Today I was asked to participate in a world-wide project that I think is very important, so I’m going to extend an invitation to all my physical therapy friends to participate as well. I had heard about the Big Physio Survey from Physiopedia, but I had never really looked into what it was.
What they’re doing is asking physical therapists/physiotherapists (whatever you’re calling yourself) to write up a little blurb about what you did at your job today. The point being to capture the breadth of physical therapy scope of practice. I think this is very important as we move forward in direct access. Most places have more direct access to physical therapy services than the poor public does here where I practice unfortunately. I think some of the barrier to getting that going here and getting it going better in other places is that the public just doesn’t know what physical therapists can do. Think about all the skills you have… now think about all the skills your coworkers represent… now think about all the different ways those skills can mesh into a cohesive treatment strategy. Add in the different clients variable… And physical therapy becomes what I love: a beautiful dance between client and therapist that results in improved mobility, health and fitness. But all those variables makes knowing what to go to your neighborhood physical therapist for difficult to see in the eyes of Joe Schmoe Public.
So anyway, think of the last bit of physical therapy magic you did that made you proud. Then click here and write about it! It might take you 10-15 minutes if you really think about it, maybe less if you’re not an overanalyzer like me. Besides contributing to the knowledge of what physical therapists do, you’ll also get a participation certificate when your “case study” is approved for publication on the website. Sounds like good quality resume fluff to me!