Acupuncture Courses for Physiotherapists

If you are a physiotherapist looking for courses to augment your continuous professional development, then you should consider acupuncture.

As a physiotherapist that consistently comes in contact with patients complaining mostly of pain, it would be great to take acupuncture courses to add to your pain management skills.

Acupuncture Canada's Acupuncture Courses for Beginners

Acupuncture Canada offers a training program for healt professionals who want to integrate acupuncture into their practice.
The Core Program consists of four courses that introduce you to acupuncture through a western-based anatomical or medical approach, along with an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts.

Anatomical acupuncture bridges the gap between TCM and Western medicine. It is based on Western ideas on anatomy, physiology and diagnosis. It requires a thorough understanding of the anatomy related to the various acupuncture points, as points are chosen based on anatomy and physiology of the problems being treated.

The four courses in the Core Program are:
Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture (AA1)
Clinical Applications in Anatomical Acupuncture (AA2)
Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM)
Advanced Applications in Acupuncture (AA3)

All four courses combine online and hands-on learning.
Our online component delivers a rich multimedia environment that engages students with narrated PowerPoint presentations, 3D animations, videos and case presentations provided by expert faculty. Designed to deliver an optimum learning experience for our students it is structured so that we can pace and assess students throughout the weekly format, and prepare students for our onsite, hands-on sessions. The onsite workshops are conducted in small groups. Practical instruction in based around the extensive practice of needle technique.

Learn more about the courses

If you have other acupuncture courses to share with others please do so in the comments box or contact me.


Getting Study Materials for the DHA, HAAD Physiotherapist Exam

The licensing exam for practicing physiotherapy in Dubai or Abu Dhabi is computer based and multi choice (mcq).
Getting past questions for this DHA, HAAD exam has become a very expensive venture with many websites offering sample questions at a cost.

The Dubai Health Authority has however made it clear that it doesn't sell or make available such past questions and that any one who encounters such should report to them.
So I won't be putting up any names of websites who claim to sell sample questions or offer subscriptions to those who want to rehearse the exam online.

If you want to know how to prepare for these exams or have an idea of the syllabus then you can do one of these two options:
1. Get in contact with a medical recruiting agency with experience.
2. Use the recommended textbooks to prepare for the exam.

I really don't see why you can't go for option 2.
Give yourself a month to go through the textbooks to refresh your memory... It's an mcq exam and pass mark is 60%.
I believe you can make it, the exam isn't set up to make you fail.

Here are the books recommended by the DHA as study materials for the exam:

And Tide's Physical therapy 12th Edition by Ann Thompson (which I didn't find).

All the best!

Do You have a Female Patient presenting with Multiple Joint Pain and Weakness? Read This.

As a physiotherapist one of the most common symptoms you address everyday is pain...joint pains, muscle strains...acute pains, chronic pains....back pains, neck pains, knee joint pains...Arthritis, Tendinitis...
Whatever the situation your patient hopes to find a remedy from one of the physical therapy treatment modalities.

I just wanted to throw this in to help you in the course of administering therapy to female patients that present with complaints of multiple joint pain. Particularly pain that seems to be of systemic origin.
It is important to ask your patient if she's on any form of contraceptives, particularly the pill, the injectable (Deposit Provera), IUD...

Quite a number of women on contraceptives present with symptoms similar to autoimmune disorders like lupus, fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis....and even sciatica, tendinitis...

Some may respond to physiotherapy treatment, some may respond very slowly while some may not.
Whichever the case may be investigate meticulously the genesis of these conditions, quizzing your patient if they observed any changes before and after taking contraceptives (some may not even know).

Suggest your patient stopping the contraceptives for a while to see if there would be any improvements... If it is caused by these contraceptives there will be improvements that your patient will confirm with you.

If you've ever had such an experience, please share.

How can you get a job as an Allied Health Professional in UAE?

Getting a physiotherapy job in Dubai can almost be like a catch 22 situation... " you need a work visa to work, but you need an employer to sponsor you to get a work visa...but you need to get your license to work as a physiotherapist... but you can't apply for a license till you pass the exams...but you don't even qualify to take the exams if you don't have a job offer...

So what can you do?

Well I have three suggestions, not necessarily recommendations, but these should help:

1. Send your CV to a recruitment agency in Dubai.

2. Search for jobs online by yourself. Here are some websites where you can search for physiotherapy jobs in Dubai or UAE generally:


3. You can go to Dubai on a visit or tourist visa and search for jobs on ground. Buy their newspapers and pick up classifieds from supermarkets. Visit hospitals, health centers or gyms...

