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Exercise for Back Pain Relief

It actually sounds contradictory to patients when they are referred for physiotherapy to treat their back pain and exercise comes up as part of the therapy... Who does that?

Most times when you experience any form of pain in any part of your body the last thing you want to do is move the affected part, but that's exactly what the physiotherapist wants you to do!

Do Exercises Relieve Back Pain?
The truth is carrying out the right movements will the right way are beneficial to healing, so back exercises do relieve back pain.
Research has proven that exercise is highly effective in the reduction of low back pain. The aim of the back exercise program given you by your physical therapist is for restoration of the strength and endurance of your back muscles. These back exercises also improve joint health, flexibility, blood circulation and relieve stress.

Back Exercises
Exercises that focus on the stability of the back also strengthen the core back muscles. The core back muscles also include deep abdominal muscles . These abdominal muscles can help to relieve back pain when in optimal condition.

Your core back muscles are also linked to your pelvic floor muscles, so its very likely that an exercises therapy program for back pain will include pelvic and lower limb exercises.

Endurance and strength training of the back muscles
In as much as there are numerous back exercises online recommended by many websites, you should still stick to those prescribed by your physiotherapist.
Your physiotherapist may decide to include strength and endurance exercises for the back depending on your presenting symptoms and diagnosis.

Here are some back exercises that help relieve back pain, increase muscle strength and also boost flexibility.
Exercises should be carried out gradually and are best done under the supervision of or with the approval of your physical therapist. She will ensure she regulates the frequency and intensity of the back exercises you are doing. This precaution ensures you don't "over do" it as one of the side effects of exercise is muscle pain. If your muscles get overworked you'll end up " adding pain to the existing pain".

Pelvic Tilt

  • Lie on your back (face up) on a firm surface like an exercise mat.
  • Bend your two knees ensuring your feet are flat on the mat.
  • Tighten your tummy muscles while attempting to flatten the small of your back (lower back curve or lumbar curve) as if trying to press it against the mat. You can place your hand in that lumbar curve to monitor your contractions.
  • This action moves your pelvis as your pelvic muscles get contracted.
  • Hold this contraction while counting to five (5 seconds)
  • Repeat this action about 5 times.

Single Knee to Chest Stretch

  • While still in the same position, lying on your back with both knees bent and feet flat on the mat, take your knee to your chest
  • Raise the first knee and pull gently with your arm to your chest till you feel the stretch.
  • Maintain that stretch for 5 seconds
  • Switch to the other knee and carry out the same knee to chest stretch. Maintain the contraction for 5 seconds
  • Repeat this stretch fives on each leg


  • In the same position, lying on your back with both knees bent and feet flat on the mat, place your arms stretched out palm facing downwards on the mat.
  • Lift your pelvis off the mat higher than the shoulder level and tighten your stomach muscles.
  • Count to five then lower your pelvis gently to the mat.
  • Repeat this exercise 5 times.

Progression of these back exercises should be monitored by your physiotherapist.
If while carrying out any of these exercises you feel any discomfort or pain aside the initial pain you felt before commencing the exercises, stop immediately.
All back pain do not have the same causes or remedies, so your physical therapist is in the best position to guide you on what pain remedy is best for you.


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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.

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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.

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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.
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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

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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.
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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?
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