Physiotherapy is a specialized practice that centers on helping people regain optimal health and strength after an injury, sudden health event like a stroke, or when suffering from a chronic condition. After my husband broke his leg in 2002, he spent over a month in physiotherapy. Well, technically, it wasn’t broken – he stepped off a rock in a stream, and bent his foot until his toes touched his shin. (My apologies to squeamish readers – if it makes you feel better, I cringe every time he tells that story.) It was bad enough that he needed to spend 6 – 8 weeks in a cast. When his foot was released, not only was it weakened by the injury, the muscles were somewhat atrophied from the time spent in the cast.
If he hadn’t gone through physiotherapy after his cast was removed, he would probably still be in pain and walking with a limp. He had no side-to-side strength in his ankle at all by the end of those 8 weeks. The specific exercises given to him by the therapists helped him regain his strength and flexibility, so he was able to return to his (very physical) construction job.
The therapist taught him the exercises in twice-weekly sessions, and gave him some equipment and exercises to do at home. The tools used in physiotherapy can be deceptively simple – elastic bands and diagrams of the special stretches and exercises – so even your bedroom can be turned into a physiotherapy treatment room as you rehabilitate from your injury. Physiotherapy is really all about well aligned movements and repetitions, and my husband had excellent therapists that encouraged him to work hard. He ended up doing his stretches and exercises as much as five times daily. Now, some therapists would actually advise against that, as it could overwork the injured area and leave it vulnerable to re-injury. Thankfully, my husband recovered well – he was careful to listen to his body and not overdo his exercises – but it is very possible to overwork the injured area, so always consult your therapist on how often and how long to exercise.
Some of the exercises that he had to do were simple – pointing his toes, tracing letters of the alphabet in the air, then flexing to stretch the calf muscles. Sometimes he would do those same movements, but would use a wide elastic band held in his hands and hooked over his toes to create more resistance. And one of the first exercises the therapists would have him do every session at physiotherapy central was ride the exercise bike at a specific level of resistance.
All this sounds so simple and common-sense that some people think “I could do this on my own!” – PLEASE don’t try this on your own! Physiotherapists go through a lot of training to learn proper body mechanics and the right way to retrain the body. Always consult a professional to help you recover from a major life event. There are a number of professional organizations offering quality services of physiotherapy in Central. The right physiotherapy can add years of living to your life.
My friend will graduate from college soon this year after three years of legal studies. For the purpose of applying what she has learnt as well as out of her own interest, she is considering pursuing a career in the legal field. Ever since her childhood, she has dreamt of becoming a barrister, making her case and defending for her client just like those lawyers portrayed in TV dramas. She worked hard to enter the law school and worked even harder to graduate. However, just as she is about to step out from college and realize her dream, she has begun to hesitate. The media have published stories about the gloomy prospects for law school graduates in recent years. For example this story about the limited vacancies for law school graduates published by Bloomberg. There are also other stories about the cost of studying law, like this one published by Business Insider about the average debt of a law-school graduate.
Career prospects and the cost of study are two important factors to take into account before you enroll into a law school. It might still be the case that legal jobs are paid more handsomely than other general office work. However, the edge is narrowing and many legal practitioners at the lower rung of the ladder are earning not as much as before as a result of severe competition in the job market.
For students who are seeking higher ranking positions such as solicitors and barristers, they should pay attention to the cost of study for entering a law school. As Daniel A. Hochheiser, a criminal attorney and managing partner at Hochheiser & Hochheiser, quoted as saying in an article published by observer.com, “Law school is a major gamble.” Law-school students are required to spend a fortune on tuition fees and might find themselves deep in loans with no guarantee of success in landing a good paying legal job in the future.
In fact, as early as 2013, TIME magazine published an article about the legal sector might be in for a fundamental change arising from a grim legal job market. It was noted in the article that there were a surprising number of legal job postings that offer no pay at all, in addition to many legal graduates were stuck with low-paying contract work which are tedious and unrewarding. This has caused a vicious cycle for law-school graduates, who are not able to secure a well-paying job and end up not being able to pay off their debt. Having no other choices they are stuck with low-paying jobs, which are not paying enough to help them to clear up their debts.
The cost of continuing professional study is another factor to consider for law-school students. Law associations in different countries require all legal practitioners to keep abreast of the latest trends of the industry and expand their expertise by taking legal CPD courses. The cost of CPD for lawyers should be taken into account before one decides to enter the legal field.
There is no guarantee that studying a law degree will be a good investment. Prepared for the worst and equipped yourself with the necessary knowledge is what we can do to minimize the risk. After all, there is no surefire way to a successful career.