Choosing the Right Fitness Health Club

Obesity and weight gain is not new to the eyes of modern men. Cases of obesity continue to rise globally as faulty lifestyle are patronized and introduced to the younger generations. People find solutions to health issues such as weight problems. Bodybuilders emerge and are hailed as idols to modern society, making fitness, the modern trend in today’s time. Every structure related to fitness increases year after year as demands of fitness health clubs increase. As billions and billions of dollars are spent annually on weight loss regimen, thousands also turn to fitness health clubs to stay fit and maintain the right curves. Despite the presence of modern technology and the rise of drugs that promise weight loss, majority of the population still turn to strenuous exercises in fitness health clubs to cater their hunger for weight control.

Choosing the right fitness health club may be challenging but the right one can be found with these simple steps. First, always consider the distance or the location of the fitness health club. Make sure that the location is convenient for you. If you are not at ease with the fitness health club’s location, choose another one. A person may feel lazy to go to a far and hassle-located health fitness club.

The next factor to look is the staff. The fitness health club’s staff builds the overall performance of the fitness health club. If the staffs are friendly and polite, they might give the best first impression of a club. Also make sure that the instructors are trained professionals. Their training is essential to those with delicate physical needs. Next to check in the club’s program. The fitness health club’s program may vary and some of them may fit your preference.

Check on the club’s facilities if they have complete sets with enough gadgets to cater to everyone in the club. Also see to it if they are properly maintained and cared for, for safety reasons. The comprehensiveness and care of the club’s facilities are important for your holistic exercise regimen. The fitness club would still be a dud if it weren’t clean. If the maintenance does its job well, the fitness club should be clean and presentable.

The health fitness club is a good ground for social interaction. When you see that the fitness facility has social-friendly areas, this may be enough for you to interact and find a new friend, who may then help you motivate to maintain your exercise habits. Try to compare the certain health fitness club you are looking at with other facilities around the city. Comparing them may answer the questions you want to ask in terms of completeness and preferences. When you’ve verified and you’ve chosen a certain facility, there are still a few more things to ponder before signing in for membership. Ask yourself if the price is right or reasonable enough. Ask if you still have the time and the determination to continue the exercise regimen in a long-term basis. If your schedule and determination does not interfere with the qualifications you ask for, you already have chosen the right health fitness club for you.

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Out of Home Advertising With Health Club Media

Looking for an OOH advertising channel to reach the health-minded, mobile, and affluent demographic? Whether your message pertains to college students, seniors, mothers or business people, health club media provides many effective touch points for your target consumer.

Numerous out of home advertising opportunities exist at fitness clubs, including digital displays, indoor panel posters, yoga mats, sampling/giveaways, sponsored music, backlit displays, branded weights and floor mats – just to name a few. An advertiser can utilize the various media types to target consumers in the classroom/studio, locker room, restroom, cardio room, weight room, lounge or reception area.

Benefits of the Health Club Advertising -

Gym and fitness club advertising tends to reach a more active, affluent demographic. Recent trends have moved the age of the demographic from younger to more moderate. For example, people in their 40s and 50s are seeing the benefits of fitness clubs, plus many gyms have begun implementing programs for active seniors. In fact, according to American Demographics, over 17% of gym-goers are aged 55 and over. However, it’s still very effective in reaching the 18-49 age group as well.

Advertisers can engage specific groups of consumers with gym and fitness media because of the many different ways a message can be delivered using the medium. However, with a full club campaign, targeting additional demographic segments simultaneously is also easy. Another benefit of health-club advertising is the association of your product with a healthy lifestyle. By including fitness centers in a campaign, the advertiser connects with people who take care of themselves and want healthy products.

How the OOH Medium is Used -

To target different demographic and lifestyle segments with health club media, advertisers can use location, health club type, program and time of day.

Geographic location is one way to reach a specific demographic segment. Look not only at the demographic make-up of that particular area of the market, but at the surrounding areas as well. Check to see if the gym or fitness club is located in a heavy office area (white collar workers), school/college area (college students or mothers) or affluent neighborhood.

If targeting by behavior or lifestyle segment, the type of fitness center can make a big difference. For example, gender-specific clubs and family fitness centers are going to have quite different consumers. Incorporating specific health club types into a media plan is a great way to target specific lifestyle segments.

Targeting by program can be a great way to get your media in front of the senior, college students, mothers-to-be and business people demographics. For example, express workouts, yoga/Pilates and personal training sessions draw different types of consumers, making niche targeting simple.

Reach consumers during different times of the day using specific media products that allow for day-part scheduling. For instance, the younger demographic typically works out later in the day, while seniors work out in the morning. Many digital networks allow this type of scheduling. Other options might include providing the front desk with coupons to be given out at a certain time or scheduling a promotion to hand out samples to specific groups at specific times.

Markets Available for Health Club Advertising -

You can find gym and fitness club media in any market in the U.S. If you aren’t aware of any companies covering a health club type or location, you could contact an alternative media provider for a list of health club advertising opportunities in your area.

How Health Club Media is Measured -

Currently, there aren’t any real standard guidelines for measuring a health club media ad campaign. Club membership and traffic numbers can be used. Also, an advertiser could incorporate sampling, couponing, etc. Health club media can also be measured if it directs the consumer to a particular website. In addition, there have been recent studies breaking down health club statistics, and national media monitoring groups are observing ongoing audience measurement for some of the health club network providers for both digital and static displays.

New OOH Advertising Technologies Available -

Digital screens are prevalent in health clubs. Some networks are operated by satellite feed, while sponsored music can be piped into locker rooms and workout studios. Some other innovative technology can be seen around the club, such as water-activated shower floor mats.

