Physiotherapist

JOB DESCRIPTION

Physiotherapists are primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease. They combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury, or disability. Through individualized treatments, physiotherapists can help you regain and maintain your mobility, and manage your condition independently.

Treatments

Your physiotherapist has the ability to use a broad range of treatment techniques to help you get better:

Exercise

A significant portion of work with your physiotherapist involves exercise. Your physiotherapist can help you recover from injury by prescribing exercises that can be done while at work or home.

Manual therapy 

Manual therapy refers to treatments administered directly by your therapist’s hands. All physiotherapists are trained in massage, muscle release, stretching, and mobilization of joints and soft tissues. 

Acupuncture 

Acupuncture involves using thin needles at specific points of the body to relieve pain and treat various physical disorders and systemic conditions.

Therapeutic Modalities 

The use of electrical currents, sound waves, ultraviolet rays and laser for promoting tissue healing are commonly used by physiotherapists and often in conjunction with other treatment techniques, such as exercise and manual therapy.

Hydrotherapy 

Hydrotherapy makes use of water to address your health concerns. You may receive treatment in either a whirlpool or swimming pool, which makes it easier to move your body. Or your physiotherapist might recommend contrasting hot and cold hand/foot baths, which addresses joint swelling and sensitivity.

Complimentary therapies

These techniques complement traditional physiotherapy treatment. Some names you may hear are Biofeedback, Craniosacral Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Healing Touch, Hellerwork, Myofascial Release, Visceral Mobilization, and Vodor.
http://www.mbphysio.org/physiotherapy

Where physiotherapists work

Physiotherapists work in a broad range of settings providing client and/or population health interventions as well as management, educational, research and consultation services. Physiotherapy can be accessed in the community at private clinics and through home care services. Physiotherapy services are often affiliated with retirement residences and child development centres. If you are admitted to the hospital for surgery, such as a joint replacement or heart surgery, chances are likely that the physiotherapist was an important member of your health care team.
http://www.physiotherapy.ca/About-Physiotherapy/What-to-Expect

If you like working with people and want to make a significant contribution to health care, a career as a physiotherapist may be just for you. 

Candidates must complete a Master's degree in physiotherapy and successfully pass the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) in order to register to work as a Physiotherapist. http://www.mbphysio.org/physiotherapy/becoming-physiotherapist

SALARY RANGE

$58,000 - $86,000

RECOMMENDED HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

Senior 4

Chemistry 40S, Physics 40S, Biology 40S

Math 40S (Pre-Calculus or Applied)

TRAINING & EDUCATION ROUTES IN MANITOBA   

University of Manitoba – Masters of Physical Therapy Program

http://umanitoba.ca/medrehab/pt/
 

University of Manitoba

 FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
COLLEGE OF REHABILITATION SCIENCES

 

The Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program consists of an integrated schedule of academic and clinical components that take place over a two year period.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The first year of the program takes place over 43 weeks and consists of:
• 31 weeks of academic study and
• 12 weeks (6 weeks and 6 weeks) of clinical placements.

The second year of the program takes place over 42 weeks and consists of:
• 24 weeks of academic study;
• 18 weeks (6 weeks, 6 weeks and 6 weeks) of clinical placements and
• A group capstone project interwoven throughout.

 

R106-771 McDermot Avenue
Telephone: (204) 789-3897 
Fax: (204) 789-3927
Email: SMR.info@umanitoba.ca

 

http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/health_sciences/medrehab/pt/index.html

LINKS TO SITES

Manitoba Physiotherapy Association  www.mbphysio.org
The College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba  www.manitobaphysio.com

Canadian Physiotherapy Association  www.physiotherapy.ca

The Physiotherapy Profession in Canada  www.umanitoba.ca/student/counselling/spotlights/physiotherapy.html

Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapy  http://manipulativetherapy.org

Sport Physiotherapy Canada  www.sportphysio.ca

How does Physiotherapy differ from other Health Professions?  www.mbphysio.org/comparison.htm