When the body experiences an injury, it is often helpful and sometimes necessary to have a physiotherapist assist patients on the path to recovery. In certain vocations like dance or athletics, physiotherapists can also help instruct the performer on the best and least stressful way to practice their craft.
Physiotherapy assistants work alongside a registered physiotherapist, assisting them with therapeutic exercises and developing healing programs. Because of the increase in outpatient rehabilitation, some tasks that used to fall under the jurisdiction of a physiotherapist are now performed by a physiotherapist assistant.
A physiotherapy assistant is in effect like being a personal trainer with medical and anatomical knowledge, helping to nurse your body back to a healthy, working state or helping to improve the dexterity and strength of an already healthy body as a proactive preventative health measure.
The Physiotherapist Assistant diploma program at the National Academy of Health and Business aims to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge in physiotherapy, seeking to provide them with the practical training and workplace skills step into a career as a physiotherapy assistant. The program’s duration is a total of 36 weeks with an 11 week clinical placement. NAHB maintains excellent relationships with many renowned private clinics, athletic clinics and hospitals and provides students with excellent job placement options.
In the program, you’ll cover a range of topics, including:
– Anatomy and physiology
– The nervous system
– Water and electrolyte balance
– Ultrasound theory and application
– Communication disorders
– Amputation and prostheses
– Ethical issues
Prospective students looking to embark on a career as a physiotherapist assistant should have excellent communication skills, great memory and retention skills, a high attention to detail and be able to think critically. As physiotherapist assistants mainly deal with patients, communication and interpersonal skills are among the most essential for the job.
The National Academy of Health and Business is particularly unique in that, upon graduation, talented instructors with a wealth of experience in the field will help find your job placement for you.
In the job placement, you will be able to apply the skills and knowledge you learned in classes to accomplish tasks in a real physiotherapy setting. Through this, you will gain the confidence and relevant experience that will make you an essential hire for employers.
Physiotherapist assistants will find great careers in physiotherapy clinics, sports medicine clinics, long-term care facilities and more.
Typical Job Duties
Responsibilities as a physiotherapist assistant include walking patients through specially designed exercises that restore or expand functionality, whether at a physiotherapy clinic or a home healthcare situation. Physiotherapy assistants may also educate patients so that they can complete exercises on their own time.
In a recovery situation, patients may have experienced physical damage – for example a broken limb or a torn muscle, or neurological damage, such as a stroke. Physiotherapy provides a chance for the patient to rebuild and re-strengthen the body after the damage. In patients with healthy bodies, the exercises and the care provided by a physiotherapist assistant can prevent things like strains and makes sure bad habits that will damage the body are not adopted.