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Disparities in US Healthcare System

Healthcare disparities pose a major challenge to the diverse 21st century America. Demographic trends indicate that the number of Americans who are vulnerable to suffering the effects of healthcare disparities will rise over the next half century. These trends pose a daunting challenge for policymakers and the healthcare system. Wide disparities exist among groups on the basis of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geography. Healthcare disparities have occurred across different regional populations, economic cohorts, and racial/ethnic groups as well as between men and women. Education and income related disparities have also been seen. Social, cultural and economic factors are responsible for inequalities in the healthcare system.

The issue of racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare have exploded onto the public stage. The causes of these disparities have been divided into health system factors and patient-provider factors. Health system factors include language and cultural barriers, the tendency for racial minorities to have lower-end health plans, and the lack of community resources, such as adequately stocked pharmacies in minority neighborhoods. Patient-provider factors include provider bias against minority patients, greater clinical uncertainty when treating minority patients, stereotypes about minority health behaviors and compliance, and mistrust and refusal of care by minority patients themselves who have had previous negative experiences with the healthcare system.

The explanation for the racial and ethnic disparities is that minorities tend to be poor and less educated, with less access to care and they tend to live in places where doctors and hospitals provide lower quality care than elsewhere. Cultural or biological differences also play a role, and there is a long-running debate on how subtle racism infects the healthcare system. Inadequate transportation or the lack of knowledge among minorities about hospital quality could also be factors of inadequate care. Racial disparities are most likely a shared responsibility of plans, providers and patients. There’s probably not one factor that explains all of the disparity, but health plans do play an important role. Racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare do not occur in isolation. They are a part of the broader social and economic inequality experienced by minorities in many sectors. Many parts of the system including health plans, health care providers and patients may contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

It is seen that there are significant disparities in the quality of care delivered to racial and ethnic minorities. There is a need to combat the root causes of discrimination within our healthcare system. Racial or ethnic differences in the quality of healthcare needs to be taken care of. This can be done by understanding multilevel determinants of healthcare disparities, including individual belief and preferences, effective patient-provider communication and the organizational culture of the health care system.

To build a healthier America, a much-needed framework for a broad national effort is required to research the reasons behind healthcare disparities and to develop workable solutions. If these inequalities grow in access, they can contribute to and exacerbate existing disparities in health and quality of life, creating barriers to a strong and productive life.

There is a need to form possible strategies and interventions that may be able to lessen and perhaps even eliminate these differences. It is largely determined by assumptions about the etiology of a given disparity. Some disparities may be driven, for example, by gaps in access and insurance coverage, and the appropriate strategy will directly address these shortcomings. The elimination of disparities will help to ensure that all patients receive evidence-based care for their condition. Such an approach will help establish quality improvement in the healthcare industry.

Reducing disparities is increasingly seen as part of improving quality overall. The focus should be to understand their underlying causes and design interventions to reduce or eliminate them. The strategy of tackling disparities as part of quality improvement programs has gained significant attraction nationally. National leadership is needed to push for innovations in quality improvement, and to take actions that reduce disparities in clinical practice, health professional education, and research.

The programs and polices to reduce and potentially eliminate disparities should be informed by research that identifies and targets the underlying causes of lower performance in hospitals. By eliminating disparities, the hospitals will become even more committed to the community. This will help to provide culturally competent care and also improve community connections. It will stimulate substantial progress in the quality of service that hospitals offer to its diverse patient community. Ongoing work to eliminate health disparities will help the healthcare departments to continually evaluate the patient satisfaction with services and achieve equality in healthcare services.

It is important to use some interventions to reduce healthcare disparities. Successful features of interventions include the use of multifaceted, intense approaches, culturally and linguistically appropriate methods, improved access to care, tailoring, the establishment of partnerships with stakeholders, and community involvement. This will help in ensuring community commitment and serve the health needs of the community.

There is the need to address these disparities on six fronts: increasing access to quality health care, patient care, provider issues, systems that deliver health care, societal concerns, and continued research. A well-functioning system would have minimal differences among groups in terms of access to and quality of healthcare services. This will help to bring single standard of care for people of all walks of life.

Elimination of health care disparities will help to build a healthier America. Improving population health and reducing healthcare disparities would go hand in hand. In the health field, organizations exist to meet human needs. It is important to analyze rationally as to what actions would contribute to eliminate the disparities in the healthcare field, so that human needs are fulfilled in a conducive way.

Meenu Arora has contributed her articles for both online and hard copy magazines. Her articles have also been published in international magazines. Presently working in the healthcare industry, she has also written and edited Health Q-A columns for international magazine for 5 years.

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How to Choose a Health Club – 12 Things to Know

Health clubs, gyms, and fitness centers come many shapes and sizes. Ranging from simple workout spaces with fitness machines, to high tech, fully functional beauty and spa. To make sure you get your moneys worth, and you get your needs met as much as possible, take these steps into account.

Type of Health Club

Normally there are 2 types of work out facilities, but house different names.

A Gym is usually just an exercise facility with work out machines and trainers. Typically these are used by body builders. They would have showers, lockers and usually a pool and jacuzzi. These gyms can come in many sizes ranging from very large and fully functional to simple with weight machines, trainers, showers and lockers.
Health Club or Fitness Center. These also come in different sizes but are more likely to be fully functional all the way around. Fully high tech exercise equipment, exercise classrooms, exercise classes of different types (Aerobics, Yoga, Jazzercise, different dance styles in aerobic format, exercise ball, belly dancing, Taebo, kick boxing), large swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, spa treatments, fat burning and slimming treatments, hair salon, beauty treatments, a healthy snack bar, specialized trainers, lockers, showers, and large areas for dressing rooms.

Not all health clubs will have all of these facilities, which is pretty much where price comes into the picture. The fancier and more optional the club the more expensive the membership.

