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Back Care: How to Prevent Back Pain

The complaints and occurrences of back pain have increased tremendously with most people spending more time off work to get pain relief.

As I have said many times over, pain is the body's warning signal or siren....your body just wants to let you know that something isn't right. Paying attention to these warning signs will do you a lot of good and protect you from experiencing irreversible damage.

However, most cases of back pain are not so serious so recovery may occur within a few weeks. Early physiotherapy and maintaining a helpful level of activity, rather than outright bed rest will promote healing from back pain.

Structures of the back
The back majorly comprises the vertebrae ( bones that surround the spinal cord), intervetebral discs- which are the shock absorbers between every two vertebrae, muscles, ligaments and spinal nerve roots.

Back pain prevention
These structures can be misused or traumatized even in your simple and regular daily activities so it's important you learn how to care for your back and prevent unnecessary pain and discomfort.
Knowing how to prevent back pain or care for your back actually involves you making up your mind to sign up for a lifestyle change as there are likely to be many of your personal habits and/or working or living environment that will have to undergo a somewhat radical change.


One of the  common causes of back pain is wrong or inappropriate posture- wrong sitting, standing, lying and working posture, improper lifting techniques... Basically assuming unfavorable body postures for an extended period of time
Here are important points to help you check your posture at all times

  • Get up and stretch regularly after sitting for long periods ( like over 2 hours). Most people at work forget that they are blessed with this free gift of just getting up and stretching.
  • Get a lumbar roll or pillow for extra support of the lower curve of your back while sitting especially when driving for long periods or distances.
  • Your work chair should promote good posture- the night of your chair at work should not be too high or too low- your hips and knees should be at the same level with your feet resting flat on the floor.
  • Your mattress should be firm enough to keep your back or spine in its natural shape and not cause excessive curving of your back.

Proper lifting method

  • Check how heavy the object you want to lift is, decide if you can carry it on your own or need help.
  • Stand close enough to the object, as lifting from a distance will compromise your balance.
  • Keep your legs apart, about the same width as your shoulder span
  • Bend your knees and not your back. Minimize bending your back to lift the object.
  • Lift the object as you simultaneously lift or straighten your legs.

Aerobic exercises like brisk walking, jogging, swimming and cycling promote joint health. You can take part in some form of aerobic activity for about 30minutes a day for 5days in a week. This will also help to improve the condition of your muscles and generally increase your fitness level.
Being obese or having a pot belly will have a negative impact on your back by affecting the natural equilibrium of the back. Watching your weight, and preventing the accumulation of belly fat while maintain an above averge fitness level will help prevent the occurrence of low back pain.


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Which Countries Pay the Best Physiotherapy Salary?

We always hear about physiotherapy being a "hot" profession and that physiotherapists are saught after all over the world and that gives us the confidence to go for international jobs. Interestingly, though, I have noticed that physiotherapists move around alot, and we're about ro find out if it's for "greener pastures" , inner fulfillment or just sheer restlessness. I know of physiotherpists that move from Australia to Canada, and others from Canada to Australia...the other day a colleague of mine told me about a physiotherapist that had just devided to leave Australia for Singapore, while he stays put in South Africa.
Many physiotherapists want to know which countries pay the best salaries to help get some motivation to move or jump ship, so let's first try to analyse places that have the best paying physiotherapy jobs or simply put, the highest salaries.

A physiotherapist's salary in Ireland ranges from $27000 to $60000 a year andthis wil…

How to Get Licenced to Practice Physiotherapy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Here's a quick summary on how to get a physiotherapy practising licence in Dubai and Abu Dhabi:

A foreign trained physiotherapist should at least have a B.Sc in physiotherapy, with at least two years work experience.

The physiotherapist must be a graduate from a National and/ or International recognized college/University.

For graduates from the UAE universities, the program and university must be accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).

Higher diploma certificates from The Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE will be equivalent to Bachelor degree as per MOHESR standard

A Master degree or PhD (in the area of specialty) will reduce one (1) year from the required experience for licensing provided that the Master’s/ PhD degree is not mandatory to obtain the selected title.

Qualifications acquired through honorary nature, correspondence or distance learning are not counted towards the PQR requirements.

All non-UAE national graduate physiothe…

How to Get a Physiotherapy job in Singapore

Physiotherapy is on the skills shortage list in Singapore and is classified as an Allied Health Profession.

You as a physiotherapist should apply directly to the Ministry of Manpower  or the Human Resources department in the hospital of your choice.
Once your registration is approved you'll need a work permit and you need to have a job to get it. There are two types of work passes the EP and the S pass. You can get more information on the Ministry of Manpower website.

Part of the criteria for a foreign trained physiotherapist to to be able to practise in Singapore is to pass the MOH qualifying exam.

The qualifying exam (QE) is an assessment of the equivalence of the knowledge and skills of the foreign trained physiotherapist and the physiotherapy practise in Singapore.
The exams are conducted four times a year in January, April, July and October and you need to be in Singapore to take the exams. The results of this exam are usually released four weeks after the exam was taken.


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 …

Want to Migrate to Australia as Physiotherapist? Read this first.

If you are a physiotherapist interested in migrating to Australia, reading this first will be highly beneficial to you.

Yes physiotherapy is on the Australia immigration skilled occupation list, but my observation is that there are still very few going through their skill select process.

The Australian skill select process (where Canada got the inspiration for Express entry) is supposed to be a stress free process. It's simply a DIY (do it yourself) kind of thing; fill in your information, upload your English scores and you skills assessment and submit your application for immigration.

Twice every month there are selection rounds and successful applicants are invited to apply for a skilled migration visa.

But this is not actually the case for physiotherapists because you need a skills assessment.

Here are the requirements for applying for a skills assessment:

·         A qualification that is included in theApproved Programs of Study list

·         A Certificate of Substantial Equ…

Areas of Specialization in Physiotherapy

When it comes to talking about specialty areas in physiotherapy or what physiotherapy areas you'll like to specialize it should be based purely on your strengths and interests.
Most physiotherapists specialize in musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy either for lack of better ideas or job prospects ( not that these are totally wrong reasons).
I think some things you should consider when deciding to specialize are -

What really are your interests? Would you rather work with the young or the elederly? I personally don't like seeing children in the hospital so paediatrics is definitely not my thing.What skills have you gathered over the years and which of your skills are you likely to harness? Have you seen yourself coming up with successful rehabilitation programs for patients that suffered from musculoskeletal injuries, for example, over and over again? Are there particular cases or conditions that your superiors or colleagues have associated you with because of your achievem…

Working Abroad: Getting a Physiotherapy Job in US

It's okay to look out for something different after being a physiotherapist in your present location for so long. Or maybe you are a fresh graduate seeking adventure and consciously plotting an international pathway for your career...Hmmm or maybe you graduated with a degree in physiotherapy and haven't really done much with it...The question remains the same....

How can I get an international job? Are there really jobs for physiotherapists abroad or is this career just overhyped?
Are you kidding me?
The key to plotting the right graph for your career is information, so I will do my best to point you in the right direction so you can achieve your dream of getting an international job.

Are there actually best countries for physiotherapy jobs?
Well there are quite a number of places abroad where physiotherapists are seriously sought after, but I would start with what I call the big five: United States, Canada, Australia, Dubai and Ireland... Then maybe Singapore and …