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How to Design Physical Therapy Flooring For Comfort

Designing your physical therapy flooring can be a fun project when you are starting out or remodeling your place.

Most gyms have hardwood floors or concrete floors that are unsafe and uncomfortable for those who have physical limitations.

Here are a few tips to help design the best flooring for comfort when performing physical therapy for yourself or rehabilitation clients.

Tip #1

Physical therapy flooring should be thick to absorb impact from falls. Patients who are recovering may occasionally fall and need a cushioned surface that will prevent further injuries.

One option is rubber floor tiles that come in thicknesses of 3/8 inch, 1/2 inch, and 3/4 inches. Choosing a thicker density to lay under your work benches and around other equipment can prevent serious injuries from falls.

In bathrooms and areas where clients may have to change clothing, rubber flooring tiles will provide cushioning if a client accidentally falls.

Tip #2

Use rubber flooring mats. Commercial therapy gym flooring rubber mats have anti-slip properties. This helps keep sweat and spills from creating a slick spot which can very easily lead to a fall.

These mats are interlocking tiles that not only look great but provide safety as well. Extremely easy to install, the rubber mats are designed to be installed without adhesive and come in 5 standard colors: Solid Black, Grey, Blue, Tan or Red Speck.

You can even make your own design since the tiles are available in border tiles, center tiles can corner tiles.

Tip #3

Design your flooring so that it flows well. Place rubber floor mats underneath and around all equipment while leaving the walking area covered in smooth surfaces such as wood or laminate flooring.

Have rubber floor tiles in areas where floor therapy will be done. This provides a soft surface for clients to work out on. Create a smooth transition from the wood floor to the rubber flooring with tiles that gradually slope up.

Tip #4

Therapy often involves working with clients who are unstable or may have vision problems. Design your flooring with a unique color design to help them distinguish between areas.

Create a border around the workout stations by using a different color. You can even have custom logos printed into the rubber tiles. You can them have these tiles placed in prominent areas.

Designing your physical therapy rubber flooring should take in the needs and comfort of those who will be using the area. Safety and comfort will provide your clients a better sense of security during a time of recovery.

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In studying Megan’s case history and symptoms, key moments and events stand out in her time line of pain and dysfunction. Nine years ago, after the birth of her second child, was the first time that Megan noticed that her left foot was slightly wider and longer than her right foot. The timing of this is relevant as during the course of her pregnancy a hormone called relaxin would have been released into her system to loosen the ligaments of her pelvis in anticipation of childbirth. However, relaxin can also loosen ligaments elsewhere in the body and a longer and wider left foot would indicate the collapse of the main arches of the foot due to ligament laxity. This is one of the turning points in Megan’s history that has had a detrimental effect on her health ever since. The relaxed ligaments may never have fully recovered their full stabilizing strength and when she developed a tired aching sensation in her left medial arch a few years later it was probably as a result of this. A fallen arch will lead to over pronation and this will in turn put the tibialis anterior and possibly tibialis posterior muscles under undue stress as they try to stabilize and counteract over pronation. Stressed or overwhelmed muscles will form trigger points (TPs) within them and for tibialis anterior this can refer pain anteromedially as it passes the retinaculum. TPs in the tibialis posterior will refer pain into the sole/arch of the foot. Over pronation will lead to shortened peroneus longus which will further inhibit the tibialis muscles which will further exacerbate the problem in a continuous vicious circle.