Location

In order to save time, money and get the most out of your selection, consider a health club near either your home or your office, depending on your personal choice of workout time and time saving needs. Take into account the following;

Your busiest days of the week
Traffic
Daily and weekly time constraints
Extra curricular activities
Kids activities
Your child’s school location (if working out before or after your drop your child to school), and cost of gas if you’re driving.

Fitness Trainers

If you are looking into having a fitness trainer then I suggest you briefly interview the trainers when you visit the facilities you are thinking of joining. Look for the following qualifications:

How long they have been in the field?
Where did they previously work?
What is their area of expertise?
Mention to them your specific needs and pay close attention to how they answer you and if they give you any suggestions on how to begin your quest for fitness.
Look for an up beat, positive, fun personality.Trainers that house these personal traits are often more convincing, more motivating, and can keep your workout as fun and positive as possible. They will also motivate you when / if you feel like giving up, and can get you over the hurdle when you first start.
When you interview the trainer with a small chat, give them a little test without them knowing it. For example: if you are someone who’s main focus is on losing belly fat, then do some research online first. Learn the most effective exercises today and learn the ones that experts say don’t really give the most beneficial fat burn. When you talk to the trainers tell them you are wanting to lose belly fat and what exercises would they recommend. See if they give you the old exercises or the most recent ones. Trainers, like doctors have to keep up with the ever changing information in the field of exercise and fat burning.
When you visit the facilities watch the trainers with clients that are over weight or struggling. See if the trainer is just simply counting out the number of exercises, or are they paying attention and correcting the persons posture, and are they giving the person motivational chat. You are looking for trainers that give more than just counting down the number of reps. They should correct posture and give motivational chit chat here and there.
A good trainer wants and needs to see his pupils persevere and succeed. This is the type of trainer you want. Not just someone going through the motions til the end of the day.

Equipment

When you visit the facilities look at the equipment and assess on the following;

Is the equipment up to date, clean and in working condition?
Are they solid on the ground or do they wobble?
How many of each type of machine is available? How many tread mills are there? How many bicep machines are there? How many stair masters are there? This is important because you don’t want to have to wait too long in a line to use the machine you need.
Before you begin visiting the different facilities, get an idea of what body parts you will be wanting to work on so that you can scope out how many machines are available for that particular body part, at each facility you visit.
Check the spacing between each of the machines. Make sure they are properly spaced for safety reasons, leaving enough room for people to safely move around them without disturbing your work out. You should not have to stop in between sets to let people pass by.
Take note of any broken down machines. How many are broken? If a few are broken this tells you that the repair service might be slow, as usually 2-3 machines don’t break down at the same time, so there could be a delay in the fixing of the equipment for whatever reasons. Don’t be afraid to ask the management how long it takes them to repair any broken equipment.

Members

Visit the facility in question at the time of day you are likely to hold your workout. Look for the following;

Is it very crowded? A crowded workout place can mean, no matter if they have several machines of the same type, you will be waiting in line for quite sometime to gain access to the machine you need. It can also mean a louder atmosphere and possible waiting time for showers, lockers, etc
The type of members in the workout area can either be of assistance to you or annoying. Members who use the gym for social hour can be annoying, as they take up time on the machines they aren’t really using and spend the workout time chit chatting to their friend. Or, chatting constantly on the phone and talking loudly.
Are they following the clubs dress code? Dress codes are put into place for several reasons, health and cleanliness being one of them. You don’t want to work out with people who do not respect the dress code, are constantly talking or conducting business on their phones, or fighting over the volume of the music in the workout area.
Look to work out with members that are serious about their work out and can be of motivation to you.

Health Club Staff

The staff of a health club is also an important area to look for when you are making a health club choice.

The staff should be friendly and helpful. Not bored, chatting on their phones or having a social hour with members.
Staff should know how to operate each and every piece of exercise equipment and should be keeping the facility clean and tidy, especially if it is a busy place.
The staff should be knowledgeable in the clubs facilities.
They should be clean and tidy in their uniforms and should not be working out while on duty.
Higher level staff members should be trained in emergency procedures, such as mouth to mouth resuscitation, Heimlich Maneuver, handling a muscle pull or related injuries.

Health Club Interior

Once again, visit the facility during the time you are likely to go for your workout. Assess the following;

Is the club clean and tidy, regardless of how busy they are?
Are the bathrooms and changing areas free from used towels, paper towels, etc
Are the facilities in proper working condition? Toilets that flush, jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room working. Take note of how occupied these areas are. Would you have to wait to get into the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, shower or bathroom?
Are there enough showers to accommodate the load of members they have? Or does the club appear to be over occupied?
The floors should be free of water for safety reasons. A little water is OK but water all over the floor should be mopped up quickly.
Are there proper emergency exits?
Is the health club facilities and layout user friendly and free from clutter and staff and members personal belongings?

Health Club Exterior

A person wouldn’t think this area is so important but time is usually something we all struggle with and if you have kids, or an extremely demanding job, then workouts tend to take the backseat to everything else.

The time it takes you to get into the club and get out of the club should be importance to you if you are a person struggling with time on a daily basis.

For example: I had a membership at a health club that I loved for many reasons but when the membership finished I did not renew it because of the time and inconvenience to get into the actual health club itself. I had to walk across the parking lot due to lack of spaces close to the entrance, through the hotel, up an escalator, down a long hall, through another set of doors, then again down a flight of stairs until I reached the entrance. Leaving the club was the same distance. I didn’t mind the walk but I did mind the wasted time it took me going to and from the facility. I also didn’t particularly care for walking through a 5 Star Deluxe Hotel in work out clothes.

The exterior should also be cared for and kept clean of litter, broken down cars taking up parking spaces and solicitors. The Club should also have ample parking to save you time from having to drive around looking for a parking space.

