Kinesiotherapists develop and monitor exercise programs to help people regain muscle strength and function lost due to injury or disease. Some kinesiotherapists focus on specific types of patients or conditions, such as people recovering from injuries or those with degenerative musculoskeletal disease. They guide patients through therapeutic exercise, aquatic therapy, learning to walk, using prosthetics/orthotics and developing a lifelong exercise regimen.
Kinesiotherapists know all about anatomy and how each part of the body works by itself and in conjunction with other body parts. They then choose exercises that will achieve specific strength or mobility enhancing goals, without causing the patient pain or further damage. Kinesiotherapists emphasize the psychological as well as physical benefits of therapeutic exercise for rehabilitation.
For each patient, the kinesiotherapist will:
In addition to choosing the right exercises, a successful outcome depends on how well the therapist and patient work together. Building rapport and motivating the patient to do the exercises regularly is a key role of the kinesiotherapist.
To be a successful kinesiotherapist, you must be intelligent and honest, practice good judgment and have good interpersonal skills and the capacity to react to emergencies in a calm reasoned manner.
Kinesiotherapists work in every type of health care setting, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, sports medicine facilities, fitness centers, colleges and universities, Workman’s Compensation programs and private offices. They may also be self-employed as a consultant for individuals with physical limitations.
Starting salaries for registered kinesiotherapists range from $36,000 to $47,000 a year. The national salary range for a full-time registered kinesiotherapist position is $60,000 to $90,000. The national average salary for registered kinesiotherapists is $78,000.
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To become a kinesiotherapist, you must graduate from an accredited kinesiotherapy program with a bachelor’s degree. You can expect to take a lot of science courses, including anatomy and physiology, for example.
In addition to classroom study, students perform a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical work under the supervision of a registered kinesiotherapist.
Passing the kinesiotherapy registration examination provides certification of the therapist’s knowledge and skills.
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Last updated: July 18, 2016
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