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The power of structured movement like dance to aid physical rehabilitation and improve coordination, strength, and health is well known. However, few are aware that dance and movement activities can also improve psychological, emotional, and behavioral health. Dance therapists work on the understanding that the body and mind are deeply connected, and utilize this connection both to assess and treat their patients.

Working as a dance therapist generally requires an undergraduate degree, in addition to a master's degree or post-graduate program approved by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA).

Clients come to dance therapists with a variety of ailments, including chronic illness, anxiety, depression, OCD, abuse, trauma, and eating disorders. It’s the dance therapist’s job to assess their needs, invite them into a safe therapeutic space, and create tailored sessions that utilize a combination of movement exercises and choreography activities—in a wide range of styles—to treat them. Although movement itself can have great therapeutic value, reducing stress and improving mood management, dance therapists are equally interested in what lies beneath the movements: a hidden language that they can interpret, helping bring to light repressed thoughts, memories, attitudes, and feelings. 

At a Glance

Career Path

Most dance therapists get started as dancers or choreographers. Working as a dance therapist generally requires an undergraduate degree, in addition to a master's degree or post-graduate program approved by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). In order to advance within the field, dance therapists might seek additional training—also ADTA-approved—to become board-certified practicioners, or pursue licenses, which are awarded on a state level and possess differing requirements. Dance therapists might also go on to work with or found dance therapy-focused nonprofit organizations, or incorporate other art forms into their practice, becoming creative or expressive arts therapists.

Finding Work

Dance therapists work in a wide variety of settings, from medical, rehabilitation, and drug treatment facilities to schools, community centers, and prisons. They can also create their own opportunities by founding private practices, or work within a local community as freelancers.

Professional Skills

  • Dance performance and choreography in a wide variety of genres
  • Assessing clients' needs and developing treatments
  • Teaching
  • Anatomy
  • Research
  • Establishing therapeutic relationships
  • Empathy

Interpersonal Skills

Dance therapists should strive to be patient, perceptive, and persistent. Analytical skills are helpful in assessing clients' needs and interpreting their communication through movement, but perhaps more critical are empathy and emotional openness, which can go a long way towards making clients feel safe and comfortable. Of course, excellent communication skills will only help.

Work Life

Dance therapists might work a fairly predictable daily schedule in a school, hospital, or mental health institution, combine a number of small gigs in different settings, or create their own schedule working out of a private practice. While dance therapists might spend some time at a desk organizing clientele, seeking out new jobs, or taking care of billing and other paperwork, the majority of their workday is spent on their feet with clients. Time is also set aside for continuing one's education and acquiring new tools and approaches.

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Become a Dance Movement Therapist

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What is dance/movement therapy?

The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.

Dance/movement therapy is:

  • Focused on movement behavior as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship.  Expressive, communicative, and adaptive behaviors are all considered for group and individual treatment.  Body movement, as the core component of dance, simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance/movement therapy.
  • Practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational and forensic settings, and in nursing homes, day care centers, disease prevention, health promotion programs and in private practice.
  • Effective for individuals with developmental, medical, social, physical and psychological impairments.
  • Used with people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds in individual, couples, family and group therapy formats.

What do dance/movement therapists do?

Dance/movement therapists focus on helping their clients improve self-esteem and body image, develop effective communication skills and relationships, expand their movement vocabulary, gain insight into patterns of behavior, as well as create new options for coping with problems.   Movement is the primary medium dance/movement therapists’ use for observation, assessment, research, therapeutic interaction and interventions.  Dance/movement therapists help develop treatment plans and goals, document their work in clinical records and collaborate with professionals from other disciplines.

Where do dance/movement therapists work?

Dance/movement therapists work in a variety of settings including nursing homes, schools, psychiatric, rehabilitation and medical facilities, drug treatment centers, counseling and crisis centers, and wellness and alternative health care centers.

What does a dance/movement therapy session look like?

The extensive range of dance/movement therapy techniques and the needs and abilities of participants allow for a wide variety of movement activities in dance/movement therapy sessions.  Dance/movement characteristics, from subtle and ordinary movement behaviors to expressive, improvisational dancing could occur.

To learn more about the ways in which dance/movement therapists work, go to the ADTA YouTube page and Profiles of DMTs. 

How can I become a dance/movement therapist?

There are two routes one can pursue to become a dance/movement therapist. View the R-DMT Applicant Handbook for an in-depth guide of requirements.