Consider Your Personal Desires

For most people embarking on an exercise plan isn’t really something they look forward to. If you are someone who loathes exercise but knows it is part of keeping healthy and fit then assess your personal needs and make the health club fit into those needs as much as possible. If you love to pamper yourself and find it is something that may help you make it to your workouts then consider joining a place where you can also look after your skin and beauty needs or whatever areas you like to pamper yourself in.

I personally love the steam room and have found it very useful when using skin polishing and skin care products. So for me, I think of how much relaxation I will get when I finish my workout and relax in the steam room while my skin goodies work their magic. I also increase my workouts every 3 weeks so a jacuzzi for soar muscles is an absolute must. I hate carrying my large and heavy gym bag every day so I looked for a club that would let me have my own locker and key if I take a one year membership. I admit I got lucky with the locker but don’t be afraid to ask for the little things that give you comfort and ease.

The point is, think about your personal loves, and enjoyments and fit those into your routine as much as possible. This will help you make it to your workouts and struggle a little less to get there. And, when you really go for it, and you are sticking to it, give yourself a reward at the end of each month – not for losing the weight, slimming down, or building muscle, but for your efforts and perseverance.

Assess Your Motivation Level and Personal Perseverance Qualities

Think deeply about your level of motivation. Are you a person who can push themselves even when you hate doing something? Can you continuously push yourself? Or, does it take you time to get motivated? Do you quit things and then start up again and then quit until it finally sticks with you?

This is important to your selection process. Joining an expensive health club when chances are you might quit after a few weeks is only going to waste your money and frustrate you even more when you quit. It is better to gain your motivation and get used to exercising using a cheaper facility and pay either monthly or quarterly. This way, if you quit after a few weeks you will not have wasted money. Once you get used to working out and it becomes easier for you, you can always go for the up market health clubs.

If you know that you will never be motivated without all the good stuff then join a fully functional club but pay monthly or quarterly until you are sure you are going to be using your membership to it’s fullest. Then consider a yearly membership which will usually save you a few bucks.

If you think you will feel self conscious at a public health club facility then do your workouts at home until you have accomplished enough of what you need to, then consider membership when you are comfortable with yourself and your accomplishments.

Organizing Tips

There can be many health club facilities in your area and narrowing down the search can be a task on it’s own Here are few things to help speed up the process and keep you organized in your quest.

What is your budget? Decide your budget and go from there.
Use the phone book and write down the health clubs that fit your location preference.
Write down the address, telephone number and website address if they have one.
Use the health clubs website to find out details that might help you narrow your search and save time by not visiting clubs that do not suit your preferences.
Call each place and tell them you are coming in for a tour of the club and would like to meet with someone who will show you around. Give them a time you will come to ensure someone is available to give you a tour and hopefully not make you wait. You may want to use this time to find out their pricing scale if it wasn’t on their website. Maybe they are out of your budget so you don’t need to waste time on seeing their facilities.
When you are ready to start visiting the facilities you have narrowed down, choose a day that you don’t need to rush and can take your time. Get directions if you need them so you don’t waste time getting lost. Make sure to take the telephone number of the clubs with you in case you get lost you can easily call them.
Make a note of how much time it took you from your house to the club and back. Try and visit the clubs at the time you would normally go for your workouts and assess the traffic at that time to each of the clubs.
Take notes on each club you visit in order to properly assess your findings when you get home.
See if you have any friends or relatives that have membership to any of the clubs and get their rating of the facility. You can also see if that club has a special offer for existing members that bring in business. Sometimes health clubs have special offers where the existing member gets a discount if they renew their membership and the new member will get an immediate discount or coupons for free classes.
Write down the pros and cons of each club.

Get your kids working out with you!

If you have kids, see if the health club you choose has kids workout classes. You can both work out and motivate each other and talk about your successes, difficulties, and strengths. You will also be motivating your kids to keep fit and healthy as they watch you do the same.

Before selecting a health club look closely at your own personal needs and desires first. Closely assess the clubs facilities and ensure they are in good working order and condition. Make sure the staff are professional and fitness trainers are educated in their field and posses motivating qualities. Look closely at the interior and exterior of the club and assess safety and health conditions. Assess the type of members the club has by visiting each club during the time in which you plan to work out in order to gauge their members, trainers, equipment usage and cleanliness. Think of a health club as sort of a home away from home, so make sure your health club home is one that best suits who you are, what you need, and your personal attributes on a regular basis.

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New Careers in Physical Therapy

If you are interested in a profession in the medical industry that is very hands on, but does not involve doing surgery or working in an office all day, a physical therapy degree might be just right.

Especially geared toward individuals who enjoy physical fitness, sports medicine and helping patients one on one, PT jobs are a great in-between that can be very fun, very rewarding, and make a real difference in other people’s lives.

While all doctors and medical personnel help people, a physical therapist is frequently the last specialist to work with patients after surgical procedures or illness, and through sometimes very long treatment processes, so they get to experience not only the hard work and the pain of therapy, but the joys of helping people get well again.

For a real people-person, going to school to become a physical therapist could be a wonderful career choice.

Physical Therapy Requirements

The educational requirements for someone to get a PT degree includes first obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree (which is required for entry into any physical therapy programs), and then completing a graduate program at any one of a number of accredited physical therapy schools.

A few graduate programs offer early guaranteed admissions programs for some students as well, where the students gain guaranteed future acceptance into the PT program while they are still high school students, and as long as they complete a required set of undergraduate college courses first.

In either case, it is of great importance that students make sure to choose only Commission on Accreditation in PT Education (CAPTE) accredited courses so that they fulfill the necessary educational requirements, both as undergraduate and graduate students or they will not be permitted to sit for their licensing examination.

Once enrolled in a program, there are two different degrees that a PT can earn, either a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), or a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) or Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT). DPT programs are professional entry-level degrees that all physical therapists must complete.

