering the profession. Then you must register within the United Kingdom (UK) to work. Most physiotherapists still work for the National Health Service (NHS) but many will still work independently or in a community health practice. If you’re a youngster reading this then it’s best to get as many basic qualifications as possible – you can even study science and biology subjects as preparation. Getting good grades is the key to getting a place at university. The harder you work now the better it will be for you in the long run.

Once you’ve graduated it’s possible to specialise in a particular area. You can even complete graduate studies and go on to teach at a university. Physiotherapist wages start at around £19,600 to £25,500 and with experience, you can earn £32,000 or more. Senior positions can bring in earnings of more than £40,000.

There doesn’t seem to be a problem finding a job for good professionals simply because our society recognises the importance of non-pharmaceutical forms of therapy to help patients regain their health and mobility following an illness, injury or ageing related disorders and problems. Just imagine the kick you can get from helping someone on the road to recovery. Seeing them get out of a bad place thanks to your patience, compassion and finely honed skills as a physio.

To succeed in this very rewarding field you need to have a very team oriented approach as many clients will be referred from their general practitioner and you will be communicating back and forth with them and other health professionals. You also need to be hard working and extremely disciplined. But the rewards are well worth the effort.

You can find various course-providers by using Remember this is a great source of information for many other things as well.

So if this is the career for you or you’d like to change career paths then get out there and make your dreams become a reality. You might also be responsible for changing the lives of others for the better!

Leyla Mehmet

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