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Physiotherapy technicians and assistants

Description

Code

3255

Description

Physiotherapy technicians and assistants provide physical therapeutic treatments to patients in circumstances where functional movement is threatened by injury, disease or impairment. Therapies are usually provided according to rehabilitative plans established by a physiotherapist or other health professional.
Tasks include -
(a) administering manual treatments such as massage therapy or pressure point therapy;
(b) administering electrical modality treatments, ultrasound and other physical therapies using specialized techniques and equipment;
(c) instructing, motivating, safeguarding and assisting patients as they practise physical exercises, relaxation techniques and functional activities;
(d) conferring with physiotherapists or other health care providers to evaluate patient information for planning, modifying and coordinating treatment;
(e) monitoring and recording patients’ progress during treatment, including measuring their range-of-joint motion and vital signs;
(f) fitting patients for orthopaedic braces, prostheses and other physical support devices such as crutches, and instructing patients in the use of such devices.
Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Acupressure therapist
- Electrotherapist
- Hydrotherapist
- Massage therapist
- Physical rehabilitation technician
- Physiotherapy technician
- Shiatsu therapist
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Physiotherapist - 2264
- Chiropractor - 2269
- Occupational therapist - 2269
- Podiatrist - 2269

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