Basics of physical therapy

lkine1021  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Basics of physical therapy
8.00 credits
13.0 h + 97.5 h

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Knowing how to palpate the different anatomical structures (palpatory anatomy) is an indispensable skill for the examination of the patient.
Demonstrations on anatomical parts (Dissection) contribute to a better integration of the palpatory anatomy.
The basics of the physical therapy assessment will also be discussed in this course.
The basic techniques, namely passive mobilization, active mobilization and soft tissue manipulations (including massage) are taught in this course.  
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of this teaching entity, the student should be able to perform the basic techniques of physiotherapy: palpation and identification of bone and soft tissue, evaluation of muscle function, physical therapy assessment, passive mobilisation, active mobilisation, soft tissue manipulation and massage.    
Biomechanics Applied to physiotherapy (10-0h) Palpation anatomy and muscle testing (0-30h) Active mobilization and muscle strengthening techniques (0-15h) Passive mobilization (0-15h) Massage techniques and soft tissue manipulation (0-15h) Physiotherapy assessment (0-15h) - Demonstration of dissection (0-7.5h)
Teaching methods
The training in physiotherapy requires an apprenticeship under the same conditions as those encountered in the practice of the profession of physiotherapist. Practical courses of basic physiotherapy techniques therefore involve practicing on another student who plays the role of the patient and lending oneself to the role of patient. As a result, students who play the role of the patient are sometimes required to undress as they would in a physiotherapy practice (but with underwear on).
In order to ensure that each student encounters a maximum number of cases, as in clinical practice, the groups are mixed.
These practical courses are the basis for learning the profession and are carried out with absolute respect for each person's body. This is the basis for learning professional ethics. Any questionable practice will be immediately sanctioned.
These essential dimensions of the teaching of physiotherapy do not suffer any exception or any accommodation whatsoever.
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Evaluation methods
Written exam AND oral exam (practical part) -  Continuous evaluation
Other information
Prerequisites: Anatomy and movement analysis, biomechanics
Support: Syllabus and book(s)
Supervision: Holder(s) Practical part: Assistants, Technical Advisors
Online resources
Slides of teh course - Video capsules - PowerPoint presentation with comments
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Motor Skills: Physical Education

Bachelor in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation