What treatments do they use?
Since Physiotherapy is a field that covers a wide range of health problems, Physiotherapists are skilled in using just as a wide a range of treatment methods.
Some of these include the following:
- Manual therapy | Joint manipulation, mobilization, resistance training, stretching
- Exercise programs | strengthening of muscles, posture correction, cardiovascular training
- Electrotherapy (TENS) | Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation | ultrasound laser therapy
Physiotherapists follow a holistic approach to treatment, because there are usually several things to consider when looking at a patient’s problem. For instance, chronic back pain could be related to bad posture, work, or being overweight.
It is important for the Physiotherapist to understand the patient’s condition in the bigger picture before a treatment plan can be developed that is best suited to them. A detailed examination is done, where the Physiotherapist will look at, not only the patient’s health complaint, but at other areas including work, home environment, background, and so forth.
In order to practice as a Physiotherapist in South Africa, a 4-year BSc Physiotherapy is required from a University. All of the major universities in the country offer this degree option. To qualify for tertiary education, a National Senior Certificate is needed, and this must meet the prerequisites as stipulated by the degree course.