MPT or MSPT programs are continued education, specialty programs that can be taken after a physical therapist has earned their DPT. The DTP physical therapy degree program typically takes three years to complete. Upon obtaining their degree, physical therapists may then take their board licensure examination so they can become employed in their field.

In the UK, degree qualifications differ slightly in that schooling requirements to become a PT are currently that of a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy, only, with the DPT degree considered to be post-professional, continued education. However, this is supposed to change within the next few years, to where UK PTs will all be required to earn a DPT degree as well.

Physical Therapy Jobs

In order to hold a job as a physical therapist, professionals must have passed their state licensure exam so they may practice in their state. If they relocate to another area, a PT must take the licensing exam for that state in order to be allowed to get a new job.

In the US alone, there are close to 200,000 physical therapists licensed to practice at many different types of facilities, with many more individuals working as physical therapists in other countries.

PTs are employed by both inpatient and outpatient hospital facilities, physical therapy clinics, fitness centers, skilled nursing centers, extended care facilities, schools, hospices, educational and research facilities, private workplaces and sports medicine practices all over the world.

Main duties include assessing patient initial condition, implementing prescribed physical therapy requests by referring physicians, teaching proper use of physical therapy equipment, tailoring therapy to each patient’s ability and progression, and carefully monitoring that progress and reporting it back to the referring physician.

Physical Therapy Salary

Entry-level salary for a PT in the US is around $80,000 annually as of 2011, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In the UK, starting salary according to the National Health Service (NHS) is £21,176 – £27,534 (band 5).

In both cases, PT salary rates rises substantially with experience and years on the job, and can increase up to as much as $100,000 or more in the US and up to band 7 (£40,157) in the UK (or higher in the private sector). Naturally, PTs who specialize will make slightly more than the base salary brackets.

Interested individuals who would like to learn more about physical therapy schools and program accreditation should contact their country’s professional association for physical therapists, which will be able to point prospective students in the right direction.

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Important Information on Earning a Physical Therapy Degree

Getting a physical therapy degree takes time, hard work and dedication. It requires 7 to 8 years of college education and clinical experience learning for those wishing to become degreed, licensed professionals who are eligible for employment as a physical therapist.

Physical therapy programs or `PT Programs` are a demanding course of study, but the good news is it is also one of the professions that provide the highest amounts of personal satisfaction to those in the field.

Not only do PTs enjoy the benefits of ease of finding employment due to an increasing demand, as well as a highly competitive salary, these professionals report the highest levels of satisfaction and self worth in that they have made a difference in other people’s lives, a feeling that is invaluable.

Educational Requirements for a Physical Therapy Degree

Students interested in becoming a PT must first complete four years of undergraduate learning at an accredited college or university.

It is recommended to know ahead of time which PT program the student will likely apply to, and understand their prerequisite requirements in order to make the most efficient use of undergraduate time, enrolling in the courses that will help the student gain acceptance into their program of choice.

In most cases, prerequisite classes include English classes, maths and sciences, providing the essential base education on which the more specialized sciences and other classes in their physical therapy major will build on.

In order to receive a PT degree, students must first earn their Bachelor’s degree, and then graduate a physical therapy postgraduate program to receive their degree of DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Postgradute learning is largely done in the clinical setting, although there are some classroom courses as well. Working externships are a required part of obtaining their degree as well. Then, once graduated, students can take their licensing examination in order to be eligible for employment as a licensed physical therapist.

Transitional Physical Therapy Degree

Recently, there have been some changes made to the degree earned by physical therapists, requiring some professionals to update their degree from what has been termed a “transitional” DPT degree to the now accepted professional DPT degree.

In the past, there were two degrees offered depending on the physical therapy school, either the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), or the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) or Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT).

With how the profession has grown in the past 10 years or so, and the desire to standardize educational and professional requirements to obtain degrees, most countries now recognize the DPT as the main degree, and most schools have updated their curriculum’s so that they now offer this degree as well.

These changes, and this necessity to update degrees, stems from the public perception of the degree of “doctor” as opposed to “master”, and the need to continually update the education of those practitioners who have been in the field for a while, as therapies have gone through great change in recent years.

Updates On MSPT Degrees

It has been stated by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) that by the year 2020, all clinicians graduating from physical therapy programs will earn the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy, and the MPT or MSPT degrees will no longer be recognized. Physical therapy schools are required to offer only a DPT degree by 2015.

Those PTs holding a degree of MPT or MSTP, or even DPT degrees which for some reason do not carry the same educational and clinical experience requirements as most others, are being encouraged to take the necessary transitional courses to receive their upgraded, professional DPT degree.

As the main governing professional organizations like the APTA in the US and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) in the UK begin to finalize the standardization of degree requirements, it is likely any PTs holding an MPT, MSPT or a t-DPT (transitional DPT, for graduates of programs currently being changed to fit created standards) will be required to take continuing education courses to elevate their transitional degrees to the new, accepted professional DPT.

PT School Recommendations

Recommendations for those interested in enrolling in school to become a PT is to find a program that is accredited by their country’s professional accreditation organization, ensure that the degree offered is the professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and then find out which courses should be taken during undergraduate education to increase the chance of acceptance into the program of choice.

Most PT degree programs do not have open enrollment, meaning they accept only the best students who are prepared for the demanding clinical work ahead in order to earn their degree.

With the right preparation, and making sure to apply to the right schools, a student will have the best chance of success in gaining the best education and then getting the best position as a qualified physical therapist.

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Getting a Physical Therapy Certification

Physical therapy is a great health career for those interested in the more physical aspects of patient care, rehabilitation, and helping people get through the injuries and illnesses that can happen in life.

It is a highly demanding profession, but also said to be one of the most valuable and well-regarded where personal satisfaction is concerned, having been named one of the happiest and best jobs overall by US News & World Report magazine in their annual list of #100 Best Jobs.

