Shadowing a DoctorMay 22, 2015
Therapy is a kind of repetitive or regularly recurring treatment that is given to patients over a period of time in order to cure an existing mental or a physical ailment. Therapists do not focus on just treating the immediate problem in isolation. They also offer patients assistance and support with their ongoing rehabilitation and curative process. If you are considering pursuing a career as a therapist, it is a good idea to explore the many specialisation options that are open to you.
Behavioural Therapy and Psychotherapy
Psychologists and psychiatrists often use this therapy to treat patients who are suffering from some kind of mental problem or emotional difficulty such as anxiety, dejection or depression.
Physiotherapy focuses on providing relief or cure for a patient’s physical ailment. This kind of therapy may be given to an individual after they have undergone surgery or if they suffered some injury in an accident. Physiotherapy is also given to patients suffering from a musculoskeletal or degenerative disease. A physical therapist must have a graduate degree in this field in order to be able to practice. However, it is also possible to work as an assistant or an aide to a professional physical therapist if you do not want to spend the additional years in having to obtain a Master’s degree in this field.
Massage therapy makes use of massage and touch to help individuals get rid of stress and other problems. In order to be qualified as a massage therapist, it is sufficient to have only a bachelor’s degree in the field. An advanced degree is not required.
Radiation therapists handle radiation treatment which is given to patients who are suffering from cancer. These therapists work alongside oncologists in order to administer the prescribed dose of radiation to shrink or eliminate tumours that are cancerous. This form of therapy is getting increasingly popular and there is a high projected growth rate over the next few years. You only need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in order to work as a radiation therapist.
Speech therapists work with children and adults who have some type of speech impediment, whether it may have been caused by a physical or a psychological condition. These specialists often work in schools where they help young children who stammer, have lisps or are developmentally delayed. With adult patients, the focus is generally on re-learning speech after traumatic brain injury, stroke or some other condition affecting their speech.
Becoming a dance therapist is a great career option for those who love dance and want to combine it with medical knowledge as well as the urge to help people. This form of therapy encourages people to express themselves through dance, which is very effective for treating a wide range of physical and emotional conditions. You need to have a master’s degree in dance movement therapy before you can start practice.
Respiratory therapists usually work in hospitals. They use various kinds of machines and apparatus to help patients who have difficulty breathing. This is also one of the few careers in therapy that does not require you to gain a graduate degree. A bachelor’s degree is sufficient in order to qualify as a respiratory therapist.
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