Mind, Body, Spirit Healing vs Traditional Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis

The word “psychology” is the combination of two terms – study (ology) and soul (psyche), or mind. The derivation of the word from Latin gives it this clear and obvious meaning:

The study of the soul or mind.

This meaning has been altered over the years until today, this is not what the word means at all. The subject of psychology, as studied in colleges and universities, currently has very little relationship with the mind, and absolutely nothing to do with the soul or spirit.

It is important to understand that words and ideas are supposed to refer to something. “The tree in the yard” refers to an actual thing that can be seen, touched and experienced. “The walking his dog at dawn” refers to an actual event that can be seen, observed and experienced. The realm of mind is an actual realm that can be experienced, and at one time there were words that accurately referred to this realm.

Dictionaries define “Psyche” as:

The spirit or soul.

The human mind.

In psychoanalysis, the mind functioning as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior.

Dictionaries define “Soul” as:

The spiritual or immortal elements in a person.
A person’s mental or moral or emotional nature.
Traditional psychotherapy/psychoanalysis fails to address the all-important relationship to one’s true spiritual nature.

Traditional spiritual practice often bypasses -and thus fails to transform – the psychological conditional patterns and unconscious beliefs that arise from our personal histories and adaptations.

In modern psychotherapy we treat symptoms because symptoms can be quantified and identified, or so it is claimed by traditional modern medical and psychiatric practices.

Thus Emotional Pain is described in terms of symptoms–Depression, Anger, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Self-Esteem issues, Mood Swings, Compulsive Behavior, Chronic and Acute Fear, Self-Injury, Suicidal Thoughts, Shame, Guilt, Eating Disorders, or Addictions) does not heal itself. Time, marriages, children, success, wealth, buying a bigger house, or faster car, changing jobs or relocating will not CURE it. The damage is sometimes very deep, pervasive and profound. It is a soul injury. The person has been robbed of his or her integrity, core identity and trust.

Emotional, Physical or Sexual trauma in childhood is ‘violence’ that does not require force. The child is thrown into a ‘state of shock.’ For some the memories remain conscious, while others drive them beneath the conscious level. The coping mechanisms the child used are carried into adulthood and impact the person’s life on every level–Emotional, Physical, Mental, Behavioral, Spiritual, Sexual and Relationships. While these coping mechanisms were appropriate then, they are a ‘problem’ in adulthood.

Traditional mental health professionals ask: “What is wrong with you?” or “What happened to you?” Asking, “What is wrong with you?” or “What happened to you?” implies blame, sickness and fault. Asking, “What did you experience growing up?” –allows the person to begin the process of discovering the source of their pain and healing the wounds.

Traditional psychotherapy/psychoanalysis neglects the fact that we feel, sense, and experience global political mass consciousness, as well as our individual consciousness, like never before. A Mind, Body, Spirit approach addresses all three, therefore opening the door to true balance and healing.

Well-being comes from the understanding of the Self, the family, the local community in which we live, and the global community of which we are part. We are each one heart of the Whole; each heart here to express its unique piece of the Whole. Knowing Self creates a sense of “I as a piece of this Whole,” different and one at the same time. The process of understanding the Self, the family, the local community and the global community has its foundation rooted in metaphysics.

Metaphysics is the science, which investigates first causes of all existence and knowledge. It seeks to explain the nature of being, the origin and structure of the world, in relationship between the ethereal and the physical. Metaphysics holds that the soul or spirit and the physical body are one yet separate; here the applied psychology of religion comes to bear. The metaphysician’s teachings help soothe the emotional and physical problems of youth and maturity, illness and death. Herein, a transformational process occurs between the work of the Facilitator and that of the individual. Because the metaphysician or doctor of metaphysics can serve as both a facilitator as well as a source of spiritual comfort, he or she espouses universal spirituality through holistic health.

Metaphysical Healing a.k.a. Transpersonal Healing is the process of reconnecting the person with their inner being. Reconnecting can be achieved through meditation, introspection and over time accessing our inner self, however, few people have the discipline, inclination or know how to affect this process. Therefore, employing the help of a professional who practices Mind, Body Spirit Healing/Transpersonal Healing will quickly establish the foundation for empowerment, self-esteem, peace of mind and on-going spiritual and emotional growth.

