My 5 top reasons for being a Physiotherapist
Excel’s new Senior Physio, Laura Lee, is experienced in treating headaches, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, musculoskeletal conditions and post-operative conditions. In this article, she shares her five top reasons why she likes being a Physio. You can also learn more about Laura here.
Seeing Patients Get Better
This is one of the most rewarding points I find that drives me to be a Physiotherapist. It is seeing patients get better over a course of treatment and/or rehabilitation and achieving their goals. Helping patients to be able to do the most simple and practical things in everyday living again is just so important and rewarding.
Meeting Different People from Different Walks of Life
The pleasure of working as a health care professional is that I get to meet a lot of different people, and people who are working in various professions. I never realised that there are so many occupations out there until I met and treated so many different patients during my career, whether it was in a hospital or private practice.
I have noticed that patients from different walks of life are surprisingly very diverse. I get so much inspiration from my patients, including those who are much older than I am, as their experiences in life are quite different to what I have personally experienced in this modern time. At Excel we treat patients from a whole diverse background and I love it!
Understanding How We Move and Use Our Bodies
This may sound very unusual, but knowing how we move during everyday life intrigues me and makes me want to learn more. Every person moves and uses their bodies differently. I believe that everyone should be treated uniquely as we are all built slightly differently to each other. Our demands in activities from day to day may also be different than others. These just keep me thinking on my toes and asking questions!
With the experience I have gained over the years, I have understood the importance of a multidisciplinary team and multidisciplinary approach to what we do as Physiotherapists. It is not only about what we can do to help patients, but it is also working alongside with other healthcare professionals such as doctors, specialists, and dieticians, just to name a few.
With a good relationship between patients and other health care providers, I find that I could achieve a better outcome for my patients. This in turn helps me understand the reasons why holistic care is so important for patients and I appreciate each team member’s role towards the same patient goal.
Expanding My Experience
Being a health professional means I have to ‘better myself’. This means, a lot goes into studying and going to professional development courses. I enjoy learning new exciting concepts and techniques every time I go to a course, which in turn helps me to assist patients to get back on their feet.
At Excel Physiotherapy and Wellness, we have weekly in-service training, where we all learn from each other. We also have one-on-one weekly mentoring sessions with Tim Ellis, our Principal Physiotherapist. This really helps me with my reflective thinking and help me to be the best Physiotherapist I can be, and therefore continue to help others!