The whiplash injury experienced last year would also add to Megan’s problems and since then she has experienced occasional headaches and neck stiffness. The whiplash injury almost certainly would have affected her sub occipital muscles, sternocleidomastoids (SCM), scalene and other stabilizers of the neck and spine. This whiplash would lead to improper neck movement which in turn would lead to TPs in the SCM and possibly the longus colli on one side (left) possibly due to the leg length discrepancy. TPs here would leave these muscles in a shortened state resulting in rotation of the head to the right hand side. If the longus colli is involved it result in kinetic chain problems and affect the peroneals on the lateral aspect of the lower limb further exacerbating the fallen arch. With the peroneus longus muscles in such an unhealthy state it is possible that it could have an effect on the sacrotuberous ligament of the pelvis and its ability to hold the sacrum in position. Megan states that one day last year she felt a twinge in her right sacroiliac joint while assisting an obese client up from a supine position. She experienced locking/jamming and diffuse soft tissue pain in QLs, multifidis and shooting pain into her hip. The fact that she was locked into torso flexion to the right suggests that the QLs went into spasm on the right side after insult and as we find out later her sacral base is an inch high on the right and there is posterior rotation of the right ilium with resultant postural imbalance whereby 2/3rd of Megan’s weight is pressing down on her right side. This extra load and postural imbalance has led to shooting pain in the trochanteric region and referred pain on the lateral aspect of the thigh due to TPs in the weakened gluteus medius and iliotibial band issues due to the over worked tensor fasciae latae.

With all this pain getting to unbearable levels, Megan turned to prescription drugs, codeine based painkillers, antidepressants, Zoloft, anti inflammatory tablets all of which would have exacerbated her problems through time by building up toxins in her system. She was also whilst under the influence of painkillers probably injuring tissue by doing activities that she would not have done if she had her natural alarm system of pain stopping her. The elastic support belt and the taping would have made the situation worse by encouraging atrophy of supporting muscle tissue.

Megan’s right shoulder is lower than the left possibly due to shortened latissimus dorsi pulling on the humerus and inhibiting upper trapezius and hypertrophy of the pectoralis minor muscle pulling the scapula forward and down.

As we consider Megan’s problems, symptoms, and case history, we can appreciate that she is suffering abject pain and dysfunction up and down her functional kinetic chain. From the pain in the plantar fasciae, spastic peroneus longus, inhibited tibialis, medially rotated tibia, medial knee pain, lateral thigh pain, trochanteric pain, lumbo – sacral pelvic pain and dysfunction, posteriorally rotated right ilium, lower left anterior superior iliac spine, 2/3rd weight imbalance to right hand side, lower back pain with QLs and multifidis in a shortened state, latissimus dorsi, neck extensors and flexors all giving problems we have to ask the question as to which functional kinetic chain we are dealing with. In my opinion, considering all areas involved, it would be the spiral oblique chain.

Megan would have to be informed that her treatment will be extensive and prolonged because some issues have been there for a while and would involve neural retraining for the dysfunction and imbalances present.

Medical screening.
Case history.
Postural assessment.
ROM testing / neural testing.
All shortened and restricted muscles would have to be relaxed / lengthened with TP therapy, METs, positional release / strain- counterstrain.
Inhibited muscles would have to be fired and strengthened with tapotement, METs and strengthening exercises.
Any areas of bind would need STR, cross fiber friction etc.
A consideration would be referral for PCIs to address the pronating left foot initially with a plan to strengthen that area long term.
Megan’s nutrition was not mentioned but I would be referring her to a specialist in that field to ensure that she has no nutritional deficiencies that would hinder the healing process.

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Even though physical therapy information has now been available for quite some time and physical therapy is growing in popularity day by day, it still is not the first thing that comes to mind, unless the doctor recommends it. There are so many benefits of physical therapy that it can be good for a patient in a number of ways. Physical therapy information is easily accessible and should be studied before starting sessions so that you are fully knowledgeable about what to expect.

Improving and maintaining the body’s mobility is physical therapy’s primary objective. This objective is attained by applying various treatment methods. Only person evaluation by the physical therapist can help in deciding the most suitable treatment plan for individual requirements since like doctors, physical therapists are also specialists. Physical therapists may specialise in orthopedics, pediatrics or sports physical therapy, among others. All of them are suitably trained for their particular specialisation and are capable of recognising the symptoms and suggesting customised treatment plans. A doctor or a physical therapist can tell you whether you need the services of a specialist physical therapist.

Physical therapy information is listed in the phone book, so is easily accessible. All details such as location, specialisation and charges of physical therapist are available from the phone book. Once you have short listed a physical therapist, consult with your doctor. Even a joint consultation with your doctor and the physical therapist you have chosen may be beneficial as the physical therapist can suggest treatment and the doctor can provide the evaluation and monitoring.