The facilitation of the process is exceedingly easy. The person sits in a slightly reclined position with eyes closed while the facilitator assists the person to access their “Higher self.” The “Higher self” refers to the part of you that has the highest possible perspective of who and what you are and why you decided to be here this lifetime. Your higher self loves you more than you can possibly love yourself consciously, and strives constantly to direct your personality self. The “personality self” is who we think we need to be in order to be safe here; the opinions and instincts of our personality self have developed since the moment we individualized in the womb, and perhaps before.

The higher self has somewhat of a higher perspective of our human “doings” here. This can be likened to a view of our life path and actions from a helicopter above us. This higher self is akin to our “soul self.” I like to call it the “all seeing self”…constantly moving us around on this chessboard of life. This soul self or “higher self” knows just exactly what we need to do at any moment and strives to tell us through such things as dreams and instincts. Connecting with this “higher self” consciously is very empowering. Working with this metaphysical principle is often called “transpersonal” because it transports us to a direct contact with the highest part of ourselves. Consciously connecting the higher self, the subconscious mind, and the conscious mind allows us to have a balanced and complete metaphysical healing. (The subconscious mind is the inductive computer that cannot deduct, but merely remembers all perceptions we have ever had, from any lifetime.)

Metaphysical and Mind, Body, Spirit Healing

In metaphysical healing, the Facilitator assists the person to connect with the three major parts of themselves–mind, body, spirit, and to go back to the inner child, or “child of the inner light.” All things came from light, so internally we are all light, no matter what camouflage (depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, shame, guilt, sadness, eating disorders, substance abuse, etc.) we have adopted to keep our “inner child” safe. We ourselves often do not know any of this consciously, but when you learn it, and consciously give this “trilogy” our empowerment to act in our lives, amazing healing occurs. This is true spiritual healing.

We have many bodies that all empathize and work to help one another. The physical is the lowest or most “base” of these bodies, so that when these different bodies have problems that hurt us, they eventually show up in this body. Since all the bodies help each other by drawing attention to some special part of us, we cannot avoid dealing with a problem. The soul directs the attention there by running the “most powerful” emotional experience over and over again – at least vibrationally – so that we will eventually “get it” and look for the original cause…

In this the soul reclaiming technique of looking for the damaged “inner child” becomes very important. This is because when we are hurt too badly we sort of “splinter off” or “cocoon” into the child we are at that moment of the most hurt and dis-empowered self. The person we are just continues on doing the best we can to grow and develop. When we become strong enough, the soul urge to become “whole ” again becomes empowered, seeks out the means by which we can “reclaim” this “inner child,” who seeks to help us become whole again.

Metaphysical healing is a very simple process, though its explanation is lengthy. We consciously know of this child part of us and it’s pain inside. Unfortunately, we are seldom given the tools with which to reclaim this part of us and unite this inner child with the person we have become now… This transpersonal healing is very complete, much easier and more efficient than you can believe, and wonderfully fulfilling. This is the original abandonment: when we separate off from ourselves because we simply are seeking to learn and grow and the lesson seems way too hard, we become “segmented off,” less powerful, and believe we have to be victims. We are all very powerful, incredible “beings of Light,” and it is time we took control of that loving power and help each other heal and recognize the beauty of all our “inner child self;” help them become reclaimed and we, therefore, become whole, healed, beautiful beings with a higher perspective of our true spiritual wholeness. Only then, can we accomplish what we have come here to do and recognize our soul’s real purpose for being here at this time.

The benefits of healing are all encompassing. In working with people for 23 years, I have learned, no matter how urgent or grim a person’s predicament seems to be, I know without doubt if they are WILLING to do the mental work of going within to release old beliefs, feelings, thought patterns and forgiving, anything can be healed. The belief that some issues or conditions are ‘incurable’ whether it is emotions or physical illness, which is so frightening to so many people, only means that the particular issue or condition cannot be cured by ‘outer’ methods and that the person needs to GO WITHIN to effect the healing.

