Physiotherapy is a branch which mainly concentrates on physical aspects of an individuals healthcare, by treating their physical ailments. It helps in prevention as well as correcting bodily dysfunctions. This branch has evolved from simple massage to a complex assortment of therapies - now, it has multiple and specialized applications. Physiotherapy is an essential part of rehabilitation dedicated to minimizing disability among people. It is mainly recommended for physically challenged people or those suffering from degenerative disorders like arthritis, neurological disorders and sports persons. It is one of the rapidly growing areas of medicine.
Career in physiotherapy is a wise decision as the scope is huge and has a vast range of career options to choose from, people can either work in India and the options abroad are also limitless.
Physiotherapy aspirants should go for a physiotherapy degree program and has to meet specific requirements. If the candidate is studying life sciences like biology, anatomy, he has fair chances of getting into Physiotherapy course. If the candidate has a background in psychology and social science it will further help him in doing a course in physiotherapy as the subjects are taught during the course in detail.
There are two levels of qualifications in physiotherapy, 1) Bachelor of physiotherapy and 2), Masters in Physiotherapy. While bachelor in physical therapy has duration of 4 and 1 /2 year (including Internship), the masters in physiotherapy has the duration of two years. A person after doing +2 with biology is eligible for bachelors’ degree. For masters, a bachelor degree in physiotherapy is must.Students who wish to do research in Physiotherapy can opt for Junior Research Fellowship.
In current scenario, muscular and skeletal problems such as backache, stiffness in body parts have become common pertaining to fast paced lifestyles and stressful jobs.
This therapy basically uses physical agents such an exercises, massage and other modalities for remediation of disabilities and maximization of mobility and thus improving the quality of life. With fitness being the primary concern in today's hectic lifestyles, Physiotherapists have ample job prospects in Hospitals, Nursing homes, Rehabilitation centers, Private offices such as Private practices or Private clinics. Additionally, a person with qualification in physiotherapy can work at clinics, fitness centers and Health clubs.
Students who have qualification in physiotherapy are required to have soft skills such as communications, critical thinking skills and should be a team player to get a job. Initially, the salary package is low at the beginning but after a course and experience it jumps up extraordinarily. However, the pay package differs from the company to company and the college one has done his course from.