However, if you get hired by a Dubai employer you will need to leave the UAE and wait for your Employment Visa to be issued, so you are not banned from the country.

 An employer must apply for an employment visa on your behalf.

ACSM Announces New Recommendations and Warnings Regarding Safety of Energy Drinks

Excessive caffeine consumption is dangerous for many, from children to Olympic athletes


INDIANAPOLIS –the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released a new official statement regarding energy drinks, published today in the college’s clinical review journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports.“Energy Drinks: A Contemporary Issues Paper” provides helpful guidance and warnings regarding these beverages because of the dangers they present to at-risk populations, primarily children who are the most vulnerable and the target of marketing efforts.

“Energy drinks are extremely popular and concerns about their consumption are coming from every sector of society, which is why we’ve published these recommendations.”  said John Higgins, MD, FACSM. “Our review of the available science showed that excessive levels of caffeine found in energy drinks can have adverse effects on cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems, as well as psychiatric symptoms. More needs to be done to protect children and adolescents, as well as adults with cardiovascular or other medical conditions.”

Energy drinks are highly caffeinated beverages that often contain a myriad of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbal mixtures. As the global authority for sports medicine, exercise science and the promotion of participant safety, ACSM is focused on facilitating high performance, while protecting those who compete in athletics or engage in other forms of physical activity. By publishing the new recommendations, ACSM is helping consumers to understand the risks associated with rapid and excessive consumption of energy drinks.

“When used safely and with moderation, energy drinks may have some short-term, performance-enhancing effects. However, users are generally unaware of the many potential adverse reactions that could have long-term effects, some of which are quite serious,” said Higgins. We highly encourage consumers, parents, physicians, athletic trainers, personal trainers and coaches to follow these recommendations.”

ACSM’s primary recommendations focus on four key areas:

Protecting children at risk:
Children and adolescents appear to be at particularly high risk of complications from energy drinks due to their small body size, being relatively caffeine naive, and potentially heavy and frequent consumption patterns, as well as the amounts of caffeine. The message that these beverages are not intended for children needs to be re-enforced and widely disseminated.

Stop marketing to at-risk groups, especially children: Marketing should not appeal to vulnerable populations. Currently, manufacturers of energy drinks advertise on websites, social media and television channels that are highly appealing to both children and adolescents. Target marketing to sporting and other events involving children and adolescents should not be permitted.

Do not use energy drinks before/during/after strenuous exercise: Regardless of health and fitness level, and until such time that proper safety and efficacy data are available, energy drinks should be avoided before, during or after strenuous activities.  Some of the deaths allegedly due to energy drinks have occurred when a person consumed energy drinks before and/or after performing strenuous activities.

More education and data needed: Investment in awareness and educational resources highlighting the potential adverse effects and safe use of energy drinks is required.  Significant efforts should be made to educate consumers regarding the clear and present differences between soda, coffee, sports drinks and energy drinks. Energy drink education also should be a priority in school-based curricula related to nutrition, health and wellness.

A research agenda must be developed to prioritize key questions about the acute and chronic effects of energy drink use. At a minimum, standard safety and efficacy studies should be performed and submitted to the FDA by manufacturers. Well-designed and controlled research is required to examine the increasing frequency of adverse events being reported by emergency departments.

Health care providers must talk to their patients about energy drink use, and report adverse events to watchdog agencies, like the Poison Control Centers, Consumer Product Safety Commission and the FDA. A national registry should be set up to specifically track energy drink side effects with mandated reporting requirements.

Other specific recommendations include, energy drinks:

  • should not be consumed by children or adolescents
  • should not be consumed by other vulnerable populations, including pregnant or breastfeeding women, caffeine naïve or sensitive individuals or individuals with cardiovascular or medical conditions
  • should not be used for sports hydration
  • should not be mixed with alcohol
  • should bear a label such as “High Source of Caffeine” or “Do Not Mix with Alcohol”

About ACSM:

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

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Register with Health Match BC to see if you Qualify for Express Entry BC

Health Match BC is a free health professional recruitment service funded by the Government of British Columbia (BC), Canada.

They specialise in recruiting Canadian and internationally educated physicians, registered nurses and allied health professionals on behalf of BC's public (not private) health employers.

You can register with them here

Once you register  their allied health services team will review your training and experience to determine if you are likely to qualify to work as a physiotherapist.

Its always good to know for free than pay much for your ignorance.