#1: ADTA Approved Graduate Program
Graduates of approved programs meet all professional requirements for the Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credential. Please contact the school directly for application process, requirements, etc.

#2: Alternate Route
The Alternate Route is defined as a Master’s degree with dance/movement therapy training from qualified teachers. Other requirements include movement observation and assessment, psychology coursework, fieldwork, internship, and dance experience.

What degree/credential do dance/movement therapists receive?

The dance/movement therapy credential is awarded at the graduate level.   Therefore, a Master’s degree is required.  Upon completion of an ADTA Approved Graduate Program or the Alternate Route and acceptance by the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board, the Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credential is awarded.  R-DMT represents attainment of a basic level of competence, signifying both the first level of entry into the profession and the individual’s preparedness for employment as a dance/movement therapist within a clinical and/or educational setting.  The Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) credential can be obtained after the R-DMT is awarded, with additional requirements and experience.  BC-DMT is the advanced level of dance/movement therapy practice, signifying both the second level of competence for the profession and the individual’s preparedness to provide training and supervision in dance/movement therapy, as well as engage in private practice.

What undergraduate degree should I pursue?

At the undergraduate level, there is no specific degree required.   However, it is a good idea to have substantial exposure to topics related to both dance and psychology.  For specific prerequisites, contact each ADTA Approved Graduate Program.

Where can I find information on how to volunteer/shadow a dance/movement therapist?

Opportunities to volunteer/shadow a dance/movement therapist are limited due to the nature of the work and the need for confidentiality. If you are interested in volunteering/shadowing, contact your region’s Member-at-Large or a local chapter. 

What kinds of experience would be helpful for a future dance/movement therapist?

It is strongly encouraged to pursue a broad practice in dance, including a variety of dance styles and techniques, choreography, performance, and teaching.  For education, focus on psychology courses and a course in kinesiology and anatomy.  Helpful experience would include working or volunteering with people in various human service settings (i. e. summer camps, schools, hospitals, nursing homes).

How long does it take to become a dance/movement therapist?

If attending an ADTA Approved Graduate Program, expect to be in school for two to three years, full-time.  For the Alternate Route, the length of time depends on many factors, such as committing full or part-time, location of courses (some travel may be required), when courses are offered, when the individual can attend, etc.

What school would you recommend?

Attending any of the ADTA Approved Graduate Programs provides in-depth knowledge and training from exceptional, experienced, board certified dance/movement therapists. The ADTA suggests contacting and/or visiting the school(s) to help decide if the institution is a good fit.

What does approval of graduate programs mean?

The ADTA approves programs that meet the requirements stated in the ADTA Standards of Education and Clinical Training. Graduates of approved programs meet all educational requirements for the Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credential.

Where can I find a list of Alternate Route offerings in my area?

Ongoing Alternate Route course offerings can be found in the Alternate Route Course Calendar and in the Alternate Route Graduate Coursework documents contained on the Alternate Route page. Also, check the Announcements section under the Forum, ADTA on Facebook, and ADTA LinkedIn.

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West Coast Swing from a physiotherapist's point of view - an inside view

Translation of Miles and Tessa's interview with physiotherapist Ruth Norgaard.

Have you ever wondered what a physiotherapist would say about West Coast Swing? It is not so easy to find a doctor who would really understand the essence of social dances and the special nature of the movement that is characteristic of the VKS. But we have such a person! Meet Ruth Norgaard - she has been with us for 3 years, and also heals when something breaks. nine0005

We asked Ruth a few questions about the mistakes WCS dancers often make that lead to injury, and how to avoid them. We received a lot of useful information, and the result of this interview was a separate chapter in one of the lessons in the Dance Literacy Development Methodology for Swing Dancers, our teacher training program.

Please note that this is a long article, but the information contained in it should not be taken as either a prescription or a guide to action. If you have health problems, please consult your doctor. nine0005

First, tell us a little about yourself. What is your profession, what is your work experience?

I am a private practice physiotherapist based in Vancouver, Canada, I graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of British Columbia in 2004 and then completed advanced training in manual therapy from the Canadian Physical Therapy Association, studying Mulligan and McKenzie techniques, neurodynamic approaches and an integrated systems approach ( Lee and Lee), as well as “Connect Therapy” (“Connect Therapy” Part 4, L. J. Lee) from the Thoracic Ring series of techniques. I don't think I'll ever stop adding to this list! Like dance, physical therapy is a lifelong journey. nine0005

Before taking up physiotherapy, I was a professional ballerina. My first professional contract was with the Santa Barbara Ballet and then I moved to Seattle where I did intensive training with the First Chamber Dance Company and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. I then returned to Canada and was hired by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Quebec. I also worked with the Ballet Ouest company and participated in television and theater productions. And although the ballet technique was the main one for me, due to the work I had to master both classical jazz and modern “modern” or “lyricism”, tap, flamenco, ballroom dancing and latin. I also worked for some time as an assistant choreographer, instructor and teacher. nine0005

Describe your experience in HQS.

It's been almost ten years since I retired from dancing for a variety of reasons (education, injury, etc. ) and then returned - first to ballroom dancing, it was fun, but ... when I discovered West Coast, I fell in love with him. I started out in one studio and then made a conscious decision to use the maximum resources available to me. And I am very glad that I did just that!

In 2004, I suffered a lot of injuries in a fall from a bicycle - spinal cord injury, nerve damage to the lumbar spine, and a myriad of other dysfunctions that I continue to work on. There are no words to fully express the gratitude I have for my physiotherapist! I am regaining my body through physical therapy and dancing. It's not easy, but it's a valuable experience. nine0005

At this point, I should note that there were several injuries associated with my return to dancing that I can't attribute to a fall off my bike. Social dancing is what it is, can't hurt, can it? Not certainly in that way. Two people participate in the dance, and each of them is obliged to be attentive to the one whom he holds by the hand. There were two times when I seriously considered giving up social dancing because it was dangerous and had dire consequences.

Now I have this game plan: I take lessons and consciously try to apply what I have learned when I dance. I stretch and do some yoga, Pilates, some ballet moves to grow and develop my physical vocabulary as often as my schedule allows. Gym, hiking, tennis and swimming - a variety of workouts and a healthy diet also contribute. And… I go to the doctor, thanks to whose support and work my physical condition is changing for the better! In my case it is a physiotherapist. I've also set my pace for dance classes, and while I enjoy the frenzy of long dance parties, I know my limits. nine0005

I usually dance 3-4 times a week. I also developed a healthy balance in my studies. I go to individual lessons regularly, depending on my employment and the teacher's employment, as well as attend master classes, take individual lessons or go to classes at field events that I participate in when I can afford it. Today I have reached the Intermediate level and attend an average of 4-5 events a year. I also compete in the Masters category and, let me tell you, I get a lot of emotions from it! nine0005

In general, what types of injuries are most common among VC dancers?

In my experience, West Coast Swing dancers often have tendonitis or tendonopathy of the wrist (caused by improper grip and tight arms), strains of the muscles of the shoulder girdle: biceps or rotators of the shoulder (unexpected movements with the acceptance of weight, "turning" in turns, sluggish frame ), knee sprains or meniscal injuries (twists in poorly slipping shoes, deep squats while doing lifts), ankle sprains (can be severe and take years to heal). Foot problems such as Morton's neuromas (excessive "hammering" of the feet into the floor without first strengthening them), plantar fasciitis, hallux valgus: deformity of the big toe (they can be painless or require surgery), men are more likely to have back injuries (often from poor posture), and in women, hips often suffer (from a strong blow when falling). I think that this is not an exhaustive list, and perhaps a number of dysfunctions will be associated with the chest. I can go on for a long time. nine0005

But in this system, everything is closely interconnected, right? The incorrect position of one part of the body can, as in a chain, affect several joints at once.

Yes, exactly! Do you think you only have an ankle problem? Ha! Think about what else your body has experienced in your entire life? Car accident? Walking up and down stairs? Falling into a snowdrift? Sitting hunched over at a computer for 20 years? Martial arts, gym, hiking, swimming? Systematic finding in an uncomfortable position? nine0005

West Coast Swing is an asymmetrical dance. Unfortunately, a repetitive set of asymmetrical movements can exacerbate imbalances in the body and cause injury, despite the beauty of this dance!

If the body does not hurt, it does not mean that it is completely healthy or functioning at 100%. Ask yourself why you can turn to the right but not to the left? This list can be continued indefinitely. Imagine a puppet. If the threads are not tangled, it is not difficult to control its movement. Now reverse the threads. It becomes not so easy. And the human body in this regard is not much different. The body is an amazing holistic mechanism, capable of such beautiful things as dancing. You need yourself safe and sound, so take care of it. nine0005

Many of the basic movement techniques that we recommend as part of our dance literacy development methodology for swing dancers aim to build the body and get it to work right from the start. Unfortunately, they are often either misunderstood by students, or teachers ignore them or take them seriously enough. Can we somehow change the situation?

You are right, it takes time for people to learn the simple yet extremely important principles of dance movement, if it happens at all. Everyone wants to move to a more advanced level as soon as possible, because at a beginner everything seems so simple, and everyone thinks: "I understand everything here. " Learning about something is not the same as being able to do it, and being able to do it is not the same as mastering it. These are just a few of my comments on this vast topic.

The information below should not be taken as a guide to action. For comprehensive guidance on how best to learn, develop, and teach these skills, see the Dance Literacy Techniques for Swing Dancers. nine0065


This is a very broad topic that is often very sparsely covered, and I suspect that's why many have given up trying to deal with it, since it's very difficult to apply the existing description. I will give a couple of technical terms, and then I will try to simplify.

In a static position (not moving), your sternum (breastbone) should be in line with the symphysis pubis (pubic bone). I love the look of people pointing their sternum up like they want to show off their favorite necklace. What I don't agree with is the hackneyed phrase "squeeze your lats": bringing your shoulder blades together and pushing them down will guarantee you problems later on if it becomes a habit. This seals the shoulder girdle to the chest, preventing the separation of the upper limbs (arms) from the body and thus disrupting the smoothness of movement that we all strive for. nine0005

Posture is a long topic, and since we all may need different advice or perhaps treatment to achieve correct posture, this can be a daunting task for the dancer and the dance teacher. Dance instructors, unless of course they are professional physiotherapists or certified specialists in another medical field, are not allowed to prescribe treatment. They can guide and give advice, but only the student or dancer can decide to undergo treatment and find the right specialist. Good posture can be hindered by injury or muscle imbalance. Try giving advice in different ways and sharing your thoughts with others. If someone has a very beautiful posture, try to understand why. nine0005


In my ballroom and WCS classes, I have heard some teachers incorrectly teach that a "frame" is a rigidly fixed position of the body that must be maintained constantly, "directing the latissimus dorsi down. " This is not only wrong, it is inefficient and can be dangerous. It just doesn't work in VKS. Rigidity prevents the inherent elasticity of the VCS, where the frame is essentially used only to control movement. Moreover, even such a frame must be adaptable. nine0005

A sufficient degree of physical freedom while maintaining posture contributes to both the physical and psychological comfort of the dancer. The frame is not a rigidly fixed structure, but remains in constant tone and is able to adapt and change depending on the needs of the dance. Adaptation skills are the real treasure ! Adaptation also means the ability to go into and out of a "rigid state". There are times when more rigidity of the body or frame is needed, such as during single leg rotations or lifts. nine0005

I don't mean to say that the latissimus dorsi, or "wings" as they are called, are not involved in creating the frame, but they do not work in isolation, and certainly do not play the first fiddle in this orchestra! Movement control also involves other deep muscles of the trunk and tissues of the rotator cuff muscles (deep muscles of the shoulder). Conversely, from a technical point of view, the "wings" take the humerus (the bone of the upper arm) and extend it (pull it back from the body), adduct it (direct it down to the body) and provide it with medial rotation (rotate towards the body) . Examples of the lats in action are lifting the body while climbing or getting out of the pool. It is a powerful muscle, so while its tone and work are important, overstretching it is counterproductive for dancing. nine0005

Rolled foot

Also a tricky concept for many people, as most of us have weak feet (no one goes to the gym to train their feet, right?), and since learning to roll is difficult at first, many simply stop doing it. Too diligent students, on the contrary, can easily overdo it here, so it is necessary to explain that this skill is acquired gradually, and in order to grow as a dancer, it must be mastered slowly, and not hammered into your body! Yes, there are certain rolling techniques that are considered more correct than others, and yes, there are exercises that you can do to strengthen the leg muscles needed for this. It is worth working on this for the sake of the plasticity and ability to control the body in dance, which this technique can give. nine0005

The feet are an extension of your legs and can both line up and break a line, help beat the music, communicate your intention to a partner, soften your landing, move you, push you, carry you and, if not worked on or cherished , can destroy the beautiful fluidity of the dance and negatively affect your balance and ability to lead or lead clearly and freely.

