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I have concluded a four year bachelor in Physiotherapy in Lisbon, Portugal. During my training I have worked in the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and the cardiorespiratory areas, with patients from all ages, from infants to the elderly. I have experience working in hospitals, private practices, schools and a non-profit organization that specialized in cerebral palsy. I have experience in group classes, hydrotherapy, hippotherapy, myofascial release techniques, manual techniques, electrotherapy, exercise therapy and functional bandages. The last four months of my education was spent in Finland where I had classes and training in a hospital and private practice, this experience showed my capacity to adapt to different environments and situations.
Throughout my training I have demonstrated excellent skills when it comes to doing comprehensive assessments and accurate diagnosis followed by therapeutic interventions. When assessing a patient I divided my assessment between subjective and objective examinations and I maintained confidentiality and gained valid informed consent from patients or carers. My interventions are evidenced-based and adapted to each individual. As part of my role I advised and taught patients about their conditions by talking and by creating informative documents, as well as prescribing appropriate equipment such as rollators and walking sticks. I have always been aware of health and safety regulations, not only towards me but towards patients and other staff. As a good health professional I make sure patients are in a safe position or ensure safety during moving and handling. Re-evaluation of the patients is very important to identify and act when there is adverse clinical signs and to adjust your treatment.
From the first moment I meet the patients I demonstrate compassion, empathy, sensitivity and treat them with dignity. It is important that patients feel safe and trust us into giving equal opportunities for them. One way of achieving all of that is through communication, this way they feel understood, they explain their problems and what they want to achieve. Communication is essential to achieve a good assessment and intervention. Communication with the patient, the carers and the rest of the team. Whether its communication through writing, listening, verbal or non verbal. It is important that the patients explain their needs, fears or doubts, understand their condition and understand the treatment. Our intervention will only achieve good results if it is in sync with the other professionals and if there is a good team work.
I have experience in managing resources while prioritizing patients and, when allowed, delegating tasks to assistants. I am dedicated and committed to making positive changes with the other professionals I work alongside.