Do Your Free Online Assessment before Migrating to Canada as a Physiotherapist

A SART is an online self assessment tool designed for Internationally Educated Health Professionals. This tool will help you compare your knowledge, skills and abilities against those required to practice in Canada.

What content to expect in the tool:
1. Information on the education requirements and licensure/certification process for physical therapists.

2. General Information about immigration.

3. A view about the life and practice of physiotherapists through authentic case scenarios, employer identified core skills and technical competencies.

4. Assessment that helps you identify gaps (if any) and therefore make informed decisions about your career options (eg you may decide to start as a Physiotherapy Assistant instead of Physiotherapist)

I know a number health professionals that got nasty shocks after migrating to Canada, when they realized their skills didn't match.
As a first step it would be wise to use the free online assessment tool, so your decision to migrate to Canada would be an informed one.


Allied Health Travel Jobs in the US

When healthcare facilities experience shortages and vacancies caused by reasons such as expansion, turnover, or staff vacations, they recruit temporary allied health travel professionals with the flexibility to travel for temporary assignments (typically 13 weeks).

Med Travelers offers allied health clinicians the opportunity to expand and advance their careers in hospitals, clinics, medical centers, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, schools, government institutions, and many other healthcare organizations.

These Allied health travel jobs are ideal for new graduates seeking résumé-building opportunities that combine education with adventure.
Experienced health clinicians will also get to add variety experience to their allied health careers, while enjoying top pay, comprehensive insurance coverage, complimentary private housing, and many other exclusive benefits.

You must be a graduate of a U.S.-accredited allied healthcare program,
hold a valid professional practice license or certification, present proof of your right to work in the United States (the most common forms of this are your birth certificate, social security card, or U.S. passport).

Med Travelers provides its temporary professionals with free, private housing

Start your job search.

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2018. I hope this year is a year your career dreams come true. If you have any questions or suggestions that could help you achieve your desires, don't hesitate to contact me.

Important Update for Foreign Trained Physiotherapists who want to work in South Africa

1. All foreign qualified Physiotherapists are required to sit for an examination conducted by the Board, twice per year.

2. You should also submit the following to the HPCSA (Health Professionals Council of South Africa):

  • Form 49 PT
  • Form 176 DOH
  • Certificate of Status, issued by foreign registration authority
  • Original certificate of Qualifications or certified copies by Notary Public
  • Certified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph

Initial Letter of Endorsement

The first step to getting licensed to work as a physiotherapist in South Africa is to get an initial letter of endorsement from the FWMP(Foreign Workforce Management Programme). So you can download the form 176 DOH here

Please ensure you read the Foreign recruitment policy carefully, here are a few clauses to note in the form 176 DOH:

"Application to the FWMP is a mere presentation of your candidature for National consideration to endorse towards further processes.
The Department of Health is finalizing the restructuring its foreign recruitment initiatives.
The aim is to, in the years to come consider mainly and in some instances exclusively those candidates
identified in terms of country-to-country agreements.
The only direct recruitment of individual applicants from abroad will be for those applicants who can submit
documentary evidence of being a citizen of a developed country.
The applications from foreign health professionals who are citizens of developing countries will therefore no longer be entertained on an ad-hoc basis."

"Employment contracts can be up to 3years and non renewable."

Working as a Physiotherapist in New Zealand

If you are an overseas trained physiotherapist seeking to work in New Zealand, you need to be licensed by the physiotherapy board of New Zealand. This is quite a lengthy process so you need to be prepared for the long haul. The board expects you meet the requirements in 3 major areas:

1. Your qualification and physiotherapy practice experience should meet current Board criteria:

Your school's curriculum by which you obtained your physiotherapy degree should be a minimum of 4years and be sufficiently similar in theory and practice to the physiotherapy curricula undertaken by undergraduates in New Zealand.

The criteria are shown in this table below:

If your undergraduate physiotherapy curriculum is not sufficiently similar to the New Zealand (NZ) physiotherapy curricula, the chances of becoming
registered in NZ are unlikely unless: 

A. Your work history includes being registered and working in a country that does have a sufficiently similar physiotherapy programme and has a similar healthcare system to NZ.
B. You have undertaken a postgraduate physiotherapy qualification that includes supervised clinical practice experience, in a country
that has a sufficiently similar physiotherapy programme and a similar healthcare system to NZ. 

Currently, the countries identified as having the most similar physiotherapy
programmes to NZ include the Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. 

The New Zealand board assesses applications individually, so even if you do meet the criteria described in A or B, registration is not guaranteed.