There is plenty of physical therapy information available online as well. There are specialist websites that list information about physical therapists and also about what they do and how they perform their wonders, in case you want to learn more. The website of American Physical Therapy Association gives information on physical therapy and lists details about therapists by state, so that it is easily accessible. The techniques and procedures adopted by physical therapists and their benefits to the affected parts of the body are described in detail. It makes it easier to understand treatment through physical therapy.

Being inquisitive, getting the physical therapy information and understanding it well will ensure that you know what you are getting into. It will also make you comfortable with your physical therapist and significantly increase the quality and speed of healing. Getting physical therapy information not only will make you well informed about the treatment you are getting but also improve your health and secure your peace of mind.

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Cervical Traction: The Best Way to Heal a Sore Neck

Traction is a centuries old treatment that has been administered by chiropractors for healing conditions like a sore neck or a sore back. Alternately, traction therapy may be used for decompressing any of the ailing joints.

Who Can Use Traction Therapy

Traction may broadly be seen as application of continuous force to stretch the spine. It is also very often used and is highly effective for treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, i.e. injuries that are not externally visible, but involve muscles, ligaments, joints, tendons, nerves, bones or the supporting structures. For muscular disorders, including muscle spasms, dislocation or for fracture, traction therapy can be very useful, and is often applied for arms, legs, back or neck.

Traction Therapy for Neck related Issues

In particular, traction therapy can be greatly effective for neck related problems. While neck traction is very often applied to ensure pain relief, there are various mechanisms by which it heals the neck.

1. When traction is applied on the neck, soft tissues and joints are mobilized in the cervical spine.

2. Alternately, it relieves pressure from the pinched nerve root by applying decompressive forces,

3. And also reduces herniations on the spine.

4. By applying traction, one can align any dislocations in the cervical spine, and this can effectively stabilize an injury in the cervical spine.

5. And for anyone who has a faulty neck posture, such as the forward head posture, home traction therapy can enable the patient to get the curve in the neck again.

6. This also works very well for anyone who suffers from conditions like military neck, wherein the curve of the neck is not bent forward, as it should ideally be. When a patient suffers from military neck, the curve of the neck is either straight or bent backwards, and with cervical traction, the patient benefits in the long term. Cervical traction not just ensures pain relief for the patient, but also increases the cervical range of motion, such that the patient can comfortably return to everyday activities.

If one is able to treat a sore neck at home, it simply speeds up the healing process, and might even suffice in terms of treatment. Home cervical traction is advantageous because while it ensures long term pain relief, it is a non invasive treatment methodology.

When cervical traction is administered, it relieves neck pain by stretching the soft tissue, or the tissues such as tendons, ligaments and fibrous tissue which surround, connect or support the backbone. This in turn works towards separating the spinal joint structures and ensures pain relief.

With constant traction, the muscles are fatigued out, and the strain then rests on the joints. So with traction, the joint spaces are widened, and this induces pain relief as pressure on the cervical nerves is reduced.

Cervical Traction: Is It Painful?

People often wonder if traction therapy or traction devices in particular are painful. But traction therapy has been in prominence for centuries, and has worked very effectively for healing conditions like a stiff neck.

Moreover, nowadays one can find some highly refined cervical traction devices which allow the patient to himself control the pressure. These are air inflated devices which work using a hand operated air pump, and allow the patient to adjust the air pressure to suit his needs and comfort levels.

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Spinal decompression is one of the most successful treatments for anyone suffering from back ache, especially lower back pain. This is administered by the use of traction, wherein the decompression occurs resulting from the force applied. The decompression therapy has been used for centuries by chiropractors and practitioners of medicine. Traction could be provided manually, by using a mechanical decompression unit or through some easy to use traction devices.

What is decompression?

Decompression therapy is a form of physical therapy, and is particularly effective for relief from backache. The underlying science behind spinal decompression is creating more space between adjoining vertebrae, to correspondingly overcome any underlying conditions like a pinched nerve in the back.