There is also the option to continue their education and get their physical therapy certification, opening up the possibility for specializing, and even more job opportunities making it easy to see how careers in physical therapy can be a great path for those individuals who are interested in these specialized rehabilitation areas.

Advanced Careers with Physical Therapy Certification

Becoming a board certified physical therapist is the second-highest qualification that you can gain, one which enables them to specialize in a number of different areas of their profession.

It can be a long road to do so, but it is one filled with many different educational opportunities and learning environments. Prior to becoming board certified however, licensed physical therapists must first fulfill a residency in physical therapy.

After becoming board certified, you may then continue in their specialty even further by taking a Fellowship, which is the highest level of education and specialty available to licensed professionals.

Physical Therapy Residency – After completion of all postgraduate schooling and passing their national licensing examination, those holding the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy (or MPT, or MSPT), then apply for residency in an available program which will provide them with a higher level of “real life” education while actually working as a physical therapist.

Other Requirements

Residencies usually last between 9 and 36 months and involve 1500 hours of service in a variety of settings in order to complete the requirements. PT residencies more specialized, currently available in the following areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Sports, Women’s Health, and Wound Care.

Physical Therapy Fellowships – Fellowships provide yet even more experience and education toward a specialty or sub-specialty area. In order to qualify to apply to a fellowship, PTs must have one or more of the following qualifications: they must have graduated a residency program, they must be board-certified, and they must show exceptional clinical skills in an area of specialty to be considered.

If accepted to a fellowship, You will accrue another 6 to 36 months and 1000 hours of more highly specialized learning in one of the following areas: Hand Therapy, Movement Science, Neonatal, Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, and Sports – Division 1 Athletics. Many go on to teach, consult, or help to outline future residency and fellowship programs, as well as see patients in their specialty areas.

Becoming Certified in a Physical Therapy Specialty

Board approval in through specialty physical therapy certification is overseen and awarded in the US by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), which also maintains a set of standards that residency and fellowship programs must uphold.

They also dictate the necessary qualifications that you must have in order to become board certified and receive a certification in any of the above-named specialty areas, and provide numerous means for licensed professionals to increase their education and advance their professional development.

Board certification in these areas involves fulfilling all clinical experience and educational requirements, then taking and passing an examination given by the ABPTS.

Certification is applicable for 10 years, after which those certified must re-test in their specialty, as well as fulfill a number of other qualifications. Failure to obtain re-certification by the date of expiry of the current certification will cause the PT to have their certification removed.

It is possible to – and recommended – for those holding physical therapy certification in any specialty begin their recertification process up to three years before their expiry date.

Although the profession is one that holds great importance the world over, and has seen dramatic growth over recent past years with estimation of continued growth, qualifications and certification practices vary greatly from country to country.

US requirements tend to be stricter than most for PTs there is a shift happening in the world of physical therapy as other countries are beginning to increase their educational and professional requirements, possibly due to increased demand, as well as knowledge of newer and better therapies.

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A Systemic Problem in Our Healthcare System

Those of you who are old enough to remember the Australian bush nurse Sister Kenny (1880-1952), will no doubt recall the brouhaha she caused within the medical establishment of her time. Elizabeth Kenny had devised a treatment for polio that was universally castigated by doctors of the day. In fact her methods proved time and again to be efficacious and became the forerunner for the practice of physical therapy as we know it today.

The reason Sister Kenny, and her struggles with the established order of medicine, is brought to mind is that licensed medical doctors all too often behave like members of a closed-shop union. In such an environment, no one is allowed to do work that is perceived as encroaching on their specialty, without consequent castigation and sanction. And, they vigorously lobby for laws to protect them from perceived interlopers.

In Sister Kenny’s case, she struggled for years to get her therapeutic methods accepted, even in the face of observable success, and admiring testimonials from patients. The medical profession cast aspersions on her methods and her person, largely because she wasn’t an accredited practitioner (only a nurse), and her methods contradicted generally accepted treatment standards.

In today’s contentious health care environment, alternative treatments are greatly frowned upon, and their practitioners ridiculed. Ask licensed doctors what they think of acupuncture, chiropractic, aroma or muscle activation therapy, and they will almost always turn up their noses. In fact, they have convinced the insurance industry that these methods are nothing more than palliatives bordering on quackery. Thus, patients are channeled into much more expensive surgical and drug treatments that often times provide no relief.

This is not to say that there aren’t quacks hovering around the practice of alternative medicine, just as there are quacks who are licensed to practice the approved variety. It is also not claimed that there alternative methods for all sicknesses or diseases. But it is also true that in most professions, wherever there is a buck to be made, a surfeit of willing hands will extend to accommodate. We see desperately sick people try all sorts of last gasp treatments, especially after traditional medicine has given up on them. And these alternative methods seldom work.

However, in the less well defined areas of pain management, due to a variety of causes, modern medicine has proven to be quite fallible. Countless thousands of people suffer through painful days of agony with only the promise of relief provided by dangerous drugs. Doctors prescribe many unproven medications because their pharmaceutical rep told them this was the cutting edge drug du jour for pain management. Big Pharma and the medical profession work hand and glove to push their latest (and expensive) drug on suffering patients. And since only licensed doctors can dispense them, this conduit is exploited by both parties. Why there might even be a financial incentive for the prescribing doctor. Heavens!

Because of the built-in aversion to examining or even testing alternative therapies, the healthcare system is saddled with more expensive, “accredited” treatments that push the insured patients in that direction.

Even though back surgery has been shown to be less than 50% effective, and much less costly alternative therapies have proven efficacious, they are ignored. Worse, just as in Sister Kenny’s case, they are scoffed at by the establishment. Such are the ironic side-effects of our costly for-profit health care system.