Whether the issue is anger, sadness, fear, guilt, shame, or humiliation there is a negative thought pattern that produces them–thus these consistent thinking patterns create our experiences. A condition can be as annoying as acne or as dreaded and frightening as the ‘C’ word–Cancer. By changing our thought patterns, we can change our experience, thus healing the condition. The issue or condition came from the inner trauma the person experienced and can be healed–never to return again.

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The Mind Body Spirit Business and Life: 6 Key Questions Answered

Finding happiness in life isn’t easy. Most people will never find happiness in life because they don’t know what they want, and even if they do, they’re not sure what to do to achieve it, or they don’t believe it is possible.

There are a lot of simple things you can do to change your life. It takes patience and time. Since 90 percent of our lives is habit, then the key is to focus on your habits and begin to change those habits one at a time. If you have residual baggage from your past, systems like the Healing Codes or the “How Your Mind Can Keep You Well” meditation will help you remove those blocks to achievement and allow you to heal.

Understanding how this simple system works is crucial to getting the most out of it. Like anything else, what you put into it determines what you get out of it. If you feed your body junk food, fill your mind full of negativity and neglect your spiritual life, don’t expect to reap the benefits of a happy, joyful and abundant life.

1. What Is The Mind Body Spirit Business And Life?

It is taking a total body approach to your business and life. When you develop a strategy to change your life in one of the three main areas: health, wealth or relationships, you take a mind, body and spirit approach. You approach each problem from three different directions and then have the mind, body and spirit working together, in tangent, to solve the problem.

To successfully change, your body must take the right action. Your mind must believe the right things and your heart, part of your spirit, must agree with your mind.

2. What Are The Three Key Areas Of Concentration?

The three keys to the system are the mind, body and spirit. You must have a healthy mind, body and spirit in order to operate at 100 percent capacity in your life. If you have baggage or issues, these things put a drain on both your resources, energy and your body. Get rid of the baggage and take effective action to deal with your issues, and you restore you energy levels and benefit your health. Also, it is much more effortless to try and attain your goals when you have peace, joy, love and focus in your life.

3. What Are The Three Key Areas Of Goal Setting?

The three key areas of goal setting are health, wealth and relationships. Without good health, you don’t have the energy you need to accomplish your goals. Without true wealth, you don’t have the resources you need to to make the change necessary and finance your dreams. Resources can be anything from an education to financial resources and also the people in your life. Your success, as well as achieving your goals, is not dependent on having money. It is dependent on finding effective solutions to your problems and releasing your baggage and then taking action.

Relationships are icing on the cake. What is the point of becoming successful if you don’t have someone to share it with? None of us operate in a vacuum, and if you want to be truly happy, the most important way is to have good relationships. We were born to love and be loved.

4. What Is The Basis Of The Concept?

The Mind Body Spirit Business and Life concept is simple: every strategy you devise to change your life focuses on all three keys so you develop a strategy that is effective in helping you accomplish your goals. Since the mind, body and spirit work together, every change you make must include these three things. It is based on a concept I developed after reading “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles.

Implementation of this three step system is based on what I learned from reading Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles.” He mentions a suggested morning routine that includes 20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of meditation and 20 minutes of reading inspirational material.

Although it is influenced by my study of Jesus’ teaching, Zen and Quantum Physics, as well as my time serving in the United States Army, it is belief system independent. It operates on the laws of universal human truth and the laws of the universe. Because of it, this system works for anyone regardless of belief system. It is about bringing your beliefs in line with the universe and how it works.

5. How Do I Implement This Strategy In My Life?

The system is really simple. You spend 20 minutes a day on each focus: mind, body and spirit. That means 20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of meditation and 20 minutes of reading something inspirational to feed your mind and help you change what you believe. You choose what type of exercise you do, what you read and what meditation you use, so this is a custom program.

6. Where I Can I Get More Information?

Read my book, “The Hour of Power: When Jesus, Zen and Quantum Physics Meet the US Army.” It is available for free to anyone that wants it. My mission is to help anyone who wants to change his/her life and achieve a life of health, wealth, prosperity and happiness.

Jinger Jarrett is the author of “Hour of Power: When Jesus, Zen and Quantum Physics Meet the US Army.” It is a simple three step system that is belief independent and will help you change your life effortlessly. Get your free copy at my main site: JingerJarrett.com or visit my blog AskJinger.com for a copy plus additional tips and strategies.