Vertebrae are round bones through which the spine threads down, and while in our lower back, there are five vertebrae, in the neck, there are seven. When force is externally applied on the vertebrae by providing traction, these are separated slightly, usually by millimeters. And as this space is created between the vertebrae, the pressure in between the intervertebral discs is reduced, and the discs get more nutrition.

Similarly when traction is applied to the ailing back, any bulge in the discs is reduced, and this is done by sucking the gel like disc nucleus towards the centre of the disc. In the same way, any pinched nerves which may be trapped in the compressed discs are allowed to become larger again, and this not just promotes better circulation but also ensures relief from pain.

Decompression therapy can work wonders for anyone who may be suffering from arthritis. The ailing joints in the spine are stretched, and this allows them to overcome effects of gravity, or even a faulty posture. Spinal decompression allows muscles and the soft tissue to stretch in ways that are almost impossible with our day to day activity and exercises. This really detoxifies the spine by flushing down the toxins, and brings in a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrition. So the healing process is accentuated, and this works towards minimizing any sort of irritation of nerves in the spine.

Conditions that are greatly improved on application of spinal decompression are pain in one’s lower back or neck. And the decompression therapy works very effectively irrespective of the cause of the pain, even if the pain has been longstanding. Similarly, the decompression therapy is very effective for anyone suffering from sciatica, which is thigh and leg pain, because nerves from the spine branch out to all parts of our body.

By creating more room for the nerves in the intervertebral discs, spinal decompression enables one to get over any conditions like a bulging disc or a pinched nerve in the back. And as decompression facilitates better nutrition for the spine, it enables one to get over degenerative disc disease or narrowed nerve tunnels.

The Decompression Back Belt and The Neck Comforter are two very distinctive traction devices based on the principle of decompression. Each of the devices is locally administered without any external help, but shows astounding results for healing any conditions like a pinched nerve in the neck or back, sciatica, pain in the lower back or a stiff neck.

TeleSky Shopping is proud to present The Decompression Back Belt and The Neck Comforter. These home traction devices have helped thousands of patients across the world get over spine related issues and regain normalcy in minimum time. The Decompression Back Belt and The Neck Comforter have been developed by doctors and physiotherapists with over 30 years of experience in treating patients suffering from similar conditions.

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What Are the Tasks of a Physical Therapist?

A Physical Therapist will serve their patients in helping them to relieve pain, improve their mobility, and help to prevent any permanent physical damage that may cause disability.

Patients of a Physical Therapy may include people who suffer from severe back pain, shoulder pain, fractures, heart disease, arthritis, and head injuries, to name a few. Sometimes, the work of a physical therapist can be physically demanding as they may have to help move patients and help them make certain body movements during therapy. Besides helping move their patients, in Physical Therapy a therapist may also have to move around heavy equipment sometimes.

Physical Therapy have access to their patients medical histories and will examine them so that they can test their patients strength and muscle performance, range of motion, balance, posture and so on. For instance, if a patient has a rotary cuff injury, they will have a hard time raising their arm straight up. The physical Therapy will continually test that patient to see if improvements are made as treatment goes on. Their goal here is to get their patient to raise their arm without pain and to reach that point, the Physical Therapy will have to develop a strategy and a plan to get the healthy outcome that he/she and the patient desire.

To treat patients, the Physical Therapist may have their patients do exercises for them, especially for those who may have problems with certain body movements that most healthy people usually take for granted. The Physical Therapist will try as hard as they can to get their patient to get all normal range of motions back and increase flexibility as much as possible. The patients will need these normal range of motions to get by in everyday life whether at home or at their job, the Physical Therapy has a goal to see that it is achieved.

Aid products that you may see a Physical Therapist use are things such as hot packs or cold compresses. These are used to help relieve pain that a person may be experiencing. Other gadgets that a Physical Therapist use are electrical stimulation and ultrasounds, whatever it takes to relieve the pain from their patients and make them feel better. Massages are done my Physical Therapist to ease pain, massages also help to improve circulation of the patients.