2. You should meet current Board English language requirements:

If English is your first language (defined as the language a person learns first) and your programme of physiotherapy study was undertaken and examined in English, you meet the Board’s English language criteria. If not you should do IELTS or OET (Occupational English Test)

3. You should meet the Board criteria for recency of practice:

To meet the Board's recency of practice criteria, you must be able to answer 'Yes' to at least one of the questions below.

I. Did you graduate from your primary physiotherapy qualification within the three years prior to the date of application for registration?

II. Have you worked as a practising physiotherapist, whether full-time or part-time, for any period of time during the three years immediately prior to the date of application for registration?

III. Are you able to provide evidence of successful completion of a formal course of university level physiotherapy study undertaken during the three years immediately prior to submitting your application for registration.  This physiotherapy course of study is in addition to your primary physiotherapy qualification and must include clinical practice experience, i.e. a Graduate Diploma, a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters with a clinical component.

Application Process
There are 9 components of the application and the forms are available for download on their website

Section 1: Forms and Templates
-Application Form
-Curriculum Vitae
-Validation of Work History forms (to be sent directly to the Physiotherapy Board by your referees), or Confirmation of Fitness to Practise form (to be sent directly to the Physiotherapy Board by your referee)
-The Treaty of Waitangi: Referenced Report
- Cultural Competence Reflective Statement
- Physiotherapy practice thresholds key competency templates

Section 2: Mandatory Documents
- A correctly certified degree certificate(s)/university issued qualification
- Complete official academic transcript/diploma supplement(s)/personal record of achievement
- Evidence of personal completion of around 1,000 hours supervised physiotherapy practice in a variety of settings and areas covered, issued by your university
- Complete official university issued academic curriculum/curricula/module/paper descriptors for all modules/papers undertaken as listed on your academic transcript/diploma supplement(s)
- A correctly certified copy of the personal details page of your passport (and any observations)
- A current, original Criminal Conviction Record (or equivalent)
- Current, original evidence of good standing
- Where applicable - English proficiency test results
- Where applicable – Name change documentation

Application fee is a non refundable NZ 1, 532.50

Duration: After the board had received your complete application with supporting documents, the process takes 2-3months.

For more information contact

7 Myths About Physical Therapy

As a physical therapist, you are daily faced with numerous patients with different mindsets. Some have heard "too much" about physiotherapy procedures while others are totally green watching you suspiciously to see what "magic" therapy you want to give.

Either way it is your responsibility to educate everyone who comes in for physical therapy on what to expect.
Here are 7 myths highlighted by the American Physical Therapy association that need to be "busted".

1. Myth: I need a referral to see a physical therapist.
Fact: A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) revealed 70% of people think a referral or prescription is required for evaluation by a physical therapist. However, a physician’s referral is not required in order to be evaluated by a physical therapist. Some states have restrictions about the treatment a physical therapist can provide without a physician referral.

2. Myth: Physical therapy is painful.
Fact: Physical therapists seek to minimize your pain and discomfort—including chronic or long-term pain. They work within your pain threshold to help you heal, and restore movement and function. The survey found that although 71% of people who have never visited a physical therapist think physical therapy is painful, that number significantly decreases among patients who have seen a physical therapist in the past year.

3. Myth: Physical therapy is only for injuries and accidents.
Fact: Physical therapists do a lot more than just stretch or strengthen weak muscles after an injury or surgery. They are skilled at evaluating and diagnosing potential problems before they lead to more serious injuries or disabling conditions—from carpal tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulder, to chronic headaches and lower back pain, to name a few.

4. Myth: Any health care professional can perform physical therapy.
Fact: Although 42% of consumers know that physical therapy can only be performed by a licensed physical therapist, 37% still believe other health care professionals can also administer physical therapy. Many physical therapists also pursue board certification in specific areas such as neurology, orthopedics, sports, or women’s health, for example.

5. Myth: Physical therapy isn't covered by insurance.
Fact: Most insurance policies cover some form of physical therapy. Beyond insurance coverage, physical therapy has proven to reduce costs by helping people avoid unnecessary imaging scans, surgery, or prescription drugs. Physical therapy can also lower costs by helping patients avoid falls or by addressing conditions before they become chronic.

6. Myth: Surgery is my only option.
Fact: In many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be as effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions—from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disk disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of knee osteoarthritis. Those who have recently seen a physical therapist know this to be true, with 79% believing physical therapy can provide an alternative to surgery.

7. Myth: I can do physical therapy myself.
Fact: Your participation is key to a successful treatment plan, but every patient still needs the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist. Your therapist will leverage his or her specialized education, clinical expertise, and the latest available evidence to evaluate your needs and make a diagnosis before creating an individualized plan of care.