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Mind-Body-Spirit Wellness And The Search For Powerful New Health

The mind-body-spirit debate has developed into a well known researched fact over the past decade. While there has always been some amount of contribution given to the mindset of any patient, only recently has the concept of caring for the “entire self” become a common practice in today’s modern medicine and prevention programs. Mind-body-spirit wellness has reached new levels of inclusive factors for today’s health conscious individuals. Holistic health has finally reached acceptance in many offices of doctors and practitioners of medicine.

The power of caring for one’s entire body is really quite impressively powerful. Individuals who have opted for total mind-body-spirit wellness have been able to determine great levels of health and energy within their own framework by allowing their entire being into account. Studies on the power of the mind have shown some shocking results, the effects have been proven to be of course, mind-blowing.

Holistic health is essential in providing high quality total care for your self, your family, and your overall well being. Studies have proven that holistic health practices have dramatically reduced the number and frequency of illnesses related to common every day exposure. School children living in mind-body-spirit wellness focused homes miss less than half of the school days due to illness than that of their classmates still living in traditional Western medicine focused homes.

Accounts of real world individuals being able to provide testimony to the effects of holistic health practices on their daily lives are continuously increasing. Many individuals offer that the mind-body-spirit wellness approach to life has given them not only their physical health back, but their emotional health as well. For those who place more emphasis on the testimony of physicians and health care practitioners, there are an increasing number of offices that practice mind-body-spirit wellness as part of their routine care.

Holistic health and the mind-body-spirit wellness approach to life has also opened up a while new industry for the entrepreneurial spirit. Many manufacturers feel that it has been nothing short of a blessing to fully endorse their product without doubting the word of their advertisers. There is a vast and endless ocean of new and improved products which adhere to holistic health practices and principles which have emerged onto the market as of late, and for the most part, these products actually do what they say they are going to do. Of course, we wouldn’t be an enterprising society if a few unscrupulous manufacturers didn’t sneak in there for their piece of this multi billion dollar industry. Our culture responded appropriately by deeming specific authorities on the topic to be the final word in quality and effectiveness.

By developing institutes that focus completely on mind-body-spirit wellness and awareness, there has been a successful and remarkable overhaul in the basic integrity of holistic health materials and products. While of course there are still some scam factories out there, the vast majority of holistic health companies want to be part of this ever growing, popular, and health enhancing trend that is changing the lives and souls of everyone involved.

Holistic health products that are able to make claims of providing “miracle” results are generally not considered to be authentic products endorsed or even recognized by any authority of holistic health practices. Rather, while there have been case reports regarding “miraculous results” on an individual basis, the mind-body-spirit wellness community does not promote grand promises but instruction, focus, and of course, directives that help individuals enhance their mind-body-spirit connection. Very few products on the holistic health market today receive genuine endorsements or “approval” from these authorities. Those that do have not only been proven to deliver what they promise, but also meet a strict standard of what constitutes and actual holistic health product.

As the mind-body-spirit wellness and awareness movement grows and matures over the next few years, there is bound to be growth in numerous areas of product development. What has reached the market now can be considered to be some remarkable enhancements in the holistic health practice. In fact, there have been a few products which not only earn the endorsement of leading authorities, but actually are not expected to be able to be produced better than they are right now. This is a pretty bold statement considering that technology and education will never be static yet those few products out there that are being praised and sung by the leading authorities have literally taken the holistic health product market by storm.

Our society will most likely continue the never ending search for powerful new health remedies and holistic health products which enhance the mind-body-spirit wellness experience with great enthusiasm and vigor over the next ten years. After all, what is considered a relatively new phenomenon in this country has been considered to be tradition in other societies for centuries. There is a wealth of knowledge waiting for us to uncover as time goes by.

The mind-body-spirit wellness movement and the holistic health practices that are now finally being viewed as medical advancements will continue to offer our society a new way of looking at health, not to mention a vast assortment of new health treatments. This can only be considered to be good news for those who suffer from chronic conditions, serious health problems and illnesses, or the healthy who wish to remain that way.

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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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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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