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Physiotherapists for a day

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016

Petawawa Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic opened its doors to students from Bishop Smith Catholic High School, inviting them to learn more about what life is like as a physiotherapist.

This open house has been occurring for several years, and has always been a great success.

“I really feel that if you can get your hands on things, and learn a little more about the profession, you’ll have a better job deciding what you want to do,” said Clinic Co-Owner Jennifer Schori.

Becoming teachers for the day allows her and her staff to give back to the community, and help shape the students’ future, shining a light on this growing sector of the health care industry.

“It breeds awareness of what we do here and that we are here and waiting to help anybody who needs help,” said Schori.

It is a challenging and rewarding career, said Schori. It does require a Masters Degree, and prospective physiotherapists must be committed to assisting individuals recovering from illness and injury, and promoting physical health. They must also be caring and compassionate, collecting knowledge through years of experience and continued education.

For some that education begins early.

Teacher Carol Plue brought her Grade 12 health care students to the clinic on May 18 to let them see the physiotherapists in action for themselves.

“We try to give them experiences outside of the classroom,” she said. “... We feel that this type of hands-on, experiential learning is a great asset. They get to see the real world, and a real world application.”

As well as learning about the industry, therapeutic exercise, proprioception and balance, therapeutic taping and tools, the students were introduced to acupuncture and electrical muscle stimulation. The braver students submitted themselves to both of these therapeutic practices. This hands-on education allowed them to see if this was a career path that interested them.

“Some of these students might become physiotherapists as a career and this gives them a head up of what to expect,” said Plue.