Physical Therapy jobs include teaching your patients how to keep healthy and strong when they go home to fully exert their recovery, exercising may be part of the plan. They may teach the patient how to use crutches, wheelchairs, and other things.

Physical Therapy jobs include lots of follow up with their patients. When a patient is sent home they will have to visit their Physical Therapist from time to time so that progress can be examined. When necessary, modification of treatment will be ordered. For this reason, physical therapy work closely with physicians, social workers, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, educators, nurses, as well as other professionals to help patients recover.

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Many people who are in chronic pain try to move as little as possible. They believe that the less active they are the less pain they will experience. Actually the opposite may be true. People who suffer from conditions that leave them hurting all of the time could possible benefit from physical therapy. This therapy helps:
• Strengthen muscles and that improves the support the muscles can provide to the rest of the body. When you allow your stomach muscles to lose strength then you will suffer from more back aches because the muscles in your stomach also help to support your back.
• Increase endurance so people in chronic pain can perform their daily activities
• Increases stability of the joints and this can decrease falls, and pain associated with swollen joints
• Increases flexibility in the muscles and joints of the body
• Exercise stimulates a release of natural endorphins that work well to relieve pain. The exercise also makes a person feel better about themselves and helps to alleviate depression that people with chronic pain conditions suffer
• Helps people to maintain ideal body weight and that decreases pain

What conditions can benefit from physical therapy for pain management?
Almost every condition that causes pain can be helped by performing the right combination of physical therapy maneuvers. Some of the most common conditions that are greatly improved by this therapy are:
• Osteoarthritis
• Fibromyalgia
• Chronic headaches
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Neuropathic pain as a result of tissue injury

What type of physical therapy for pain management is best?
There are different types of physical therapy for pain management, and you will have to explore these methods in different combinations until you find the right ones for your condition.
• Deep tissue massage
• Manipulation of the joints
• Cold laser therapy
• Micro current stimulation
• Exercises that target the muscles and joints that you have the most difficulty with

Can you do physical therapy for pain management at home?
A person can do this therapy and movement therapy in their own homes, but they benefit from getting guidance, and instruction from a physical therapists. A physical therapists can evaluate your condition and suggest the proper exercises to help you relieve some of your pain. The physical therapists can also instruct you how to properly perform these exercises, and how frequently you should be exercising.

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After an injury or surgery, it is quite common to find your ability to move is limited, or that you have less functional strength and mobility than you had prior to the event. Often in these cases, your general medicine doctor will prescribe physical therapy to help you re-learn proper movement patterns as well as regain your strength, flexibility, range of motion, endurance, and general physical independence.

When faced with your first physical or occupational therapy session you may experience nervous or excited emotions due to the fact that this will be a new experience for you. However, you will soon learn that therapy sessions typically consist of a lot of strenuous, physical work. The procedures, treatments, and exercises you undergo while in therapy may be strenuous, and at times even mildly painful. Here are five tips for staying motivated to get through your therapy sessions.

1. Understand Motivation

Motivation is a complex subject, but in short, everyone is motivated differently based on their genetic, social and cultural backgrounds. While something may motivate you, it may not necessarily motivate other people as well. The important thing is to understand specifically why you want to undergo therapy. Do you want to restore your mobility and regain your independence? Do you want to rehab that knee and get back to your favorite sport? Focus on what you hope to get out of therapy and set that image as an end goal.

2. Finding the Right Therapist

One of the biggest factors of your success will be your relationship with your physical therapist. While it is important to know they have the proper education, licensing, and qualifications, you should also get a feel for their bedside manner. Will they encourage and motivate you? Do you feel a positive connection with this person? If someone does not seem to be a fit with you, feel free to continue interviewing other physical therapists.

3. Monitor and Track Your Data

Your first session with a physical therapist will likely include an initial evaluation where they study your condition and take several measurements regarding your strength and mobility with the affected area. Your therapist should explain to you what these measurements detail about your condition, and what your goals should be for each measurement. Ask your therapist to keep you involved with tracking your progress, by giving you a copy of your results after each session. This alone will do wonders for your motivation.

