The Qualities You Need For Physiotherapy Jobs

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Published: 16 Nov 2016      

Here at Sonographers Medical we advertise a wide range of jobs that span many medical professions throughout the country. Physiotherapy, in particular, is crucial because it helps those who have suffered from various injuries get back on their feet and rebuild the strength they need to lead normal lives again.

If you are thinking about pursuing a career in this field there are a number of common qualities that those who succeed in physiotherapy jobs tend to have.

Strong Communication Skills

Much of your job will be based around communicating with your patients. You will be spending an extended amount of time working with each individual on a one-on-one basis, which means you need to strike the right balance between the friendliness that will ensure your patients enjoy the sessions, as far as possible, and the ability to provide instruction, with explanations of why what you are doing will help with the specific issues each of your patients struggle with. Couple that with the need to be able to speak to fellow medical professionals when the time calls for it and your communication skills will be tested regularly.

Patience

For some patients there will be a lot of pain involved with physiotherapy and you may find that some make slower progress than others. As a physiotherapist you must understand that this is not something to get frustrated about. Showing anger or trying to force patients to push harder than they feel comfortable with can lead to distrust forming. However, there will also be times when you know patients can do better and need to offer them a little extra encouragement, which again can take time. Much like with communication, it is a little bit of a balancing act but exercising patience will allow you to stay professional at all times.

Observant

It’s often the smallest issues that lead to major problems, which means physios also need to be very observant. Simply asking your patients to execute a few manoeuvres and being satisfied when they do is not enough. You need to watch them carefully throughout the session to ensure that everything is working as it should. You need to understand the many minor actions the various parts of the body have to make to execute larger movements so you can spot issues with these actions that could have negative effects in the long run.

Hungry For Knowledge

As with most of the medical professions, there is always more learning to do. Advances in medical sciences, new theories and research all offer you the chance to learn more about your profession and develop new methods for helping your patients. Furthermore, each of your daily interactions are mini learning experiences that you can use for later sessions. Allowing your knowledge to stagnate may result in you losing pace with the profession, which not only means you offer a lower standard of care to your patients, but may also make it more difficult to find physiotherapy jobs in the future.

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