WHAT IS PHYSICAL THERAPY?
It is a professional discipline in the area of health which studies human body movement and focuses its attention on:
- Maintaining and strengthening movement possibilities according to age.
- Identify and control risks that might lead to the development of movement disorders or disabilities.
- Prevent or provide recovery from movement disorders and participate in rehabilitation processes of persons with disabilities, both individually and collectively at any stage of life.
In Physical Therapy, movement is assumed to be a vital expression and a basic element for human development. When a subject moves, there is a combination of biological, affective, emotional, spiritual, playful, communicative and ethical aspects in order to carry out various activities that allow him to participate at family, school, work, athletic, recreational, and cultural levels, among others.
Physical Therapy is a profession for the present and the future, since, according to the worldwide trends of population distribution, the number of elderly people is increasing. Likewise, the demands of the modern environment can lead people to lead unhealthy lifestyles that impact health slowly and progressively. This can generate chronic diseases and thus reduce quality of life, requiring professionals to develop intervention processes that allow people to live and grow old whilst remaining healthy, active and independent.
The Physical Therapy program at the UAM provides theoretical and practical elements associated with man, health and human body movement related to physical therapy intervention processes which facilitate professional actions in the fields of health promotion and protection, therapy, rehabilitation, management and research. Thus, the physical therapist can work in the areas of:
- Health : promotion and maintenance of good performance in different activities such as identification and risk control, prevention of disease, movement disorders and disability and intervention of the disability status from functional rehabilitation.
- Administration: management and administration of physical therapy services and support to the processes of quality management in the health area.
- Education : design and implementation of training and education programs in the area of health.
- Development of actions to promote and maintain performance in different activities such as risk control and prevention of movement disorders in children, adolescents and young people in care centers, schools and universities.
- Production : support and guidance to the development of occupational health programs.
- Sports : design, implementation and evaluation of programs for health promotion, prevention and recovery from sports injuries.
- Research : participation in scientific research to renew or produce knowledge that contributes to the development of the profession.
- Public Health : support in the design, implementation and evaluation of plans, programs and projects aimed at promoting public health.
Applicants to the Physical Therapy Program at UAM should be characterized by their spirit of service, capacity for teamwork and decision making, sensitivity to social issues such as disability as well as interest in the development of oral communication, written and body skills that allow them to interact with the health team, community, family and the individual.
From an academic viewpoint, applicants should have a taste for and interest in biology, physics, chemistry and, in general, in understanding human beings from a biological and psychological perspective as well as in social research and community work.
The Physical Therapy program provides three stages of practical experience: the first is carried out in communities running programs on health promotion and prevention; the second is carried out in clinics, hospitals, companies, rehabilitation institutions and sports clubs to develop promotion and prevention processes, treatment of people with diseases that affect movement and functional rehabilitation of people with disabilities; the third links students to the Peace and Competitiveness Program and consists of a practical internship semester undertaken by all students of the UAM in municipalities of the surrounding coffee region that are involved in development projects.
The Physical Therapy program has agreements with:
- Santa Sofía Hospital
- Caldas Hospital
- Children's Hospital
- Versailles Clinic
- Geriatric Hospital
- Foundation IINES
- Once Caldas
- Pelusa Kindergarten
- La Linda Work School