As another example of padding the bottom line is a practice that is becoming more common. Doctors are increasingly insisting on patients coming in for an office visit just to renew a prescription. Admittedly for some drugs it is necessary to monitor side effects (another indication of how dangerous some of them are), but in many cases it is totally unnecessary. As cuts in Medicare go into effect (which will increase, rather than cut costs), doctors will seek more ways to supplement their income. Once a professional is used to a certain level of earnings (no matter the discipline), it’s hard to accept less. Doctors are no exception.

So, the bottom line is that there just might be ways to improve both the costs of health care and the patients’ welfare by researching and approving alternative therapies. Sadly, that’s not even on the table for discussion.

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Physical Therapy Colleges and Programs of Study Which Are Offered

Nowadays a lot of school graduates think about their future careers. They usually know their likings and wishes and they try to strive to their aims. Being in a high school they understand what courses they have to finish in order to enroll successfully in this or that university.

There are a lot of different professions. Each student tries to find his or her destiny. Some of students are willing to become teachers, some of them would like to find a job in the field of technique, some students prefer to become economists and also some students would like to have a job in the field of medicine. The field of medicine is very diverse and is very useful for people. Usually specialists in the field of health and care are the most required professionals.

One of the branches of this field is the physical therapy. Physical therapy is very important and required branch because a lot of people have problems with their physical health or have some disabilities. That’s why there should be such professionals because they help people to move freely.

Physical therapy (or physiotherapy), often abbreviated PT, is a health care profession which aim is to restore functional ability and quality of life of people who have physical impairments or disabilities. Physical therapists (or physiotherapists) are primary healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have different medical problems or other health related troubles, illnesses, or injuries that restrict their abilities to move and perform definite functional activities. Physical therapists examine each person and develop a proper plan using treatment techniques to contribute the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, Physical therapists work with individuals to preclude the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles, providing services to individuals and populations to create, maintain and restore the highest level of movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by injury, disease or environmental factors. Functional movement is the most important to what it means to be healthy.

Physical therapy has many specialties including cardiopulmonary, geriatrics, neurologic, orthopedic and pediatrics, to name some of the more common areas. Physical therapists practice in many settings, such as outpatient clinics or offices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, extended care facilities, private homes, education and research centers, schools, hospices, industrial workplaces or other occupational environments, fitness centers and sports training facilities.

You can start your education of physical therapist in the college in the United States and Canada. Physical therapy colleges offer a great variety of diploma, certificates and degree programs depending on the course of study in which you would like to enter.

For those who just begin their education, a lot of therapy colleges offer doctoral and master’s degree programs to those students who have already done with the bachelor’s degree in related sciences. These obligatory degree programs include such courses as human anatomy, kinesiology, functional training, exercise, growth and development, prevention and intervention, psychosocial studies, orthotics and prosthetics, pharmacology, clinical orthopedics, electrotherapeutic modalities, rehabilitation, joint examination, and of course, physical therapies; among other associated subject matter. All these courses are very important for a physical therapist because they include the knowledge of the basis of the body and all possible variations of treatment of one and the same muscle and other parts of the body.

If you would like to become more advanced in training of physical therapy, then you can be offered four years of training. This is offered by physical therapy college. But this is only if you are willing to become more experienced and advanced. Usually the completing of diploma or certificate in the physical therapy college takes not more that the period of two years.

As for the studying on the bachelor degree program, you should know that it requires more thorough and detailed education. If you study by the bachelor degree program in the physical therapy college, then you will get acquainted with such courses as biomechanics, massage, anatomy, pharmacology, and other clinical sciences like orthopedics, clinical medicine and neurology, and other relative training. But you have mention that studying by the bachelor degree program will take four years, and only after studying four years you can complete your education and become a physical therapist.

There is one more opportunity for those who would like to become a physical therapy assistant. This opportunity can be given by accredited degree programs in the physical therapy colleges. This is an excellent opportunity for the candidates on the position of the physical therapy assistant. In different colleges the curriculum is very different, but usually the main courses don’t change. In order to become a physical therapy assistant you have to complete such courses as anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, as well as psychology. In most cases, different physical therapist educational programs in different physical therapy colleges provide students with training and certification in the basic first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It is fact that education and training are the most important and essential as for physical therapists and for physical therapist aides. But you should know that the most important for these professions are skills and experience which are usually gained through internships and through different additional trainings on the job.

So, you have to make a right choice and be able to understand that the profession of the physical therapist is very difficult and requires a lot of effort and time. You have to be sure that you really would like to help people and take part in their lives. To be a physical therapist is very difficult and you should know that it requires a lot of time on education and training. In this article you’ve got to know about the physical therapy degree programs in the therapy colleges of United States of America and Canada. These colleges provide three degrees such as bachelor, master and doctoral. According to the degree you will have definite requirements of education. If you would like to become a physical therapist in two years, then you are welcome to complete your education by finishing the bachelor degree program. But except this you have to have a lot of trainings. Training in this profession is very important and it is required to have training for a long period of time. So, if you are sure that you definitely would like to become a physical therapist, then you have to choose the physical therapy college. You have to choose thoroughly, because your choice is the first step into your successful future career. The college which you will choose has to be accredited, because only in accredited colleges you will receive perfect education and you will definitely be given a proper job. So, if it is your dream, just be patient and try to move forward to your dream. Try to follow all the requirements given in the article and listen to the opinions of those people who know about this profession. Also it is advisable to search for the information in the internet. In the internet you can find a lot of useful information about physical therapy colleges and programs. There you can find requirements for admission and additional information about colleges and programs offered. Follow this information and you will definitely achieve your aim and also you will definitely have a successful profession in future.