Injury to the ankle or foot can lead to other injuries. I recently treated a guy who was complaining that even after a year of "something" treatment for a sprained ankle and a rest period, he was still unable to run. I examined him and found that what was actually hindering his recovery was the lack of hip mobility and the restrictions created by the fascia. Now, after completing my assignments, he can run! My advice: don't ignore injuries. nine0005

Position of the body in space

Body position is a component of posture and frame, having accepted it, you are ready to move, to dance. It changes depending on the tempo and character of the music. If you look at a tennis player, his "stance" is quite obvious. When we dance WCS, our “stand” is not striking, but at the same time it is no less important than the “play” itself. Try watching YouTube videos of champions performing, and instead of paying attention to cool tricks and interesting figures, watch the fluidity of their movement and how their body position helps them in this. Slightly forward from the hips, more on the balls of the feet, upper limbs free to move and adapt. Now go to the mirror or ask a friend to take a video of you. Isn't there something to work on? nine0005

Common mistakes in videoconferencing that lead to injury.

When teachers do not pay due attention to technology in teaching. "Advice" is just advice; technique is a library of information that guarantees safety and contributes to a steady increase in the quality of dancing.

When dancers - both partners and partners - try to get into breaks, and take the necessary poses and positions too abruptly, too much, without proper control and technique. nine0005

No warm-up or stretching when the only thing that precedes the dance is a change of shoes!

When partners do not learn the technique of leading: they simply memorize the patterns, forgetting about the technique that allows the action to occur organically and effectively, which can result in injury to both the partner and the partner. Laying the foundation of the movement is extremely important!

When some dancers start learning patterns or moves from YouTube without having the skills to do them. But you must first do some work so that the body is ready for what these figures require of it. Doing them without preparation is just as dangerous as trying to bench press with the same weight as the bodybuilder in front of you. nine0005

When dancers, after going to beginner classes for a short time, then decide that they have already mastered the dance well enough, after which they quit and go only to parties. West Coast Swing, like any other dance in the general sense, is not an activity that can be simply "crossed off the shopping list" at some point. It is a skill that requires constant development, monitoring, feedback, improvement and practice. If you don't use it, it's wasted, and if you don't use it correctly, you'll be disappointed and hurt, either by you or perhaps your partner. nine0005

When a person does not pay attention to injuries and dances in spite of them. Your body will learn inadequate movement mechanics adjusted for the injury, but this will ultimately negatively impact your ability to move smoothly and freely.

What kind of physical activity do you think goes best with dancing or even makes it more effective?

WCS - asymmetrical dance. It is quite easy not to notice that the body is developed asymmetrically. Unfortunately, the repetitive pattern of asymmetrical movements inherent in WCS can also exacerbate imbalances in the body and cause injury, despite the beauty of this dance! Therefore, in addition to dancing, think about options such as gymnastics, gym, Pilates, yoga, exercises. On the way to this lofty goal, you may also benefit from taking up some other dances, such as jazz or ballet! Need to work on footwork? Try ballet or tap! nine0005

Test yourself: Does your right hand move as freely as your left? Are your ribs moving? Can you make a wave with a hull? Do you balance on one leg as well as on the other? Do you spin equally well in both directions? Can you turn your head to one side or the other? Can you tiptoe up on both your left and right foot? Are you having difficulty moving?

If, as a result of self-examination, you or your students find that you have difficulty moving, you can add the following to the training program: exercises for symmetrical development of the body, targeted work on removing clamps in the problem area (special exercises or training), or consult a qualified doctor, which is never redundant. nine0005

I also urge everyone not to neglect healthy eating and sleep. Dancers depend on their body and we must respect its needs. Yes, we all know that at VKS conventions they like to party until the morning, but if you look closely, people take breaks, leave the dance floor to take a nap, sleep off after. It depends on the schedule, but try to calculate your strengths correctly and find time to take care of your body.

Something else to think about. Not all doctors are equally qualified or specialize in the same area, so finding a specialist with whom you become “one team” can take some time. And what works for you may not always work for someone else. Feel free to ask questions, be positive yet realistic, and remember that it may take some time to heal or reach your goals. nine0005

I am convinced that the doctor is obliged not only to treat, but also to conduct explanatory work among patients. Your responsibility is to use the knowledge you have gained and be an “informed consumer”. Knowledge is power!

