What is physical therapy assistance why do we need it?
Assistance provided by a therapist through exercise, balance training, massage, and other therapeutic aid so that a person can attain normal posture, balance, and movement as before is physical therapy assistance. Americare PT provides one of the best therapists assistants to assist you with the pain and discomfort that you have been going through.
What does a physical therapy assistant do?
There are several duties and roles that a physical therapy assistant needs to fulfill –
- Keen observation on the pre, current, and postconditions of a patient – Keeping a record of the progress or declination of growth of a person
- Help patients to lift their bodies and exercise according to the therapy plan.
- Help patients with massaging and body stretching.
- Know about the tools used in mobility such as walkers.
- Assist and help family members to learn to handle the post-treatment methods
The working hour and duties vary from person to person depending upon the organization and needs of the patient. Some assistants might work full-time while others might be working part-time. An assistant requires a high school diploma or an equivalent degree.
What qualities should a physical therapy assistant have?
- Politeness and compassion
One thing that all patients need is compassion. This gives motivation and helps the patient recover quickly with a ray of hope and empathy.
As physical therapy assistance you have to understand that changes don’t take place overnight. Patients suffering from mobility ailments might recover very slowly you need a lot of patience to deal with them. Frustration and agitation will take you nowhere
You have to be very punctual to provide your patients with immediate assistance if they have to go to the loo or if they feel a sudden intense pain.
- Physical Stamina
To make your patients exercise and move you have to keep moving and exercising for almost the whole day. This requires physical strength, stamina, and dedication to work.
One thing that does a miracle to a patient’s recovery process is motivating them to understand and realize that they can overcome and battle the current situation with strength. Motivate them to get back to their normal life routine. This will surely give them a quicker recovery.
A physical therapy assistant mostly has to deal with elderly people. You must respect them and recognize their needs. An elderly person sometimes goes through isolation from the family and society. This makes them lonely to a point where there is no more urge to continue their life. Make sure they don’t feel the same when with you. Engage them in conversations. Be a good listener. Listen to what they have to say. Try to get into their shoes and empathize with them. Old people need us, we all will go through the same phase in life someday. They don’t ask for much all they need is your time, a little attention, and recognition.