What is the role of a physiotherapist?
Physiotherapy is a branch of medicine that deals with methods of rehabilitation of patients. Its goal is to remove disease processes and their consequences, prevent and restore the fullest efficiency of a patient, giving him the opportunity of full participation in society. Many new techniques have been developed, providing more treatment options; there is also the necessary rehabilitation equipment that facilitates the treatment. Physiotherapy includes many different therapeutic activities, such as physical therapy, kinesitherapy (treatment of movement), ergotherapy (occupational therapy), therapeutic massage, balneotherapy (treatment with bath), and climatotherapy. After graduating from the major of physiotherapy, graduates are prepared to planning and carrying out the entire process of rehabilitation.
Features of a physiotherapist
Physiotherapist works with people, helping through physical therapy, massage and physical exercises. Therefore, it is not sufficient to have the knowledge about the fact which exercises shall be performed in specific cases. It is also important to have sensitivity to other people, strength and desire to help others. A good physiotherapist is also a psychologist. He must have the ability to make contact with people. Physiotherapist shall have the capacity for empathy, the ability to understand a patient, to respect his feelings and sensations. Each patient is different, and so a physiotherapist should choose individual exercise and treatments, reviewing them periodically. Equally important is the motivation to exercise. Effects of rehabilitation are often visible only after a few weeks or months of regular exercises.