About the authors

Miles Monroe and Tessa Cunningham-Monroe (Myles Munroe, Tessa Cunningham Munroe) are top Canadian dancers and teachers of West Coast Swing.

Ruth Norgaard is a practicing physiotherapist and WCS dancer. nine0005

Photo: Rianne van de Kerkhof, David Wright, Rémy Dugoua, Ed Schipul, Stuart Anthony, Carl Brodeur, Stina, Laura Billings.

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Are doctors physiotherapists? Facts you need to know

In most cases, people mistake a physiotherapist for a doctor. They ask, "Aren't physical therapists doctors?" It should not be. Hence, we will try to clarify the difference to help you make the best choice. This time you will find out if you need a therapist or a doctor. nine0005

According to information from Sochi , physiotherapy was the best remedy for physical pain. Indeed, it works more miracles than painkillers. In addition, it has improved a person's day-to-day functions as well as improved mobility.

Most people's first reaction when they feel pain is to go to the doctor. Ironically, most of them don't even consider a chiropractor, probably because they don't know the office. Well, we will help you to distinguish between them. nine0005

The table below summarizes everything you will learn in the course of this article.

What is physical therapy?

Physical therapy deals with any disability or injury that limits a person's ability to move and perform functional activities of daily living.

This therapy relies on the person's history and physical examination to reach a diagnosis. Hence, diagnostics help them to make a management plan. In addition, they may include the results of laboratory and imaging studies, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRI results. nine0005

Management of physiotherapy usually defined activities. Activities include prescribing or assisting with selected exercises, manual therapy, and manipulation.

The whole idea of ​​physical therapy is to help people prevent loss of mobility before it happens. They do this by developing fitness and health-focused programs for a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Physical therapy is a professional career with many directions. They include; musculoskeletal, orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, neurology, endocrinology, wound dressing and electromyography. nine0005

Physiotherapists doctors? Let's find out more.

What do physiotherapists do?

Physiotherapists develop programs that take into account the fitness of their patients. These programs, which most often include exercise, aim to bring the individual into a state of physical strength and balance.

They perform some of their functions through the use of mechanical devices. Some of them include; traction, education, electrophysical conditions that include heat, cold, electricity, sound waves, radiation, assistive devices, prostheses, orthoses and other interventions. nine0005

Indeed, people in sports will be eternally grateful to physiotherapists for the role they play.

Where do physiotherapists work?

Physiotherapists practice in many institutions such as private physiotherapy clinics, outpatient clinics or offices, health and wellness clinics, rehabilitation hospitals, etc. The list is endless.

In addition, physical therapists also practice in non-patient care roles such as health policy, health insurance, health administration, and health care executives. nine0005

Physiotherapists are involved in the medico-legal field, acting as experts, performing peer review and independent medical examinations.

As you can see, physiotherapists play an important role in the general health sector. So when someone asks, "Are physical therapists doctors?", you can give a good answer.

How can I become a physiotherapist?

Becoming a physiotherapist may not be as difficult as becoming a doctor. So the question is, "Physiotherapists are doctors?" has some significance because of their similarity. nine0005

However, the following steps show how anyone can become a physiotherapist. These steps include;

Before you can enroll in a doctoral program in physiotherapy, you must meet certain requirements. One of these usually involves the completion of a bachelor's program with more of the following courses:

  • Human Body
  • Physiology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

to meet certain prerequisites. nine0005

Step 2: Complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

To work as a physical therapist, you must complete the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. As of 2014, the Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) has accredited 228 physical therapy programs, most of which are three years.

Of course, it is usually necessary to apply for DPT programs through the Physiotherapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). As a student in DPT programs, you must complete a clinical internship in a field such as emergency or orthopedic care with instructor-led experience. nine0005

, therefore, these DPT programs include course work in the following subjects:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Functional anatomy
  • difficult conditions

9000 9000 9000 9000 9000 states require CTs to become licensed. Licensing requirements are set by individual states but include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).


NPTE is a computerized multiple choice exam. Candidates can take the exam three times within twelve months. The Practical Exam and Assessment Tool (PEAT), also developed by the FSBPT, gives applicants time to practice by taking an exam using an NPTE-like exam.

Other licensing requirements may include a legal exam and a criminal background check. Most renewal programs require the completion of continuing education credits. Be sure to check with your state council for specific licensing requirements. nine0005

Step 4: Complete your residency (optional)

After completing your DPT, you may also apply for a clinical residency program for additional training and experience in specialized areas of care. Programs are usually designed for one year. You can then specialize further by earning a fellowship in an advanced clinical field.

