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How to get a job as a Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist

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Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist

 

Physiotherapy and massage therapy are incredibly interesting and rewarding career paths; we don’t blame you for considering them! If you have been thinking about a career as a physiotherapist or massage therapist, you are in the right place. The Fitness Associates provides a job platform for finding physiotherapy and massage jobs in the UK, as well as useful career advice to guide you on your journey. We pride ourselves on bringing you a wide range of attractive roles with the most credible and dedicated employers, offering you the career fulfilment you desire.

 

How can I become a physiotherapist or massage therapist?

 

Well, the bad news is that you can’t just jump straight onto the massage table and get to work. The good news is though, that with the appropriate training and development, you will be on your way to a gratifying and potentially lucrative career. Although physiotherapy and massage therapy are similar, they are quite different career paths. We have outlined the study options for both below, so that you can make an educated decision.

 

Physiotherapy

To become a physiotherapist, you will need to start by attaining a physiotherapy degree or post-graduate qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. There are a few ways to go about this and some options include gaining on the job experience while you study. You could:

  • enrol directly in a Bachelor degree through your local university;
  • join a work experience program or apprenticeship and study while you obtain exposure in the industry; or
  • secure a role as a part-time physiotherapy assistant and learn while you earn.

 

Massage therapy

To become a massage therapist, you don’t have to complete a bachelor degree and instead, can seek qualifications through one of the many professional bodies for massage therapy. You could also complete an apprenticeship in massage therapy, which will also allow you to bring in an income while you achieve your qualification.  

 

I am already a physiotherapist or massage therapist, but I need a change.

 

Great! Sometimes a change is just what you need to bring satisfaction back into your career. Before you start scouring our site looking for your next gig, there are a few questions you should ask yourself about your ideal position:

 

  • Are you looking for a role as an employee of a healthcare practice, massage studio, hospital, leisure club or are you considering opening your own business?
  • What type of clients do you want to work with?
  • Are there any specialisations you would like to explore?
  • What are your financial expectations? Do these fit with the type of clients and specialisations you have in mind?

 

If you are thinking about specialising, there are quite a few options for you to consider; niching down allows you to develop your expertise and gain recognition as a specialist in your field. Some ideas include:

 

  • Sports physiotherapy or massage
  • Long term injury or chronic pain rehabilitation
  • Relaxation massage
  • Acupuncture and dry needling
  • Functional physiotherapy
  • Preventative physiotherapy or massage

 

What can I expect, working as a physiotherapist or massage therapist?

 

As we have mentioned, physiotherapy and massage therapy can be both interesting and rewarding. But there are also challenges. So, what else can you expect?

  • Back to back clients with minimal breaks – as a physiotherapist or massage therapist you will most likely have clients booked back to back and you won’t have much down-time in between. This means that you must be organised with your paperwork, or you could end up taking work home at the end of the day.
  • Difficult customers – most of your clients will be suffering from injuries. Pain often causes other emotions, including anger and frustration. Unfortunately, this anger and frustration is often taken out on healthcare professionals, so you will need to be able to flex your resilience muscle.
  • Safety first – as a healthcare professional, you always need to put your client’s health and safety first. This includes following protocols and making sure that you are only providing treatment and advice that is suitable for your client’s circumstances.
  • Immense gratitude – you are helping your clients gain pain relief, so expect there to be plenty of gratitude! This is one of the most rewarding parts of the job, so enjoy it!

 

Interested in finding out more about the physiotherapy and massage therapy jobs available in your area? Click here to check out our job platform!