4. Find a Partner

Typically when you are undergoing therapy, you will meet other people with conditions or therapy programs similar to your own. When this happens, it may be helpful to strike up a conversation and build a relationship with this person. Even if you simply shoot each other an email or text every day to see how things are going and offer motivation, will keep you both accountable to your therapy routine, and keep you inspired to work hard.

5. Motivate Yourself with Music

Anyone who has ever worked out knows that listening to music can help you maintain motivation and work through the pain when the exercise gets tough. Feel free to discuss bringing your own music and headphones to your sessions with your therapist.

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Reasons Why One May Need Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps patients recover from debilitating physical conditions which may interfere with normal functioning of their bodies. Many techniques and devices are employed by physical therapists to help their clients recover from their poor health status. This is done by easing pain in the affected areas, improving the range of mobility, posture correction and improving muscle activities.

Characteristically, human beings take part in several activities in their daily lives. As a result, many may not realize that at one point or another they ought to seek therapy. The process is crucial since it is a solution to many musculoskeletal and neuromuscular dysfunctions. The following are situations that may call for therapy.

Injuries Caused by Sporting Activities: Sporting activities and exercises are highly recommended by medics as they help in maintaining healthy bodies. However, one may acquire injuries during such activities. No matter how minor they may look, it is always wise to seek attention for those injuries. Therapy is one way to go.

Cases of Chronic Diseases: Diseases such as osteoarthritis and arthritis affect the joints. Osteoarthritis is caused by wearing out of the joint cartilage that covers the bone ends. Arthritis on the other hand results from inflammation of joints. This two diseases result in notable pain and extreme difficulty in motion. It is therefore advisable for one to visit a physical therapist for assistance.

Surgeries: Some surgeries involving muscles and bones may cause pain and immobility of joints. Muscle conditioning and strengthening is therefore a crucial aspect in therapy. It could be done either before or after the surgery.

Bowel Problems: Abdominal pressure may cause bowel problems. Pelvic muscles may need strengthening and boosting by using specialized physical therapy techniques.

Nervous System Rehabilitation: The nervous system is an important part of the body. This system can be affected by health issues such as strokes, spinal injuries and head injuries in event of an accident. Specialized methods of physical therapy are used for fast and effective restoration of the nervous system.

Fatigue and Pain: Conditions such as fibromyalgia and general fatigue due to overworking and lack of enough sleep or may cause soft tissue inflammation which causes chronic persistent pain. One should go through therapy that help ease these problems.

General Mobility and Balance Problems: Head injuries, trauma or ear problems may result in difficulty in motion and balance. This problem can be easily resolved if the appropriate physical therapy procedure is undertaken.

Muscle injuries and sprains: Accidents and other incidents may cause injuries on muscles which may cause limitation in the normal activity. These injuries and also neck pains can be worked back to perfection by therapy.

Physical therapy as seen is a very important procedure in healing and restoration of muscles, bones and the nervous system. The significance of physical therapy in health can never be overlooked as it forms the solution to most if not all common health complications.

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So you’ve got an interview scheduled for a Physical Therapy job, or you’re still searching but you’re coming close? Congratulations! The chances are you won’t be the only candidate, so you need something to set you apart. Just follow these 10 Tips For Nailing A Physical Therapy Job Interview and you’ll have a great advantage over your competitors who won’t be as prepared as you are.

1. Get your sales pitch ready.

Do you think you’re not a “salesperson?” You are when you’re on a job interview. Your job is to sell the interviewer into thinking that you are the best Physical Therapist that he or she could ever hire. So, in order to do that, plan on being able to talk for about 5 minutes about your background, education, experience and why you’re the best candidate for the job. A five minute monologue is around 50 sentences. Prepare those 50 sentences in advance and practice, practice, practice.

2. Arrive 15 minutes early for the interview.

That way you’ll have time to compose yourself, review your notes, and fill out any paperwork that may be required before your interview. Take advantage of the extra time to go to the restroom and check your appearance in the mirror. Don’t forget to check your teeth for bits of leftover lunch. Pack a toothbrush and toothpaste and give your teeth a quick brushing to freshen your breath.

