Are you worried that the medical field focuses too much on drugs to cure health problems? Do you feel that lifestyle changes can do the lion's share in achieving a decent level of health? If so, you aren't alone. Many people and organizations feel that the medical community spends too much time masking the symptoms of disease with drugs without getting to the heart of the medical problem. Many times, people who take drugs for their ailments could just as easily deal with a medical problem by leading a healthier lifestyle.
Physical therapy is one of the few legitimate medical practices that help people with medical problems without the use of drugs. Physical therapists teach people to help themselves by doing certain exercises that strengthen weak muscles or rebuild ailing parts of the body.
To have a career in physical therapy, you'll need to spend a lot of time in school. Physical therapists are required to have both a bachelor's degree in a related field and a postgraduate degree in physical therapy. Most students who hope to become physical therapists major in the sciences as undergraduates, because they need to take many science courses such a as biology, chemistry, and anatomy to get into a physical therapy graduate school. While earning their physical therapy degree, students have to spend many hours in a physical therapy clinic assisting professional physical therapists, and getting field experience. They also have to pass a series of standardized tests to receive state certifications.
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