Cultural Competence

The cultural differences between groups is vast. What might be the norm in one culture is taboo in another. Consider eating. In the west, we eat most meals with a fork, knife or spoon. To eat pasta or a curry with our hands would be considered unhygienic, unsavoury and child-like. But in places like Nepal… Read More

Motivational interviewing

Physiotherapy, physical therapy – the name itself is deceiving. It sets up a misconception. Physiotherapists help with physical problems (muscle injuries and such) using physical modalities (massage and exercise, for instance). Using a physical approach will work sometimes (with varying degrees of success). But other times, physical therapy will miss the mark completely. We, as… Read More

The Skills To Make Us Better

How can we achieve better outcomes? For the health of our patients By lowering costs for third parties like employers and insurers And, most importantly, for ourselves. That is, improved satisfaction and, hopefully, greater career longevity. What factors hold us back? Do we need to improve on the skills we have? Or, are we missing… Read More

Part Four: Rethinking Professional Development

Professional development (PD) is a critical part of our practice. It keeps our skills relevant and helps to move our profession forward (part one). But while our current PD system has its strengths, it has its weaknesses too (part two). Other professions and physiotherapy abroad approach PD in a different manner (part three). In this… Read More

How to use your journal

Your journal helps you to think critically about what you do on a day-to-day basis as well as who you want to become as a physiotherapist. Below are ideas for things to include in your own journal. Take what is useful. The ideas below are expanded upon in other pages. Set your goals What is… Read More