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Obtaining of a Physical Therapy Degree Online

Recently a lot of students being in a high school think about their future careers. They usually understand and know their likings and wishes and they try to do everything in order to get closer to their aims. While in a high school they understand what courses they have to finish in order to enter successfully into the university which they like and wish.

There is a great variety of professions. Each student tries to find his or her own way on a professional path. Some of students are willing to become teachers, some of them would like to find a job in the field of technique, some students prefer to become economists and also some students would like to have a job in the field of medicine. The field of medicine is very diverse and is very useful for people. Usually professionals in the field of health and care are the most required specialists.

One of the branches of the field of health and care is the physical therapy. Physical therapy is very necessary and required branch nowadays because a lot of people have different problems with their physical health or have some disabilities. That’s why there should be professional physical therapists because they help people to move freely and become healthier.

Physical therapy is a branch of medicine that helps to treat people who have health problems, injuries, illnesses, or surgeries that limit their possibility of mobility and range of motion. The conditions which are treated by physical therapists include sports injuries, joint replacements, orthopedic surgery, burns, job-related conditions, and others. The physical therapist usually uses different treatment techniques that reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapists work in such establishments as hospitals, outpatient facilities, and private offices. Physical therapists must be strong and able to move heavy equipment and lift patients.

Those students who are interested in healthcare for sports or physical activities can obtain a career in physical therapy. Physical therapists have to be strong in academics, especially science and have perfect interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with others. The responsibilities of physical therapists include improving the physical condition of the patients like the proper functioning of limbs after an injury, surgery or illness, improving mobility, and reducing pain. They also work with patients who have different severe injuries or diseases like lower back pain, arthritis, cerebral palsy, to preserve physical disabilities from occurring or to restrain the effects of these disabilities. Those people who suffer from heart diseases or other related health problems are also recommended to use a physical therapist to treat joint pains and muscle problems.

For those students who wish to obtain an academic degree or who would like to continue their studies in their current field, there are many variants for education available. With such diverse activities and distractions in the daily lives of people, many of them are too busy to attend full-time courses at school in order to get their degree. Online degree programs offer different opportunities for people to take classes at their own wish and time while working toward graduation. The increased usage of Internet and computer in recent years has multiplied. This made the online degree programs very available variant for busy people. There are many kinds of classes and programs offered for online degrees.

Online educational programs are the best opportunity with the help of which you can obtain the specialty already working and having too little time for study. Obtaining the physical therapy degree will give you the possibility to help people to treat their injuries. But you should mention that the very important thing is that you have to mention the reputation and accreditation of the higher educational establishment in which you will enroll and will get your online physical therapy degree. You can make a research of accredited schools by joining different online forums where people usually share their opinions about the specific course of physical therapy. You can get there the best piece of advice from people who have some experience in getting this degree.

The online physical therapy degree programs are usually very convenient and can be completed in a very short period of time. There are different online physical therapy higher educational establishments which offer diverse courses the aim of which is to understand the human form and muscles. If you have already chosen the proper establishment for you, then you have to have some training in order to be able to maintain and restore patient’s health and shape. If you don’t choose yet the school, then you can have an opportunity to try yourself in one of the most popular online physical therapy degree schools which is called the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy.

These courses usually prepare students for the first level in the profession of physical therapy, after these courses students can become physical therapy assistants. On this level you have to complete such courses as physiology, anatomy, communication, and the like. There are also offered physical therapy nurse programs which usually train students to help the patients to restore the function of the body, reduce pain, and increase the mobility of a patient. After getting the online therapy degree nurses usually work in such establishments as hospitals, physical therapy clinics and also in private clinics.

When you decided to get the online physical therapy program, then you have to know that there will be some documentary requirements which you will have to complete and fill out. Such requirements usually differ from one school to another. When you complete everything, you have to make sure that you prepared for that emotionally and mentally. Getting the online physical therapy degree will not make you very exhausted physically, but you still will need to be strong and prepared for difficulties.

You also have to know that it is advisable for you not to miss some online classes which are required as well as the on-campus trainings. They will be required from time to time. Because of the fact that this is a physical therapy course, it will be required to have the on-hand training. These are the only periods of time when you will have to be present in school. It is better for you to manage your schedule and time wisely and efficiently in that way that you will have an opportunity to complete the course without any problems. If you have a lot of intention and dedication to the study, an online physical therapy degree will be worth your efforts.

So, you have to make a right decision and be able to understand that the profession of the physical therapist is very difficult and requires a lot of effort and time. You have to be sure that you are really willing to help people and take part in their lives taking care of them and treating them. To be a physical therapist is very difficult and you should know that it requires a lot of time on receiving education and training. In this article you’ve got to know about the physical therapy degree program online and its advantages. The physical therapy colleges and universities offer three degrees such as bachelor, master and doctoral. It is good for you if you have obtained the bachelor’s degree, but it is really advisable for you to obtain the doctoral degree. Besides the online physical therapy degree is provided only on the doctoral level. But except this you have to obtain a lot of training. Training in this profession is very important and it is required to have training for a long period of time. If you are a practicing physical therapist or just have a willing to continue your education, it is greater for you to obtain your doctoral degree online. So, if you are sure that you definitely would like to become a physical therapist, you have to choose the physical therapy higher educational establishment. Your choice must be very precise, because your choice is the first step into your successful future profession. The college or school which you will choose has to be definitely accredited, because only in accredited colleges you will receive perfect and proper education and you will definitely be given a great job. So, if it is your dream, just be patient and try to go and move forward to your dream. Try to follow all the requirements given in the article and listen to the opinions of those people who know about this profession and have some experience in it. Also it is advisable to search for the information in the internet. In the internet there is a lot of useful information about physical therapy colleges and schools and different online programs. There you can find requirements for admission and additional information about higher educational establishments and online programs offered. Follow this information and you will definitely achieve your aim and also you will definitely have a successful profession in future.

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