Interested in the Canadian Physiotherapy Clinical Specialty Program?

A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced level in a particular area of specialty.

The CPA Clinical Specialty program certifies physiotherapists who have focused their careers and can demonstrate advanced clinical competence, leadership, continuing professional development, and involvement in research in a specific area of practice.

This self-directed program consists of a written portfolio submission and an oral presentation that is assessed by a panel of peers. The components of the program allow candidates to demonstrate their professional competencies and development as a clinical specialist.

The program is targeted to candidates who have a minimum of five years of full-time applied clinical experience and a minimum of 300 clinical contact hours per year for the past five years in the clinical specialty area.

In this self-directed program you have the advantage of
setting your own pace of involvement in the specialization process.

The 4 Program requirements:
1. Advanced clinical competence (5years in clinical practice, 3 of the 5 years in a specialty area, 300 clinical contact hours yearly)

2. Professional leadership (mentoring, participating in clinical education, volunteer activities etc)

3. Professional development activities (academic courses, clinical supervision of students, conferences e.t.c)

4. Involvement in research (use research to inform and guide practice, apply research findings in practice, contribute to a research project

Fall 2017 program entry deadlines:

Applications due: October 31, 2017
Stage I candidate submission due: November 30, 2017
Stage I results: February 28, 2018
Stage II candidate submission due: April 13, 2018
Stage II Case Based Discussions (oral presentation): Scheduled throughout May 2018
Stage II results: August 31, 2018

You are given up to 3years to complete stage I and II of the program.

Stage I : Candidates Portfolio
Documentation and CV
Multisource feedback tool
Clinical reflections

Stage II: Case-based discussion
3 clinical cases
90 minute discussion with assessor panel through teleconference

Areas of Specialty
The 9 Specialty areas are:

  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurosciences
  • Oncology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pain Sciences
  • Senior's Health
  • Sport
  • Women's Health

Fees for CPA Members:
Application fee: $500 (non-refundable)
Stage I fee: $1200
Stage II fee: $950
Total: $2150

Fees for Non-Members:
Application fee: $500 (non-refundable)
Stage I fee: $2200
Stage II fee: $1300
Total: $3500

 For more information email
Or visit their website

How to register to work as a physiotherapist in Ireland

As at 30th September 2016 CORU currently regulates physiotherapy as part of 15 health professions.

The Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU has statutory responsibility for the:

  • Establishing and maintaining a Register of members of the profession
  • Assessing, approving and monitoring training courses for the health and social care professions under the Act
  • Establishing the code of professional conduct and ethics and standards of performance to which Physiotherapists must adhere

Physiotherapists with International Qualifications Registration procedure:

If your qualification is gained outside the Republic of Ireland a letter of Recognition/Accreditation must be provided by CORU.

New entrants with international qualifications must also first have their qualification recognised by CORU before they are eligible to apply for registration.

1. Apply for recognition of international qualification

The process usually takes about 4months and costs €410.

If you have already had your professional qualification recognised by the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and hold a letter of recognition you do not need to apply for recognition at CORU.

If you require any additional information on applying for registration please

2. If English or Irish is not your first language, you are asked to provide one of the following:

I. A copy of a qualification acquired and examined through the medium of English or Irish.

II. A copy of a qualification attesting knowledge in the English or Irish language

III. Evidence of previous professional experience in Ireland or another English speaking country

If you can't provide any of the three above then you will need to pass TOEFL .

3. Complete the online application form

4. Supporting documents for online application:

Application cover page

Certified copy of proof of identity
(Current Passport (Photo page) or
New Irish Driving Licence (issued since 2013)
or Public Services Card (as issued by the Department of
Social and Family Affairs) (copy front and back of the card)

Certified copy of evidence of any change of name if applicable

Certified copy of qualification certificate(s) if applicable

Completed and signed eVetting Invitation Form (NVB1) and subsequent online eVetting Application Form (NVB2).

Certified copy of certificate(s) of Criminal Clearance for each country outside of Ireland where you lived for one year and one day or longer from the age of 18 years

2 passport size photographs signed on back

Stamped and signed proof of professional practice form

Additional information in support of your application if applicable If relevant
Statutory declaration signed under oath

Evidence of competence in English or Irish language (if

Application fee for registration is €100.

CORU website

If you want to work with a health recruiting agency that can help with physiotherapy job placements in Ireland you can contact ateam Health Recruitment if they meet your needs.