3. Listen carefully to each question that you are asked and then answer those questions thoroughly.

Watch out for stumbling words like “um’s” and “ah’s” and conversational slang that doesn’t belong in a business conversation when you give your answers. Be sure that you sound confident when you reply. PT Managers look for people who know what they are talking about and have the confidence to answer questions thoroughly. Don’t ramble and don’t wander off track. Answer the question and then wait for the interviewer’s response.

4. What the question “tell me a little bit about you?” really means.

The answer doesn’t start with “I like long walks on the beach and quiet evenings at home.” The interviewer is looking for personality traits and background information that establishes your qualifications for the position. Tell him or her about your work ethic, your love for the PT profession and your desire for ongoing education to stay current in the field.

5. What the question “tell me about your strengths and weaknesses?” really means.

This isn’t the time to do a character assassination on yourself by telling the interviewer how hard it is for you to get up in the morning and that you and Chocolate Martinis are well acquainted. You probably will have no problem responding with 3-4 positive things about yourself, but how do you answer the weakness question? Mention a quality or two that is really a quasi-strength in disguise. For example, “I tend to spend more hours at work than most of my co-workers because I don’t feel comfortable going home until I have wrapped up all my paperwork for the day.”

6. What the question “what do you see yourself doing in 5 years?” really means.

This is a probing question designed to determine how long you might stick around. While honesty is usually the best policy, there’s no law that says you have to work in the same place forever. If your goal is to attend college at night so you can switch careers and become a lawyer in 5 years, don’t bring it up. State goals that are in line with your PT career and that show you are a good candidate for long-term employment. Something like “I’d like to be your Senior Therapist,” is a good response.

7. Have specific examples of work successes ready.

You can expect to be asked questions about your current position. Interviewers love to find out how you faced a particular challenge and to get insight into your day-to-day work experiences. Be ready with some specific examples of your more challenging cases. Also, provide some examples of how you were able to get a particular task accomplished under unusual pressure, or a short deadline, if you have those types of examples. Don’t make anything up though. It’s also a good idea to provide examples of your teamwork skills and how well you communicate ideas with co-workers and supervisors.

8. Show Enthusiasm, Friendliness and PMA.

PMA means Positive Mental Attitude, and you want to bring plenty of it to the interview. You send subliminal signals to the interviewer with your body language, tone of voice and attitude. Make sure that all of those signals are positive by acting bright, energetic and cheerful. Pay attention to your body language. Sit up straight, don’t tap your feet or drum your fingers. Make sincere eye contact with the interviewer. If it comes down to a tie between you and another candidate with equal experience and skills, your enthusiasm could swing the job your way.

9. Don’t be shocked by a confrontational interview.

Some interviews use a measured confrontational approach to weed out candidates who do not react well to pressure or confrontation. Don’t be drawn in. Maintain your professional demeanor and act as if your interviewer is doing nothing unusual. Remember, you’re not always going to be treating clients who are happy to see you, and some that are in intense pain may not be the friendliest people you’ll ever encounter. Your interviewer knows this, and he or she is just trying to find out how you will be treating the clients when those situations arise.

10. Make sure that you ask for the job twice.

Don’t assume that the interviewer knows that you want the PT job just because you showed up for the interview. Ask for it at the end of the interview by saying something like “I enjoyed meeting with you today, and I would enjoy working here very much. Can we take this to the next step? It might sound a bit assertive, but at least you’re letting the interviewer know that he or she has a hot prospect on their hands. If you don’t get a PT job offer on the spot, follow up with a short Thank-You note and ask for the job again. Don’t use e-mail. Handwrite a note on a generic Thank-You card and drop it into the mail. Trust me, hardly anyone does that anymore. You will stand out from the crowd.

Summary

There’s a lot of competition in the Physical Therapy job market today. It’s important that you handle yourself professionally and that you give the interviewer the ability to judge how you are going to perform once the clinic extends you a job offer.

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