Step 5: Obtain Board Certification (Optional)

After working in this field, physical therapists can apply to become board certified in any clinical area. nine0005

To be board certified, physical therapists must complete at least 2,000 hours of clinical work or an APTA-accredited residency program in a specialty and pass an examination.

Must Read: Physiotherapy Scholarships - World Scholarship Forum

What is Medicine?

Medicine is the science and practice of diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases. Medicine includes various health care practices designed to restore and maintain health through the treatment and prevention of disease. nine0005

Today, modern medicine uses biomedical sciences, biomedical research, genetics, and medical technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease. Hence, it is done through pharmaceuticals or surgery, but also through therapy.

Medicine has existed for a long period of time, during which it was an art (a field of skill and knowledge), often associated with the religious and philosophical beliefs of the local culture. nine0005

Today, since the advent of modern science, much of medicine has become a combination of art and science (both fundamental and applied, under the umbrella of medical science).

What do doctors do?

Every doctor's first concern is to restore his patient's health to optimal working condition.

Physicians can fulfill these responsibilities by performing diagnostic tests, preparing treatment plans, prescribing medications, and counseling patients. nine0005

Every doctor goes through years of training before being licensed to practice. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors and other healthcare workers have proven indispensable.

Where do doctors work?

Doctors work in hospitals, clinics, surgical centers, community health centers, and private or group doctors' offices.

In most cases, they practice in their own space, although these doctors cannot be completely trusted. So if you want to pay them a visit, the hospital is your best bet. nine0005

The demand for more physicians is increasing due to an aging population and major advances in science and technology. So, if you decide to become a doctor, you must follow a certain process.

How can I become a doctor?

Becoming a doctor is not difficult. In fact, you will see small differences and why physical therapists are not doctors.

The steps required to become a doctor include:

Step 1. Get a bachelor's degree

Most medical school applicants complete their undergraduate program before applying to medical school.

As a student, there are many undergraduate majors to choose from. However, students need to be sure that their workload includes a significant amount of research. Students are also expected to complete undergraduate degrees in social sciences, English, and mathematics.

Step 2: Medical School Graduate

Medical school lasts at least four years. Sometimes more is required. In the first two years, students complete core coursework in medicine, body systems, and disease.

During the last two years of medical school, students pass through various specialized departments of hospitals, where they gain experience in patient care under the guidance of teachers.

Finally, as a student, you must also pass a series of exams in your final year, which may include a medical licensing exam. nine0005

Step 3: Complete your residency

As a graduate, you can choose a residency program based on your career interests. These programs typically last three to eight years and cover general medical principles and specific medical specialties.

As a resident, you perform a number of extensive duties, such as conducting medical examinations, collecting medical records, attending conferences, and interpreting laboratory information.

Step 4: Get a license

All physicians must be licensed before they can fully practice medicine. To qualify for a license, you must complete a degree from an accredited medical school.

You must also complete the residency program and pass the medical license exam - this depends on your country.

Step 5: Earn certification in a specialty area

Getting certified in a specialty is not required, but it can increase employment opportunities. Physicians who wish to retain their certification must continue their training prior to testing to renew their certification. nine0005

So if you want to become a doctor, you must first get a bachelor's degree by taking as many science classes as possible. Then you must graduate from medical school, obtain a medical license, and possibly become certified in a specialty.

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Physiotherapists vs Doctors?

Since physiotherapists are not doctors, they have many similar practices. Well, that's to be expected, because they're both medical practitioners. nine0005

Physiotherapists encourage and create physical and mental exercise for their patients. These exercises help restore their physical and mental health.

On the other hand, doctors diagnose patients and offer them chemical treatments - usually drugs. Oddly enough, doctors still refer patients to physiotherapists.

Indeed, we can agree that both are very important and play vital roles. Imagine what athletes and athletes would go through without a physical therapist. Then imagine what the world would be like without a doctor. Terrible!. nine0005


In most cases, people call physiotherapists doctors, but they are not doctors.

DPT is a clinical doctorate. This is the degree required to complete the program and practice as a physical therapist.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program usually takes three to four yats.

Physiotherapists are called physicians because they perform certain medical functions such as administration, diagnosis, etc.

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